Venture Advisor

Full time Persistent Zurich, Switzerland

We are Persistent in our quest to build ventures with a sustainable impact.

Persistent is a leading venture builder in sub-Saharan Africa, founded by thought leaders and pioneer investors in the off-grid sector.

We believe that building commercially successful impact ventures in emerging markets can make the world a better place and provide attractive financial returns at the same time.

We believe that climate change is the challenge of our time and therefore focus on companies that proliferate renewable energy and other climate mitigating solutions to customers in emerging markets.

Our model is simple: We bring know-how and experience as well as the right financial capital to start-up companies. The Persistent team can provide business and financial modelling, fundraising, legal and tax structuring, technology architecture, digital strategy and HR management expertise.

Our model is unique for two reasons: First, we have the capacity to go beyond boardroom advice and roll up our sleeves to fill operational roles. Second, due to our close involvement and experience, we can provide flexible and risk tolerant capital to our companies in an efficient way.

Our model provides positive impact and financial return because we work only with exceptional entrepreneurs, because we are backed by the most visionary investors, institutions and foundations and because we are persistent.

Your role
We are looking for an exceptionally entrepreneurial person to join our venture building efforts in sub-Saharan Africa.

Your responsibilities
You will:

  • Identify and evaluate new investment opportunities following our human and financial capital investment strategy
  • Work part of your time in operational roles in our partner companies
  • Participate in managing a portfolio of venture companies against key performance and impact indicators
  • Participate in advisory work within the mandate of existing partnerships such as the EEGF and opportunistically to generate additional revenue, gain market insights and develop business opportunities
  • Contribute to industry thought leadership through research and by representing Persistent at conferences, other events and generally in the ecosystem

Your profile

  • Entrepreneurial experience and mindset: You have been closely involved with early stage businesses, as a founder, team member or a consultant, and know the needs of startups in terms of know-how, experience and financial capital
  • Self-starter and allrounder: You are willing to take bold steps to achieve the success of our portfolio entrepreneurs. You are not afraid to get your hands dirty and do not consider even basic venture building tasks beneath you
  • Business model design and financial analysis: You have the ability to build financial models for successful businesses, you are able to conduct detailed financial analysis generating actionable insights, and you have a sound understanding of corporate finance matters and accounting
  • Building relationships and representing: You are able to build trustful relationships with peers, key partners and stakeholders on the ground
  • You have the confidence and competence to be a public voice for Persistent in public speaking, writing and participating in industry groups and the community at large.
  • You are a team player with an analytical mindset and strong problem-solving abilities
  • Travel: You are able to frequently travel to spend time with ventures and the distributed Persistent team

Ideally, you will also have the following:

  • Knowledge of the renewable energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Interest to be based in one of our locations in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience working within the framework UN SDG 6-9

Build with us
Our culture at Persistent is entrepreneurial, collaborative and flexible. We seek talented people who are passionate about impact and have a drive for excellence. We offer a dynamic work environment that is required to work closely with our fast-moving partner companies that are located in more than a dozen countries in Africa.

Join us at Persistent and benefit from:

Impact: An opportunity to work directly with start-ups in underserved markets and create lasting social and environmental impact.

Steep learning curve: You will join a small, but experienced team that will enable you to become a multi-skilled professional in a short period of time and build the confidence to embrace and tackle most business challenges.

Opportunity to take initiative: Leverage your expertise to create practical and relevant solutions for companies on the frontline and see concrete outcomes of your work.

Flexibility: Exercise a significant amount of discretion in determining what you do and how you do it.

Persistent is a workplace that gives you the flexibility to balance the requirements of work and private life. While you will frequently travel to our partner companies and to be with your colleagues, you will also be able to work from home when necessary, and make use of flexible hours and family focused leave policies. We also offer attractive compensation that is designed to reward your performance and impact over the long term.