Investment Analyst Internship
Why do we do what we do?
At Carbon Equity we believe there is no greater cause within our lifetime than fighting climate change. Fighting climate change requires action at every possible level – government regulation, taxation, changes in consumer and corporate behavior, paradigm shifts, cultural shifts and massive investments in technology to name but a few. Carbon Equity focuses on the latter. We believe that to change consumer and corporate behavior at scale we need to build equally good alternatives by investing in technology. Think about how Oatly for example – by offering an equally good alternative to cow milk – has swayed millions of people to switch to oat milk🥛. Now that is moving the needle!
So why did we decide to focus on investing rather than ourselves building the next Oatly? Because – like it or not – money still makes the world go round. Capital ultimately decides resource allocation. Hence we asked ourselves the question – How can we leverage capital in the most effective way to mitigate climate change?
In our search on how capital moves the needle – we came upon an interesting discovery. The vast majority of innovation needed to fight climate change is happening in private markets. Early-stage tech companies are obviously private and funded by venture capitalists. At the same time the vast majority of mature/existing companies that need to transition from fossil fuel-dependent resources and business models to net-zero emissions – are private. This means that the majority of climate innovation – and hence of value creation will be in private markets.
However, to date, private market investing was exclusively accessible to institutional investors and ultra-high net worth individuals. As a result of this, private markets can not tap the huge amount of capital sitting with people like you and me (we call these non-professional investors – retail investors). More so, you and I, are excluded from the massive value creation opportunity in private markets. Because the planet needs every dollar out there to transition towards a net-zero economy asap and because there is an opportunity to create a more equitable economic society in doing so – Carbon Equity is resolved to fix what is broken.
What we do
Carbon Equity is the world’s first platform for Alternative Climate Investments. Through the Carbon Equity platform, we offer small-ticket access to the world’s leading climate investment funds. We focus on multiple asset classes including venture capital, private equity, private debt and real assets. Carbon Equity offers you the opportunity to maximize the climate impact of your investible savings. Meanwhile, you get to invest alongside the world’s best climate investors, benefit from venture-type returns whilst mitigating financial risk through a high degree of diversification. You basically can have your cake 🍰 and it eat it too.
We invite you to join us on our mission
impossible. You will help us build the very best investment product offering by helping us identify, track down and engage with the world’s best climate funds and investors. You will learn a hell of a lot on climate investing in the process and we will invite you to share your findings with the world by co-writing and publishing a white paper report (with your name on it) on the state of climate investing in Europe and beyond.
The Role & Deliverables
We are looking for an intern who will take on an analyst position and who is available 3-5 days a week for a period of minimum 3 months. Key deliverables will be:
- Create the Carbon Equity fundbook with an overview of all European Climate Funds
- Participate in conversation with the funds to get to know and assess the funds
- Participate in due diligence of funds
- Support in writing a white-paper on the European Private Climate Investing landscape.
- You have a University bachelors degree
- You have superior analytical skills – you are very comfortable doing analysis in Excel and working with other Google/Microsoft tools
- You are a strong independent thinker – you have an opinion and you make it known
- You are self-motivated and proactive. You don’t wait for instruction but hit the ground running exactly the way you think you should.
What is in store for you
Let’s be honest, joining a startup in our early stage has pros and cons. The con is that you have to figure out a lot of shit yourself, you will not seamlessly fit into a well oiled machine. You kind of have to build the machine yourself. That then of course is the big pro. You get to build the machine yourself 🧰🛠️. Now that is impact. The impact you will have in building a super early stage startup will never be greater. You get to join all internal and external discussions, you get to learn by doing and you get to set the rules and build the ground work for a future Unicorn 🦄 or Zebra 🦓 or … well you get to decide just how successful we will be and how much impact we will have.
Who is already aboard the Rocket Ship 🚀
- Lara more or less single-handed built the health care investing empire of Philips with almost a billion dollars under management. Lara is responsible for anything Investing strategy, all things regulatory and operations. She is the undisputed queen of execution.
- Jacqueline is the mother of all ideas. Too many, if you ask me 😎. She is also a skilled storyteller which helps bring home the bacon (as in investment dollars, customers and LinkedIn likes). Jacqueline founded and built several companies before including De Kleine Consultant, Lamudi – the Rocket Internet real estate marketplace in South East Asia and a Fintech company called TrueMoney. She also worked several years in Private Equity and most recently as a partner at Venture Capital firm Peak Capital.
- Jeff is our very own master of scale. Jeff has a degree in Environment and Resource management (now these are the skills the world needs now). He spent a couple of years with VandeBron and most recently led Marketing for Ecochain – one of the leaders in the European footprinting industry. Jeff loves to dig deep on what makes our target customers move.
- Liza is our inhouse Einstein/chief scientist/and master of Impact. Liza personally safeguards that anything we do helps us meet our mission of moving the needle on climate change. She spent several years with McKinsey primarily working on energy transition and sustainability, she worked with an awesome initiative called Follow This and she supports the city of Amsterdam on Climate Strategy.
- Tim – is the kind of internet entrepreneur who was hacking away in high school and started his first business before the age of 18. Tim has a MSc in Artificial Intelligence and was founder and CTO to SmartPR, Nouncy and several other tech startups. Tim is the master of the MVP and will at every bend in the road ask what are we building for who and why. First think. Then build.
- Wiebe – has a black belt in fund investing. Having spent over 11 years with AlpInvest (the fund investing arm of the Carlyle group) and five years of JP Morgan in London he is a private equity veteran.
- Carolina – is our Peruvian Swiss Investment analyst rockstar. She graduated magna cum laude from her Bachelors degree and has ever since been a rising star at Carbon Equity.
- Michael – will be joining the team in January after driving Copy and Content at Messagebird. Made in the USA, former aspiring radio host, and former creative agency copywriter, Michael brings a whole lot of new energy and creative inspiration to the Carbon Equity team.
Our selection procedure explained
Apply by filling in the form below. You will receive an email that will ask you to send:
- Your resume
- Your motivation
When you are invited, we will first have an informal chat to introduce Carbon Equity, the vacancy and get to know you.
During the selection procedure (of maximum two rounds), our communication will be transparent, fast and straightforward. We might ask you to finish a case or provide advice on a current business challenge. This will be communicated beforehand.