Dutch Student Investment Fund is a venture capital fund managed by students from the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. It was established in 2016 as the first student-run European venture capital fund. DSIF invests in innovative startups created by bachelor, master students, PhDs, or recent graduates and help young student entrepreneurs turn their great ideas into real startups.
While DSIF is structured as a venture capital fund, its primary goal is not to make the most significant return on investment but rather to support student entrepreneurs as much as possible. With capital provision, the fund also connects students with professional parties, gives advice, helps to look for follow-up investments, and way more. DSIF believes that young entrepreneurs should have access to all the means necessary to turn their great ideas into real startups that could potentially benefit society.
DSIF offers you a unique opportunity to expand your horizons in the domain of venture capital investing and startups. The positions within the fund are flexible part-time board positions. The board members are apart from their roles also investors. They discuss, assess and financially support the startups. We provide a solid network of partners that can be a valuable connection. This can for example be a partner that gives you trainings where you can learn more about investing. You will also get the chance to work on teamwork, organizational skills, time-management, communication… the options are limitless. At the end of the day, your time at DSIF is what you make of it!
DSIF is all about diversity and openness. That is why students from the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Science from different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender and studies are welcome to apply. That way, we get a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team to lead DSIF with creativity and expertise. We do not ask for previous affiliation or experience in finance, investment and venture capital. Any previous knowledge in this area is, of course, great. But for now, passion and willingness to learn will do!
The President at DSIF is the head of the fund, which means taking the lead in the advancement of DSIF’s vision and strategy. Internally this means that you are responsible for the organization within the student board of directors, reporting to the senior board and the fund’s shareholders. Next to that, you are an active investor that maintains relations with current partners and startups as well as someone that connects to new parties. The president is responsible for leading the meetings, representing DSIF and for team management, to ensure that there is coordination and direction in the operating activities.
As the President of DSIF, you are capable of creative thinking, leading the team and connecting people with your open and pro-active nature.
For this position we are looking for someone with a strong can-do attitude, excellent leadership and drive to take the team to the next level. In addition to time management skills, you must have confidence in sharing DSIF’s vision, both within the team and with stakeholders, while keeping a bird’s eye view of the organization and its goals.
Being the Brand Director at DSIF means maintaining social presence and building brand awareness. With online/offline marketing, your goal will be to reach the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Science entrepreneurial students.
You will learn social media marketing, content marketing for our blog section and website, the basics of analytics and SEO, and WordPress functionalities. When the investment happens, you will write a killer press release to create a media buzz. In this role, you will have a chance to work with the creative side, such as designing content, as well as with the analytical side, such as SEO and analytics.
For offline marketing, you will make sure that people on campus can recognise DSIF. Thus, you will create branded clothing and promotion that would establish brand awareness. Apart from that, together with the network director, you will work on the DSIF event organisation.
At DSIF, we believe in diversity and inclusion. As a brand director, you will have to ensure inclusive and diverse marketing and communications. This role requires a strategic mindset, self-motivation, creativity, analytical skills and leadership skills. If you love marketing and are obsessed with growth, come and join us, you will learn more than you expect!
The Network Director at DSIF is responsible for external communication, event organisation and community management. This position’s primary goals are to create new partnership, scout student startups, stimulate entrepreneurship through events, and maintain a diverse and inclusive DSIF community.
For external communication, you will reach out to potential partners with whom DSIF could collaborate. Next to that, you will be the contact person between the DSIF and the University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Science, from where we scout startups.
Event organisation is vital for entrepreneurial growth in the Twente region. So, together with the brand director, you will work on the webinar, pitch contest and lecture organisation. Also, you will attend many events where you will have to network with potential startups and partners.
For this role, you will be responsible for the recruitment period planning. So, if you are ready to attend and organise exciting events, plan and create a diverse atmosphere within DSIF, then take this challenge and become the next network director of DSIF!
The Deal-flow Director is the most critical person when it comes to investment procedure. This role will require you to oversee and be the first contact person between the DSIF and potential startup investments. As well as to assist the startups throughout the DSIF investment process.
In this role, you will structure, analyse and report on the findings to the board about the incoming deals in the deal-flow funnel. If there is potential in a startup, the deal-flow director will lead the investment process, in which due diligence, agreement on the term sheet and deal-making will be upon.
The deal-flow director should have analytical skills, critical thinking and be interested in entrepreneurship. If you are interested in this role, you will learn many insights about venture capital, specifically what venture capitals actually expect from startups.
The Portfolio Director is responsible for managing startups in the DSIF portfolio. By that, we mean that you will oversee their development, challenges and needs. From here, you will look for solutions on how to support them, this might include looking for subsidies or follow-up investments.
By checking on the portfolio startups, you will document their progress and connect the startup with the experts from our network. As a portfolio director, your goal is to find the best ways to add value and support the growth of our portfolio startups as much as possible.
If you want to pursue this role, you have to be an open-minded, curious and flexible person, who is willing to maintain a good relationship between portfolio startups and DSIF and support them as much as possible.
The Finance Director’s core responsibility is to manage and improve the financial life of the fund. You manage the internal finances of DSIF, by deciding on annual budgets, controlling cash flow and creating operational partnerships with external organizations.
You are also responsible for financial planning, tax filling, record-keeping, and financial reporting and for exploring new opportunities to generate revenue streams, such as corporate sponsorship and finding new capital.
Are you ready to manage the finances of the first European Investment Fund and make DSIF a top organisation? For this role we are looking for someone with a hands-on mentality, strong organizational skills who likes to be challenged. It is considered a plus if you have experience in accounting and/or contract law, but this is not required for application (university training experience is sufficient).
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