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Investment Associate – Quona Capital

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Want to join a dynamic and high-performing global team of world citizens, investing in innovative fintech entrepreneurs across emerging markets – motivated by a mission to expand financial inclusion?

Quona Capital, a leading venture capital firm dedicated to fueling global fintech, is hiring an Investment Associate to join its Africa and MENA-focused Investment team. This Associate will work directly with Quona’s Africa/Cross-Border investment team on all aspects of the investment and portfolio management processes, with exposure to high-energy entrepreneurial and VC ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa, MENA and beyond.

Quona’s investments in Africa and MENA include iconic fintech and embedded finance startups such as Sokowatch, Cowrywise, Capiter, Lulalend, VertoFX and Yoco.

Location: Cairo, Egypt or Dubai, UAE

About Quona Capital

  • Quona Capital is a venture capital firm dedicated to fueling global fintech that advances financial inclusion. We invest in early stage financial technology companies and embedded finance opportunities across Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and MENA. The firm was formed with a simple idea: technology has the power to radically improve the quality, access and affordability of financial services for underserved consumers and businesses. Thus, the firm invests in disruptive innovations to create a more financially inclusive world.
  • Quona was established in 2015 and today operates with over USD 0.5 billion in AUM and 50+ investments across three funds, and a global team operating in Washington, DC, Bangalore, India and Cape Town, South Africa and other markets in which we invest
  • To learn more, check out our portfolio companies and meet the team at www.quona.com.

The Opportunity

  • We are looking for a high-performing Associate to join Quona’s Africa/Cross-border investment team. The role will be based out of Cairo or Dubai.

Responsibilities

  • Source of investment opportunities through analytical thesis development and systematic engagement with entrepreneurs and key partners such as early-stage investment funds, accelerators, and other ecosystem players
  • Conduct market research, company mapping, and competitive analysis within key fintech sub-sectors and target markets
  • Evaluate investment opportunities by interviewing teams, partners, and clients of pipeline companies; build investment theses; conduct strategic and financial analyses; and assist with pipeline management
  • Analyze portfolio performance, assist with regular reporting to investors and contribute to the development of additional LP-facing collateral
  • Support portfolio companies and value-add initiatives (i.e., conduct research to facilitate strategic discussions and decision-making, participate in operational sprints, and work with the Quona Platform team)
  • Support the Quona team in operational initiatives, such a pipeline management and knowledge capturing / sharing

Requirements

  • 2+ years of experience in technology, operations, strategy, or product at a fintech company or venture-backed startup; and/or in consulting, principal investing, investment banking, or a related field, preferably focused on financial services or technology
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently to deliver results in a fast-paced team that is geographically dispersed
  • Enthusiasm for technology, entrepreneurship, and financial inclusion
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree with excellent academic performance
  • Strong financial modeling and analytical skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent English business writing and communication skills
  • Candidates of all backgrounds, including those belonging to underrepresented minorities, are strongly encouraged to apply

Preferred Qualifications (not Required)

  • Existing network or work experience in startup/venture ecosystems across Egypt / MENA as well as SubSaharan Africa (especially South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya)
  • Flexibility to travel 30-40% of the time (when safe / when not inhibited by COVID-19)

Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits… plus people who are fun to work with!

Apply now

Job Status: Open

Job Sectors: Investment Associate

Job Type: Full Time

Regions: Africa, Asia

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