Venture Associate

Role Summary

As a Venture Associate at Wavemaker Labs, you will help manage the growth and business development for our portfolio companies.  This will entail all aspects of building a new business, including: writing business plans; building financial models; putting together pitch decks; branding & marketing; hiring key employees; working directly with corporate partners; and assisting in fundraising activities.

Values

  • Commit to desired outcomes …define desired outcomes and achieve them vigorously
  • Challenge assumptions …to ensure great outcomes
  • Prudent optimism …glass-half-full, with a dose of caution to challenge our assumptions
  • No egos, no jerks …no joke

Competencies
  • Excellence/Quality: Is attentive to detail and accuracy, is committed to excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds the root cause of problems, owns/acts on resolving problems
  • Teamwork: Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team meet goals, welcomes new team members and promotes a team atmosphere
  • Learning/Self-Development: Seeks out and accepts feedback, is a proactive learner, takes on tough assignments to improve skills, keeps knowledge and skills up-to-date, turns mistakes into learning opportunities
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills: Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills. Builds strong relationships, is flexible/open-minded, negotiates effectively, solicits performance feedback and handles constructive criticism.
  • Decisiveness and Sense of Urgency: Prioritizes well, shows energy, reacts to opportunities, instills urgency in others, meets deadlines.

Responsibilities
  • Manage multiple resources in order to hit deadlines and complete deliverables
  • Assist in fundraising activities, including forecasting and financial modeling
  • Network and relationship building for the firm
  • Complete multiple deep dives across various industries in order to research trends and present new investment opportunities to the Labs team
  • Manage business develop opportunities for up to 5 companies and business ideas at any one time
  • Use available data and information to make and substantiate recommendations across a functional areas

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree required; 3+ years of full-time work experience
  • Experience in finance, audit, consulting, venture capital nice to have
  • Great at boiling complex ideas down to their core and communicating them effectively to any audience
  • Great written communication skills, especially related to describing a complex business or idea
  • Strong MS Excel and Presentation (Powerpoint, Keynote, etc.) skills
  • Can make conversation with anyone and help people tell their best story
  • Strong quantitative and analytics skills


Wavemaker Labs is a corporate innovation studio that builds disruptive technologies for corporate partners that need to innovate and grow.  Our goal is to help these partners think and execute like start-ups, and ultimately bring disruptive technology to market that advances their industry and business.  We’re focused on introducing new technologies across automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, and commerce.

Department: Business
This is a full time position

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