VC Internship @ Energize Ventures in Chicago, IL

Become a part of the Energize Ventures team to deliver excellent returns and build the Fund’s reputation as the premier energy and industrials technology venture investor. We are a small team and this role requires flexibility, a diverse skill set, and ability to perform at a high level on multiple fronts. We are looking for a driven, hard-working, insightful individual to help us with market deep dives, investment sprints, and other strategic initiatives.
Help us identify, decide on, and win opportunities to invest in the best energy & industrial tech startups:

  • Help evaluate and respond to a high volume of initial introductions, including holding initial screening conversations with ventures and evaluating those opportunities
  • Assist in due diligence process including meeting notes, references, product and technical due diligence, competitive landscape research, market sizing, and financial evaluation
  • Help our team identify and track the most promising technologies and companies for potential investment
  • Help us analyze pipeline companies, prepare and refine investment theses, source, diligence, and close investments
  • Assist with regular LP updates on our portfolio and firm progress
  • Help with any relevant research to help support insight pieces, blog posts, speeches or presentations by members of our team

Skills required

  • Enthusiasm for energy technology, entrepreneurs, and business learning
  • Fundamental grasp of the broader industrial markets, including automotive, oil & gas, advanced manufacturing, and others.
  • Desire and willingness to learn, give and take feedback and challenge conventional thinking
  • Extraordinary written and verbal communication skills. Comfortable listening to, presenting, and disagreeing with investment points of view. Conviction without arrogance, humility without defeatism.
  • A great nose for important tech trends and emerging businesses, a different perspective on the energy & industrials verticals
  • Keen attention to detail; deliberate and focused in execution
  • Strong diligence skills. Ability to quickly evaluate the key questions, risks or upside to an opportunity, prioritize and execute diligence to flesh out these issues
  • Strong financial analysis skills. You will be able to dive quickly into a business plan or financial model, identify and judge key drivers or vulnerabilities
  • Strong business and personal judgment
  • Excellent critical thinking and discussion skills. Unafraid to advocate for and debate your opinion
  • Self-motivated and highly productive. Someone with an outstanding work ethic who is able to envision, prioritize and complete parallel projects without requiring much guidance in a fast paced, fluid environment. Excellent multitasking skills without dropping balls
  • Entrepreneurial spirit to be part of a small team
  • Socially outgoing and a people person
  • Sense of humor, smarts, and a positive attitude
  • The ability to consistently come up with new ways to make us better.

Prior Experience

  • This role is for a full-time summer intern based in Chicago, starting May / June 2019, with the possibility of extending into the Fall and beyond as a full time position
  • Demonstrated interest in energy, technology & industrials verticals
  • While we will consider various backgrounds, we think a background in investment banking, consulting, venture investments, or an operations role in an energy / tech company would be the strongest fits for this role
  • Experience being a top performer in a highly ambitious academic or rigorous work environment
  • Seeking current MBA candidates.

Energize Ventures embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

Interested candidates should reach out to and we will follow up with you. We look forward to hearing from you.

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