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Senior Investment Analyst for Gender Equity Team Africa

About Seedstars

Seedstars is a global organization with headquarters in Switzerland and a presence in 80+ emerging markets. We are on a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Our initiatives are focused on connecting stakeholders within these ecosystems, building tech companies from scratch and investing in the top entrepreneurs.

About our Gender Equity Efforts

Women entrepreneurs face multiple challenges to access finance, with an estimated $42 billion financing gap for African women across business value chains (AfDB). In Africa, enterprises led by women were able to raise only 3.2% of the venture capital funding available (Briter Bridges). It is documented that when women business owners pitch their ideas to investors for early-stage capital, they receive significantly less, yet businesses founded by women ultimately deliver higher revenue—more than twice as much per dollar invested—than those founded by men (Boston Consulting Group, 2018). In addition, according to the UN, Women have been found to re-invest up to 90% of their earnings at a personal level back into their families and communities compared to 35% for men. Because of this, women are in many ways the backbone of African society and there is  huge potential for women entrepreneurs, creating employment for themselves and others. By consequence, supporting more women-led entrepreneurs in Africa is not just a moral imperative, but an important economic imperative as well.  

Our position

We believe that women belong in all places where decisions are made (RBG), and that their empowerment, beyond being a moral imperative, is crucial to the sustainable development of emerging economies. We are committed to empowering women both internally as a company, and at work through access to entrepreneurial education, funding and network.

What we do about it

We aim to lead by example by striving for gender equality in all activities. This applies to our internal hiring and promotion of talent and extends to the women-led enterprises participating in our programs and competitions, as well as the juries, investors and mentors working with the businesses. We work with public and private partners to run women entrepreneurial empowerment programs to increase women participation in emerging economies while advocating for Gender Lens Investing.

About the job

Since 2019, Seedstars has been supporting 500+ female founders in Africa through inclusive training opportunities, access to networks and access to investors. In addition, a focus is laid on gender lens investing, gender lens mentoring, research and insights. We are now hiring a Senior Investment Analyst to join a 2-year exciting project which aims to support women-led enterprises across Africa. 

Your main objective will be to lead the investment-related activities of the project which is to assess the deal-flow and set-up the overall capital needs for each enterprise (grant, investment, loans). You should be available to start this role by the 1st of June. This role can be done remotely. 

Key Responsibilities 

You will be responsible for:

  • You will take the lead in Sourcing, Screening and Selection of deal-flow (remotely)
  • You will lead the due-diligence of women-led ventures (remotely) 
  • You will assess the capital needs for women-led ventures (loans, grants, venture capital) 
  • You will set up a work-plan for women-led entrepreneurs based on their investment profile 
  • You will be responsible for tracking startup specific KPI’s and progress throughout the acceleration program

Your profile

  • Your mindset 
    • You have a passion for startups and technology, particularly in emerging markets and you share the mutual value on achieving gender equality in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation
    • You have a strong belief in getting things done - You have to be comfortable working alone and capable to prioritize and make things happen
    • You share a conviction of bootstrapping and love of the web/tech world  
    • You have an intuitive feel for what works and what doesn’t online!
    • You have demonstrated interest and/or experience in Gender Lens Investment 

 

  • Your experience
    • You have at least 5 years of investment analyst experience in Africa
    • Excellent ability to read, write, speak English - MANDATORY
    • You have a background in finance or an investment-related field 
    • Knowledge of French and Portuguese is considered an advantage
    • Knowledge of demonstrated Gender Lens investment practices/experience is an advantage

 

Benefits and perks

  • Be part of an international team
  • A high degree of autonomy, flat hierarchy, open communication and get shit done attitude
  • Flexible working hours & fully remote team

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

 

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