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Venture Capital Fellow

2024 Summer Graduate Fellowship - mHUB Ventures Summer Associate 

About the Role: 

Each summer, mHUB hosts a cohort of graduate-level fellows to work closely with our team. The mHUB Ventures Summer Associate will collaborate with the team in pipeline screening, due diligence, operations, industry research projects, as well as growing and sustaining the organization’s venture-related initiatives. Working directly with the ventures team, the Summer Associate will actively support mHUB’s Product Impact Fund, Accelerated Incubation program, and the growth of the organization’s future Venture Fund(s).

This is an exciting opportunity to work with dynamic entrepreneurs, leading corporations, and seasoned investors to gain hands-on experience in the Chicago startup and venture capital industry. Candidates should be highly motivated, a self-starter, and a creative thinker with excellent interpersonal skills, and are passionate about the hardtech venture ecosystem.

About mHUB: 
mHUB is where people come to build the physical technologies that will change the physical world. It’s our mission to enable U.S. hardtech innovation and commercialization by fueling collaboration and providing an accessible, hyper-resourced environment to develop, fund and accelerate clean energy, health, sustainability, and manufacturing entrepreneurship.

Launched in 2017, the mHUB community of more than 500 active and alumni companies have raised $1.5 billion in capital, generated more than $1.1B in revenue, launched more than 1,500 products and hired more than 5,100 employees. mHUB's three business units – Incubator, HardTech Development Services, and Venture Funds / Accelerator - connect startups, innovators, researchers, manufacturers, and investors to spur innovation. 

The mHUB team is an ambitious, entrepreneurial, and mission-driven team committed to helping entrepreneurs find a path to success and supporting economic growth in Chicago, the Midwest, and the U.S. We are builders and problem solvers, excited about the potential in hardtech and manufacturing entrepreneurship and by bringing businesses and products to life.   

mHUB Ventures invests in seed and early-stage hardtech companies across Climate & Energy, Medical Devices, and Smart & Sustainable Manufacturing. To date, we have invested in 46 portfolio companies from around the world. We strive not only to generate exceptional returns, but also to enable foundational improvements for human lives and the environment. The Firm is led by Haven Allen, CEO & Co-Founder of mHUB; Melissa Lederer, CXO of mHUB; Israel Idonije, Former Chicago Bear & Founder of FBRK; Steve Koch, Former Deputy Mayor of Chicago & Managing Director at the Bowline Group; and Mark Tebbe, Founder of Answers Corporation (ANSW) & Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

Key Responsibilities: 
•    Conduct in-depth market research and analysis to identify potential investment opportunities and market trends.
•    Evaluate and perform due diligence on potential investment prospects, analyzing business models, financial statements, market dynamics, and competitive landscapes.
•    Work alongside leadership on high-impact, growth-related projects that will accelerate mHUB’s market leadership in the hardtech and manufacturing ecosystem, including the development and initiation of mHUB’s 2nd & 3rd Funds
•    Perform market research on our industry and other relevant markets
•    Assist in building and maintaining a pipeline of potential investors, portfolio companies, corporate sponsors, partners, etc., and ensure the team has ample support in activating those leads
•    Investment performance modeling and forecasting
•    Organize and create relevant resources needed to provide ongoing support to portfolio companies
•    Support in investor relations, administration, and due diligence
•    Contribute to fundraising efforts
•    All responsibilities are dynamic and evolve throughout the term based on priorities

•    MBA or actively pursuing an MBA; Bachelor’s degree required
•    Pre-MBA work experience of 2+ years
•    Desire to work in a high-growth, entrepreneurial culture 
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•    Cross-functional communication
•    Prior experience conducting research projects and effectively presenting findings to leadership
•    Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks conforming to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines 
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office (i.e. Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Outlook, etc.)
•    Authorized to work in the United States

Core Values:

Ability to uphold, embody, and articulate the following values:
•    Respect and Value Diversity – We agree to value the rights of all individuals to mutual respect. The diversity of our community is a fundamental strength of the organization.
•    Tackle each Day with Passion, Enthusiasm and Curiosity – What we’re doing is special. What we’re doing has impact. What we’re doing is the spark that is igniting a community.
•    Try. Learn. Grow – We are entrepreneurs. We won't be afraid to be bold and take risks. We won’t wait for the idea, we’ll create it ourselves. mHUB is a launch pad for our startups, but also for us.
•    Hold Ourselves Accountable – We agree to be personally accountable to the “promises” we make. We don’t blame others or ourselves. If we need help, we ask. If we make a mistake, we communicate it and fix it.
•    We are Greater as the Sum of our Parts – Together we are greater than alone. We are one team, and collaboration is crucial to our success. We treat one another fairly and with respect. We challenge one another to rise to our best.

Salary and Duration: 

A stipend of $1,000 per month will be provided. The internship will last a minimum of 11 weeks between May 2024 to the end of August 2024, depending on the applicant’s academic calendar year, with an opportunity for an extension beyond the summer.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to info@mhubchicago.com.  

mHUB is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.