CFA Soсiety Ukraine

Investment Associate

Employer Digital Future

Job Location Kyiv, Ukraine

Job Description

Digital Future is an active Ukraine-born VC investor, headquartered in Kyiv with dozens of portfolio companies and 8 exits. Digital Future invests at the early stage, in companies with the unicorn potential, strong founders and solid signs of a product-market fit. Our interests are diverse, ranging from B2B SaaS and marketplace models to AI-heavy products and a recent interest in Digital Healthcare.

We also do M&As and generally serve as an investment vehicle for a group of IT companies running and building online businesses.

About the role:

To support our goal of finding future unicorns, we are looking for a natural A-player and innovations enthusiast to join our team as an Investment Associate.

Together with other driven team members you will help to enable talented entrepreneurs in building their ambitious visions. At this role you will be involved in the entire investment cycle — from sourcing and screening new deals to exploring exit opportunities for the current portfolio.

This role is both people-oriented (as you will build relationships with startup founders and community players) and research-oriented (as you will analyze the investment potential of the deals and make your recommendations to the investment board).

As the fund is the part of a larger IT group – you will have access to experts in everything digital, people building their own exciting projects and many opportunities for professional development.

So if you feel enthusiastic to have this role and be a part of the energizing environment of builders and enablers, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Responsibilities:

  • Looking for effective ways to improve the dealflow, so we don’t miss the best opportunities
  • Processing the existing inbound requests and nurture relationships with founders
  • Constantly be on lookout for new global trends and new developments in local startup market
  • Analyze product differentiation, market potential, growth strategies and other relevant signals of investment candidates
  • Prepare summaries for the investment board and participating in the deal discussions
  • Supporting the deal execution from start to finish (while our legal team helps with paperwork)
  • Interacting with ecosystem players to strengthen the awareness and network of the fund (we have a PR manager to help)
  • Assisting our portfolio companies with exit opportunities and tracking the portfolio performance
  • You will have an option to participate in other corporate development activities (like M&A and new niches exploration)

Required Experience and Skills

Qualifications:

  • Being a tech-savvy individual, having entrepreneurial mindset, insatiable curiosity and passion about startups
  • Fair knowledge of the Ukrainian tech universe, startups, key investors
  • Prior experience in investments, consulting or being a part of innovative digital environments (startups, high-growing products, etc).
  • Being a proactive and independent thinker: you are comfortable being highly autonomous and never complacent with the “status-quo”
  • Exceptional learning abilities: you don’t fear to deep-dive into industries you never saw before and emerge with a good understanding in a short time.
  • Strong analytical skills: you are able to quickly point to strong and weak sides of business and you are in love with crunching the numbers.
  • Understanding of digital business concepts is strongly preferred (like how CAC and LTV could be calculated, how SEO is different from affiliate marketing, what backend developers do in general, etc).
  • Project-management experience is a plus or at least you need an ability to stay highly organized: investment process often requires an ability to maintain structure, commitments and a good record.
  • Strong personal network and interest in growing one would be a plus.
  • Advanced or fluent English is a must
  • Last but not least is empathy in communications: ability to defend your opinion while still being friendly and respectful (especially needed when giving rejections to entrepreneurs)

Contact Details

Apply to mzhukovskaia@digifuture.org