Climate Tech Analyst Internship
Build A Climate Startup is a climate tech venture studio. We partner with entrepreneurial scientists and engineers, domain specialists and operators to build high-impact climate startups in deeptech.
Participants join as Founders-in-Residence over a 9 month period and work alongside our core team to shape their ideas into a new company.
Our Founding Partners have supported or invested in 25 companies in climate, deeptech, and beyond. We have also built companies. We believe the climate crisis is the most pressing challenge in the world, and supporting Founders is how we maximise our impact. We are building a mission-driven team in Paris, France, with a global outlook.
About The Role
We are looking for an intern to help us identify high-impact venture opportunities in climate deeptech. The role is ideal for a student pursuing a technical degree (Master's or PhD) with an interest in business and technology transfer, and optimistic about our collective ability to turn the tide on the climate crisis.
You will work with our Lead Analyst and Partners to evaluate technologies and markets at the cutting edge of the race to net zero, while spotting potential Founders or Advisors with deep domain expertise in Europe and beyond. Your work will help us refine our thesis, prioritise new venture development, and support investment decisions. You will have the opportunity to work directly with inspiring Founders and get exposure to the worlds of deeptech startups, venture capital, and climate solutions.
This is a lot of ground to cover, so your ability to learn on the job will be more important than ticking all the boxes. However, we feel that a scientific background coupled with a passion for climate and deeptech entrepreneurship will give you a head start.
This is a unique opportunity to join the initial team of a brand new programme designed to have an outsized impact in the climate fight. You'll be able to get in at the ground floor as we create a new ecosystem for climate tech in Europe.
Our initial focus areas include CO2 removal and management, ocean climate solutions, computational chemistry & biology, low-carbon buildings, and hydrogen. We will add more over time as our team uncovers new high-impact opportunities.
Location: Paris, France. Flexible remote working is possible, with a core presence at our office at least 3 days per week.
Language: English fluency is mandatory. French fluency is preferable.
Contract type: 6 or 12 month internship starting in September 2021.
Compensation: €1200 per month. Standard benefits for transport and lunch.
At its heart, our work is about evaluating climate tech investment opportunities and helping our Founders build world-changing companies. Reporting to our Lead Analyst, you will support our research and sourcing activities.
Your day-to-day responsibilities will vary but definitely include:
- Research. Keeping a close eye on academic, startup, and industry ecosystems, you will track emerging technologies and market developments within our climate tech focus areas. You will support our Lead Analyst in evaluating venture opportunities, from reviewing the latest science to techno-economic and competitive analysis.
- Sourcing & outreach. You will identify and connect with top talent and experts who have the potential to become Founders or Advisors in our companies, leveraging your research, events and social media (LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Twitter, Slack).
- Content. You will support our Lead Analyst in the production of memos, decks and articles that synthesise technology & IP landscapes, industry trends and investment opportunities. You will also support Partners with data for investor updates.
- Founder support. In addition to our core team, you will assist our Founders with research, content, sourcing, and other relevant resources.
- Ecosystem mapping: In our CRM and knowledge base, you will help us track of the people and ecosystems that are most relevant to our sourcing, across universities, research labs, industry and communities (in Europe and beyond).
Skills & Background
While this role has many dimensions, you will spend a lot of time evaluating technologies that reduce emissions, remove carbon from the atmosphere, and build climate resilience. You will interact with domain specialists on a regular basis.
There is a wide range of relevant skills and academic experiences, but here are some characteristics we believe are ideal for success:
- You are a pragmatic optimist. You believe in the power of science and innovation to help us build a climate-positive, regenerative and equitable global economy.
- You are studying for a science or engineering degree (Master's or PhD) which gives you a strong foundation in at least one of these fields: energy, chemistry, physics, materials science, life science, carbon capture, computational science, or related.
- You have an appetite for learning, including beyond your core discipline. You are able to quickly understand the fundamentals of a new field, for instance by reading scientific papers or speaking with top experts.
- You are naturally inquisitive and curious, anchor on the right concepts quickly, and go deep enough to surface non-obvious insights. You are able to efficiently collect, process, synthesize and communicate complex information.
- You are an excellent written and verbal communicator, able to convincingly produce analysis and online content, as well as presenting in public. You have an intuitive sense of design to create compelling visual narratives.
- You are comfortable admitting what you do not know. Conversely, you are not shy about challenging others, always in a respectful manner.
- You are self-motivated and action-oriented. You are comfortable defining your own goals and you enjoy working on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. You have a natural ability to prioritise tasks and manage your time.
- You take pride in excellence, accuracy and details in every parts of your work.
- You have an intrinsic, driving motivation to mitigate climate change.
How To Apply
Fill in the form below. Applications close Friday 16th July 2021.
We believe a diverse group of minds is key to solving the climate crisis. We strongly encourage women, people of colour and under-represented candidates to apply.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability status. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment.
Our mission is to create a climate-positive future for all. In service of this purpose, we are building a foundation of equity and inclusivity across our company.