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Summer Associate - Portfolio Engagement, Venture Lab

at Accion in Washington, DC

About the Job

About Accion:
Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by – the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through its work with more than 90 partners in 40 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.

About Venture Lab:
Accion Venture Lab is the world’s leading seed-stage investor in fintech for the underserved. Venture Lab invests capital in, and provides support to, innovative fintech startups that increase access to, improve the quality of, or reduce the cost of financial services for the underserved at scale. Since launching in 2012, Venture Lab has deployed over US$10 million across more than 30 startups that work in over 20 countries worldwide.

Position Summary
We are currently recruiting a Summer Associate who will be based in Washington, DC with potential travel to work on a project with one of our Portfolio Companies. The role is highly entrepreneurial, spanning emerging market venture investing, consulting/management, and entrepreneurship, with a focus on cutting edge innovation in financial inclusion. Successful candidates will have the opportunity provide post-investment support to a portfolio company, and will work with the team to define a meaningful project and deliverable (e.g., sector report, market overview, portfolio support) to complete during the internship period.

Responsibilities
Portfolio Support:
Provide in-depth strategic and analytical support to Venture Lab portfolio companies.
Work with Portfolio Engagement team to develop and carry out a workshop for a portfolio company based on the company’s engagement needs.
Fund operations and strategy:
Proactively develop knowledge resources and thought leadership, identifying best practices across the portfolio, and documenting learnings to be shared within Accion and externally.

Qualifications

Required: – Currently enrolled in an MBA or similar advanced degree program (including public policy, international development, or international relations degrees) – Strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for entrepreneurship and market-based solutions to poverty. – Strong research and analysis skills, including financial and strategy analytics. – Outstanding relationship management skills and ability to earn respect of Accion colleagues, investors and enterprises. Existing network within impact investing and/or financial inclusion a plus. – Exceptional written, communication and presentation skills, and comfortable moving seamlessly between boardroom and field. – Willingness to embody our values of excellence, respect and passion for social change.

Preferred: – Domain expertise in financial services and/or financial inclusion, particularly financial technology, payment systems, and/or innovative delivery models. – Experience working in or with startups or growth-stage enterprises in emerging markets. – Relevant experience in management consulting and/or VC/PE investing. – Language skills beyond English.

To apply

Apply directly at: https://jobs-accion.icims.com/jobs/1858/summer-associate—-portfolio-engagement%2c-venture-lab/job

Accion

Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by – the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through its work with more than 90 partners in 40 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.