VC Associate @ Playfair Capital in London, England

Playfair Capital is one of Europe’s leading seed-stage VC funds. We’ve been around since 2013 and have invested in over 50 startups to-date. We’re sector and geography agnostic, with a particular interest in deep tech. We’ve already backed some pretty incredible teams working at the forefront of machine learning and computer vision, including MapillaryThought MachineRavelinSightec and Numerai.

We’re busier than ever – having recently launched our £25m second fund – and are looking to add some firepower to the team. As such, we’re seeking an investment associate to come on board and help drive our investment activities by being the team’s subject matter expert in artificial intelligence, machine learning and related technologies, with the ability to demonstrate understanding of the business applications and market opportunities of these technologies.

Things You’ll Do

As a member of our investment team you’ll be exposed to all steps in the VC value chain (including origination, evaluation, deal execution and portfolio support), with a particular focus on originating – and performing technical due diligence on – deep tech companies. Specifically you’ll:

  • Find and engage the most ambitious technologists around the world who are building – or are about to build – category leading businesses using deep tech
  • Evaluate those deals through a detailed process of technical due diligence to help our team build investment cases for then. Where necessary, you’ll engage industry experts to help support our technical due diligence efforts
  • Attend demo days, pitching competitions, industry events and generally network and build relationships with engineers all over the world in search of the best deals
  • Host events and produce content to boost Playfair’s reputation


  1. You have a high level of proficiency in artificial intelligence – specifically machine learning – approaches. You have a Masters or Phd in Computer Science (or related field) and/or several years experience working with machine learning technology
  2. You get excited at the prospect of spending your days networking with communities of technologists, ML experts, academics, entrepreneurs and other investors to learn about emerging trends in various sectors and to find investable early stage businesses
  3. You’re excited at the prospect of working with and advising our portfolio companies on their machine learning and general technology strategies
  4. You’re interested in a career as an investor and want to experience all aspects of what it means to be a VC
  5. You’re capable of working autonomously and thrive in an unstructured work environment


  • Deep exposure to the world of venture capital
  • Generous salary
  • Flexible working
  • Private healthcare with all the bells and whistles
  • Private pension with employer matching
  • Maternity/paternity leave and shared parental leave
  • Training budget for any professional development you require to keep your career moving forward
  • Team off-sites
  • And best of all, an amazing work environment and a great degree of autonomy over your work

If interested, please apply here.

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