Position Summary

The Investment Director is responsible for supporting LACI and its portfolio companies in raising funding to increase the success rate and efficiency of our collective efforts to build an inclusive green economy.  The Investment Director is responsible for developing and managing relationships with multiple investment and funding sources in the seed, venture, mission-driven, and alternative funding worlds, including angel networks, corporate venture groups, venture investment firms, impact investment firms, family offices, and other alternative sources.  The Investment Director will direct a process by which LACI portfolio companies achieve “investment readiness,” and drive efficient and effective methods to facilitate introductions between “investment ready” portfolio companies and relevant dilutive and non-dilutive funders. The Investment Director will also work with LACI executive leadership toward development of potential LACI direct investment and financial support mechanisms as well as impact of our start-ups (Just Impact report seen here).

 

Responsibilities:

  • Investment and funding Development and Management
    • Develop new and actively manage existing relationships with aligned funders and investors relevant to our portfolio companies and organizational strategy.
    • Facilitate introductions and reinforce relationships between our investment ready portfolio companies and highly aligned potential funders.
    • Maintain and build on the LACI brand and perception of delivering high-quality opportunities to relevant funding communities.
    • Align funding opportunities and network with LACI economic, environmental and social impact goals as represented un the LACI “Just Impact” report.
    • Work with the LACI Market Transformation team to guide development of an investment thesis for our sector focus areas (transportation, energy, smart cities) to align both portfolio company recruitment and funder appetite and relevance.
    • Work with the LACI Community team and Diversity & Inclusion committee to ensure support of underrepresented communities (ie. female and diverse founders) in funding, while helping support recruitment of start-ups that represent D&I goals.
  • Portfolio Company Funding Support
    • Support portfolio companies in preparing to receive funding by directing programs and efforts that assist with best-in-class:
      • Capital campaign development and execution
      • Financial model development
      • Business model development
      • Market analysis
      • Transaction marketing documents and materials development
      • Guide the formation and population of the Data Room
    • Manage the Investment Fundamentals program
    • Support funder identification, outreach and negotiation process
    • Research and communicate relevant trends to key stakeholders
    • Manage the US DOE funded Capital Access Program (CAP)
      • Work with contractors and program team to deliver outputs per DOE Grant
      • Lead and coordinate reporting as required by the grant
  • Additional Responsibilities:
    • Support the development of special events for investors and portfolio companies
    • Assist with vetting of portfolio company applications
    • Maintain database of investor contacts
    • Assist with development of a direct LACI investment funding mechanism
    • Manage quarterly Dealbook and investment update and investor-facing collateral and communications

Requirements:

  • 7+ years of investment/finance experience
  • Experience raising capital in a startup or advising capital raises for startups
  • Deep understanding of investment landscape and investor network in the US
  • Experience in the cleantech, energy or mobility/transportation sectors preferred
  • Passion for social impact, justice, diversity and inclusion

 

About us:

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching, mentoring, and access to a robust network of partnerships and capital. LACI was founded in 2011 as a cluster-driven economic development initiative supported by the City of Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles. Recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI, LACI identifies local entrepreneurs across multiple cleantech business sectors and guides them to market, creating jobs that advance L.A.’s green economy. In just five years, LACI has helped 67 companies raise $134M in funding, created 1,500 jobs, and delivered more than $335M in long term economic value for the City of Los Angeles. LACI operates out of the La Kretz Innovation Campus, with satellite offices at California State University, Northridge and Silicon Valley, is the organizer of an annual Cleantech Global Showcase and founder of the Network for Global Innovation (NGIN).

LACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and committed to building a more inclusive ecosystem that integrates women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups into the cleantech sector and the overall tech industry.  We strongly encourage applications from qualified applicants and members of underrepresented groups. The information collected from the application helps us ensure that we are meeting our goal of an equitable and diverse campus and community.

How to Apply

To be considered, please apply online here.