Cambridge, MA
Engine Ventures /
Full-Time /
Engine Ventures

Engine Ventures invests in visionary founders who dare to explore the edges of possibility. Our approach focuses on translating scientific and engineering breakthroughs from the lab to the global market to solve the planet’s most pressing problems. We provide capital, operational expertise, and a powerful academic, commercial, and governmental network to build and scale companies unlocking massive opportunities across climate, human health, and advanced systems. We partner with founding teams who are committed to positive societal impact and look for leaders with an unstoppable drive to realize their vision.

Since opening our doors in 2016, we have invested in over 55 teams tackling the biggest challenges and created an unparalleled ecosystem for translation of breakthrough science and engineering into transformative deep tech companies. Our early investments include pioneering companies like Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Form Energy, Boston Metal, Cellino Biotech and Celestial AI. We take an active role in supporting founding teams that goes beyond service on company Boards, by working closely with founding teams across company strategy, fundraising, recruiting and business development. Visit our website for additional details about our founders, our team, and our mission: 

Engine Ventures has offices in Cambridge, MA and is co-located with the Engine Accelerator.

The Role 

Engine Ventures is looking for an exceptional, collaborative, entrepreneurial, and analytical individual to join our investment team as an Associate. The ideal candidates blend deep technical knowledge with operational or other business experience along with strong empathy for the journey of deep tech founders. We seek candidates with interdisciplinary backgrounds that are comfortable working across multiple engineering and scientific domains. 

Associates are core members of the Engine Ventures investment team. You will engage closely with early-stage founders and academics, leading technical and business due diligence while maintaining a keen sense of the commercial opportunities. You will learn about early-stage company formation, value creation and capital fundraising, working alongside Engine Ventures Partners to negotiate deal terms and support the founders as they build their companies. Associates are expected to launch headfirst into the work of growing Engine Ventures, our platform, our networks and our capabilities to serve our portfolio. Engine Ventures is a lean and highly collaborative team committed to developing our talent.

Key Responsibilities

    • Develop and maintain a broad network of researchers and entrepreneurs to identify new investment areas and opportunities.
    • Perform due diligence, including business and scientific assessment of investment opportunities, and compose investment memorandums.
    • Discuss, evaluate, and present new investment opportunities within a flat structure in weekly investment team meetings.
    • Work alongside Partners to structure investments in deep tech
    • Support portfolio companies post-investment as they grow their teams, consider strategic priorities, develop business models, and raise follow-on capital.
    • Represent Engine Ventures and our mission while advocating for Tough Tech in the startup and academic ecosystems.
    • Be flexible to take on new responsibilities and special projects as they arise, to enable goals across fund programs, events, content, etc.

Skills & Qualifications

    • Graduate degree, preferably PhD, ideally spanning two or more of the following:
    •  Physical sciences, including chemistry or material science OR
    •  Engineering, including chemical, mechanical, electrical or nuclear OR
    •  Life sciences, biology, biophysics or biomedical engineering
    • 2-5+ years of experience in business or product roles in a deep tech company or in management consulting.
    • Strong alignment with Engine Ventures' mission to enable Tough Tech entrepreneurs to build transformative, world-changing companies.
    • Empathy for the entrepreneurial journey and ability to build trust while driving results with entrepreneurs and Engine Ventures teammates.
    • A dedicated team player committed to collaboration.
    • Outstanding analytical skills and strong attention to detail combined with adaptability and creativity.
    • Superior communication, listening, and critical thinking skills.
Please send CV and a cover letter to apply.