Open Positions

EchoVC Analyst (Full-Time, Entry Level)        

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The firm is seeking to hire an Analyst to be a member of the investment team. Ideally, candidates should have successful experience working in the world of venture-backed technology startups as a founder, employee, or intern. In the absence of that, other previous entrepreneurial and/or investment experience of any kind is a significant plus, especially if it relates to information technology. 


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct market research on competitive industries, evaluate certain products and services and identify trends, patterns, and gaps/opportunities
  • Develop and deliver research presentations to the EchoVC investment team and portfolio companies
  • Participate in and contribute to partnership meetings
  • Screen entrepreneurs’ pitch decks, conduct interviews with entrepreneurs, help investment Partners and Principals with due diligence, and writing investment memos
  • Assist EchoVC staff in carrying out various group and individual activities related to supporting entrepreneurs in the pre and post funding stages
  • Participate in events that help build the ecosystem for entrepreneurs in tech

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Previous experience (0-2 years) with some knowledge of the world of [technology] startups
  • Demonstrated experience with a social impact organization (e.g. President of a diverse student organization)
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse teams  

DESIRED SKILLS:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Work experience in venture capital, investment banking, consulting, or other finance organizations
  • Good/Excellent business research and financial modeling skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and passion for finding tech-driven solutions to close quality-of-life gaps
  • Ability to work collaboratively with entrepreneurs and other clients from diverse backgrounds is highly desirable; charismatic, people- and relationship-oriented
  • Demonstrated curiosity around and aptitude for understanding new technologies and business models
  • Fluency in French, Swahili or Amharic/Oromo appreciated but not required
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and written skills; clear succinct writer, eloquent
  • Intellectual curiosity, self-awareness
  • Hard working self-starter able to function semi-independently without significant oversight; scrappy and eager to help build remarkable companies; competitive, plays to win. 

PROFESSIONAL BENEFITS:

  • You will have co-ownership of your projects and manage these projects from start to finish
  • Interact with VCs, entrepreneurs, and ICT ecosystem players
  • Learn about commerce, media, education, health care, consumer finance, financial inclusion, and other sectors in which we invest

JOB LENGTH:

  • 2 Years (Pre-MBA)

COMPENSATION:

  • We offer a competitive compensation and health benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY:
Submit applications here.  Applications should include a cover letter, resume or LinkedIn profile, and answers to the following questions below:

  • Why do you want a job in technology venture capital in Sub-Saharan Africa?
  • Why did you want a job with EchoVC, specifically?
  • What/who do you care about most?
  • Pick a subset of an underserved population in SSA and describe how you see technology improving their lives.
  • Using Professor Adam Grant’s ‘Give and Take’ as a framework, how would you classify yourself? Why?
  • What’s your favorite piece of media (art, music, film, literature, etc.)? Why?
  • Describe a time in your life when you balked against conventional wisdom. Why? How did that turn out? What did you learn about yourself?
  • Would you do this job for free? Why or why not? What would you do for free?
  • If you could start a company, what would it be and how would you go about making it a winner?

You may include the essay question in the resume file submission, as a second page.


EchoVC Associate (Full-Time, Entry Level)        

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The firm is seeking to hire an Associate to be a member of the investment team and work closely with the startup founders we invest in. Ideally, candidates should have successful experience working in the world of venture-backed technology startups as a founder, employee, or intern. In the absence of that, other previous entrepreneurial and/or investment experience of any kind is a significant plus, especially if it relates to information technology.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Screen entrepreneurs’ pitch decks, conduct interviews with entrepreneurs, help investment Partners and Principals with due diligence, and creating investment memos
  • Evaluate opportunities for investment, assess investment risks, analyze financial data, and perform business and investment valuation
  • Proactively source new investment opportunities
  • Manage due diligence process, write investment memos and assist with investment execution
  • Conduct market research on competitive industries and evaluate their products and services, and the demand for these competitive products and services
  • Assist EchoVC staff in carrying out various group and individual activities related to supporting entrepreneurs in the pre and post funding stages
  • Interact with entrepreneurs, advisors, clients, financing orgs, lawyers and ICT ecosystem players
  • Develop and deliver presentations to the EchoVC team, portfolio companies and clients
  • Coordinate with internal partners on high-impact strategies and evaluation
  • Represent EchoVC at relevant sector specific conferences, meetups, and events
  • Represent EchoVC at events that help build the ecosystem for diverse entrepreneurs in tech

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Previous experience (2-4 years) and knowledge of the world of technology startups as a founder, early stage employee, or other full-time role
  • Excellent business research and financial modeling skills
  • Demonstrated experience with a high-impact organization 
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse teams  

DESIRED SKILLS:

  • Bachelor’s degree (an MBA is a plus)
  • Degree in Computer Science or exposure to self taught development coursework a significant plus
  • Work experience in venture capital, investment banking, consulting, or other finance organizations
  • Familiarity with venture capital financing structures and practices, e.g., convertible debt and equity
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and passion for finding tech-driven solutions to close quality-of-life gaps
  • Ability to work collaboratively with entrepreneurs and other clients from diverse backgrounds is highly desirable; charismatic, people- and relationship-oriented
  • Demonstrated curiosity around and aptitude for understanding new technologies and business models
  • Fluency in French, Swahili or Amharic/Oromo appreciated
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and written skills; clear succinct writer, eloquent
  • Intellectual curiosity, self-awareness
  • Positive entrepreneurial outlook with desire to make a large impact on an organization
  • Strong personal networks amongst entrepreneurs 
  • Familiarity with major tech ecosystem individuals, groups and events

PROFESSIONAL BENEFITS:

  • You will have ownership of your projects and manage these projects from start to finish
  • Interact and build relationships with VCs, entrepreneurs, and ICT ecosystem players
  • Learn about commerce, media, education, health care, consumer finance, financial inclusion, and other sectors in which we invest

COMPENSATION:

  • We offer a competitive compensation and health benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY:
Submit applications here.  Applications should include a cover letter, resume or LinkedIn profile, and answers to the following questions below:

  • Why do you want a job in technology venture capital in Sub-Saharan Africa?
  • Why did you want a job with EchoVC, specifically?
  • What/who do you care about most?
  • Pick a subset of an underserved population in SSA and describe how you see technology improving their lives.
  • Using Professor Adam Grant’s ‘Give and Take’ as a framework, how would you classify yourself? Why?
  • What’s your favorite piece of media (art, music, film, literature, etc.)? Why?
  • Describe a time in your life when you balked against conventional wisdom. Why? How did that turn out? What did you learn about yourself?
  • Would you do this job for free? Why or why not? What would you do for free?
  • If you could start a company, what would it be and how would you go about making it a winner?

You may include the essay question in the resume file submission, as a second page.


If you would like to send us your resume so we can keep you in mind for future positions, please send your resume to:

recruiting at echovc dot com.