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POSITION CLOSED: Associate to scale our venture sourcing in Central Europe

Zero Carbon Capital seeks an Associate for its early-stage climate tech venture capital fund.


About us:

Zero Carbon Capital (ZCC) is an early-stage venture investor backing extraordinary companies building innovative scientific solutions to the biggest, hardest challenges of decarbonisation. We look for technologies addressing half gigaton problems, and the vision-aligned teams to build them.


We invest in companies at pre-seed and seed stage, and offer all-round support to help turn ideas and prototypes into valuable companies. We are looking for solutions across all the unsolved emissions areas, including heavy-duty transportation, energy production and storage, industrial processes, buildings and food & agriculture.


We're scientists by education and have spent our careers at the intersection of technology, innovation and business. We've been fortunate to work with, and learn from, some of the smartest people in the world and to have worked on products that have impacted billions of lives. We've now turned our attention to what we can do to support entrepreneurs and scientists in the fight for the future of our planet.


About the role:

ZCC is looking for an Associate to deliver:

  • Venture scouting - you will become a key source for finding new companies. We want you to cast a wide net! This will include developing and managing relationships with deal flow partners, having the first conversation with entrepreneurs, reading newsletters, attending pitch events, growing and maintaining our database of interesting companies and championing teams to the rest of the company.

  • Developing and maintaining a network of trusted relationships among entrepreneurs, co-investors, university faculty and grad students, incubators, venture builders and technology hubs.

  • Responding to inbound inquiries from entrepreneurs, co-investors, and ecosystem partners in a way that creates respect and goodwill.

  • Due diligence - you will get involved with analysis of opportunities, including sector, market and opportunity analysis, carbon TAM calculations, technoeconomic analysis and financial modelling.

  • Reporting requirements for the fund.

  • New responsibilities as they come to light! This is a new fund and we are moving fast, there is big scope for your role to grow and evolve.


About you: You have a…

  • Strong alignment with our fund’s mission of achieving net-zero emissions.

  • Deep intellectual curiosity.

  • Analytical approach and you will probably have an advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a quantitative and scientific subject area.

  • Strong analytical skills, both qualitative and quantitative. You love technical detail and numbers, and you are happy sifting through data, summarising reports and drawing logical conclusions.

  • Excellent listening and communicating skills, in oral and written form, with a good sense of humour.

  • Strong networking skills and willingness to attend events and conferences to source startups, connect with co-investors and build on ZCC’s knowledge.

  • Collaborative approach, and you are comfortable working with entrepreneurs, academics, and other investors.

  • Experience evaluating early-stage investment opportunities preferred, particularly in cleantech or deeptech.

  • Confident working style. You will work independently and remotely with little supervision, and you need to have a self-starting, positive attitude.


Zero Carbon Capital is an equal opportunity employer with an intentional focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants from backgrounds which are underrepresented in venture capital are especially encouraged to apply.


Location:

You can be based anywhere, but you will need to travel to events and companies. Our preference is to have someone who can focus on venture scouting in central Europe, for example someone who is based in Berlin. The rest of the team is based in or near London and typically meet in person at least twice a month. We will arrange a hybrid format for these frequent meetings and would arrange for the whole team to meet in person quarterly in various locations.


Salary: depending on experience.


How to apply:

  • Please email us at info@zerocarbon.capital with a link to your LinkedIn profile or a traditional CV.

  • Please include a paragraph written in your own words (500 words or less) on one of the following:

  • The Cleantech Group has recently published their Cleantech 100 list. If you were going to make an angel investment, which company would you invest in and why?

  • PWC published a Future50 report featuring companies they think are contributing to our net zero future. If you were going to make an angel investment, which company would you invest in and why?

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