Senior Investment Associate, Lagos/Nairobi

Nairobi/Lagos
Founders Factory Africa – Investments /
Full-time /
Hybrid
Founders Factory Africa (FFA) is unlike any place you’ve ever worked. We are an early-stage VC and venture builder dedicated to solving some of Africa’s biggest challenges and capitalising on its incredible potential by leveraging market and tech opportunities. We believe that by providing exceptional founders with capital, expert operational support, and access to a global network of corporates, investors and entrepreneurs, founders can build and scale faster. We have invested in 60 companies across the continent and will invest in another 105 over the next five years. 

The Role
We are looking to hire a Senior Investment Associate to support our efforts in sourcing and qualifying early-stage startups in Africa. The successful candidate will co-lead our ecosystem engagement efforts to source and identify promising startups, as well as lead the investment process which culminates into Investment Committee approvals. The candidate must have a good understanding of technology and business models and have existing networks and exposure to the startup world within Africa.

Responsibilities:

    • Sourcing new investment opportunities and leading ecosystem engagement efforts:
    • Support in developing and maintaining an active partnership referral network within the African Tech ecosystem 
    • Conduct market analysis and keep up to speed with sector trends and market performance
    • Lead deep dives, industry analysis, and market mapping. Source, identify, and evaluate new investment opportunities - startups and founders 
    • Attending, participating, and hosting industry events to promote FFA venture programs, working together with the rest of the sourcing team.

    • Screening,  Qualifying, and presenting opportunities at the Investment Committee - Lead on converting investment opportunities 
    • Take responsibility for all aspects of the sourcing process (initial screening, negotiation, qualification process, due diligence, and stakeholder socialisation) 
    • Conduct thorough opportunities assessment, including market and competitor analysis, technical due diligence, impact modelling, and financial model review
    • Prepare documentation to present and sell new investment opportunities internally and to the Investment Committee

    • Portfolio Support and monitoring:
    • Work with the portfolio and ventures team in strategic planning for company growth, business model design, and other critical support areas
    • Support in reporting expectations, including collecting and analyzing data from portfolio companies to feed to the portfolio team
    • Join internal board meetings

Candidate Profile:

    • Have a minimum of 3  years of experience in a similar venture capital fund leading the end-to-end investment process 
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills, able to build a network, source companies, and develop relationships with top African entrepreneurs and other tech/entrepreneurship eco-system players in key markets across Africa 
    • An analytical mind able to qualify and understand different concepts and business models
    • Independently be able to form views around investment decisions, make recommendations, and present deals to senior colleagues and the investment committee
    • Be proficient in Excel and comfortable manipulating data and building financial models
    • Knowledge and experience building financial models
    • Extensive knowledge, enthusiasm for, and interest in technology and start-ups
    • A self-starter who thrives in an autonomous role, with excellent prioritisation, self-organisation, and execution skills