Growth Investment Associate

Energize Capital

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on May 28, 2024

About Energize Capital

Energize Capital is a leading investor in climate solutions. Our mission is to scale sustainable innovation by partnering with the builders and operators shaping our future. Founded in 2016 and based in Chicago, to date Energize has funded 26 companies and deployed more than $500 million through its venture capital and growth equity strategies. The firm manages more than $1.4 billion in assets and is backed by institutional, strategic and impact LPs including Invenergy, CDPQ, Credit Suisse, GE Vernova, Xcel Energy, Caterpillar, Caprock and more.

Position Overview

Energize’s Growth equity platform invests between $30-100M in leading North American and European climate solutions companies. The strategy identifies and invests in high quality, capital light businesses addressing the climate movement. The Energize Growth team seeks active engagement with portfolio executives through governance improvements, and deliberate participation with Energize’s EDGE operations platform. Our Energize Growth capital identifies profitable or near-profitable businesses. Our capital is meant to enable profitable scaling but also provides our stapled domain expertise, industry best practices, and awareness and alignment towards potential M&A targets.

Energize Capital is expanding our Growth team to capitalize on the developing, scaled investment opportunities that are now emerging in the climate solutions. We are seeking a driven, hardworking, and experienced professional to join our growth equity practice as an Associate. This role requires flexibility, a diverse skill set, and the ability to perform at a high level on multiple fronts. The Growth Equity Associate will report to the Head of Growth at Energize Capital.

The Associate will source and diligence new investment opportunities and monitor portfolio investments with the expectation of eventually developing the ability to generate new investment ideas. He/she will be a thoughtful analyst who can effectively develop a differential perspective on industries and companies.

At Energize, all strategies are heavily interconnected with vast levels of information sharing, market intelligence, and a major emphasis on team collaboration. The right candidate will recognize the power of the Energize platform and look for ways to receive and provide alpha and asymmetric advantages across the firm.

This is a full-time position located in Chicago. Must be based in Chicago or willing to relocate. Energize Capital is not interested in staffing and recruiting firms reaching out at this time.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities aligned with the growth equity strategy
  • Conduct in-depth market research, industry analysis, and due diligence on prospective investments
  • Develop financial models, perform valuation analyses, and assess investment risks
  • Support the execution of investment transactions, including deal structuring and documentation
  • Monitor portfolio company performance and contribute to value creation initiatives
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to leverage the Energize platform and share market intelligence
  • Catalyze additional capital from like-minded co-investors, and engagement with key stakeholder Limited Partners
  • Build and manage a network of entrepreneurs, investors, and operators through research and networking events
  • Material travel schedule

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA or Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, economics, or a related field
  • 2-4 years of experience in roles including, but not limited to: investment banking or private investing
  • Experience across software, services or industrial technologies.
  • Passion for emerging megatrends in sustainability and the digitization of critical industries
  • Working proficiency in operating and valuation models
  • Strong commercial judgement and ideally experience in direct investments
  • Strong written and communication skills; good organizational skills with the ability to multi-task (i.e. simultaneously execute and assist on multiple transactions in addition to portfolio work).
  • Positive work attitude, high energy candidates with drive, initiative, and intellectual curiosity to learn.
  • Strong reputation with high integrity. Well-connected across the venture capital and private equity landscape

Prior Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in investing and finance
  • Recent experience working with similar companies to the target profile

Benefits

Energize Capital is proud to offer employees a wide range of benefits to support personal well-being, growth, and professional development. Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive health, vision, dental, and HSA from day one of employment
  • 401k matching
  • Generous paid time off in addition to 10 company holidays and a flexible winter holiday schedule
  • Market-leading parental leave policy and family planning benefits
  • Health club reimbursement
  • Continuing education stipend
  • Option to work remote Fridays
  • Lunch provided on in-office days

Energize Capital embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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