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Join us as a Venture Associate Fellow!

Wanna break into venture? Wanna work with some of the most awe inspiring founders changing industries in Africa? Whether you're a product manager, financial analyst or researcher - we want to hear from you! 

From sourcing, due diligence, building out micro-theses, portfolio support and investor relations, we want to create a flexible, fulfilling experience for you to geta head start in venture in one of the most exciting startup ecosystems on the planet!

Lagos Nigeria

What will I be working on? 

We'll work with you to create an experience that fits your aspirations but here are 3 key areas we hope to work with our Venture Associate Fellows on:

1. Pipeline Building:

a) Be one of the first points of contact for potential investees, managing them through the investment pipeline
b) Early / light review and initial analysis of company information
i) Develop processes to support this work (we have 100s of cold inbound monthly)
ii) Coordinate initial conversations

2. Research & Diligence:

a) Support the due diligence process in the advanced pipeline
b) Research and build investment theses
c) Engage and coordinate both primary research and desktop research on sectors
d) Review confidential company information and financials
e) Work closely with Sherpa team of partners and venture partners to reach a robust and informed investment decision. 

3. Portfolio Management:

a) Work with the team to plan portfolio support sprints utilising time, expertise and networks of our partners, venture partners and LP base
b) Coordinate the delivery of portfolio support
c) Act as specialist and directly deliver portfolio support where appropriate

Why we think it's a pretty amazing opportunity

1. You'll get to work hands on, directly with founders building industry transforming startups.
2. You'll have the opportunity to shape the specifics of our investment theses across sectors and geographies.
3. We're high energy, mission driven and all about getting it done - we run as hard and fast as our founders.
4. You'll be a significant voice at each stage of our decisioning process and bring your own expertise and experience into our investment process.

The Details

We're flexible to design your experience around your life, we anticipate our fellows to build with us for 4 - 8 hours a week over a 3 - 6 month period. And yes, we will absolutely will provide a financial compensation package.

If this sounds like you or someone you know - we'd love to chat!

Reach out to us at join @ sherpa . africa

1. Your CV

2. 3 slides pitching a startup

3. A three minute video sharing a response to one of these statements:

a. "Markets in Africa are too small and consumer spending too weak, Startups aren't able to reach target venture backed scale on the continent"

b. "There is no proven path to liquidity for startups in Africa, trade acquisitions have been rare and IPOs rarer, venture investors will not be able to realise returns in Africa"

c. "Most corporates in Africa prefer to build their own solutions and software and aren't open to partnering or purchasing solutions from startups, therefore B2B startups face a thin market"

We review applications on a rolling basis and anticipate to invite successful candidates to their 1st chat with us within 8 weeks of submission.

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