How to break into VC: we’re hiring in Europe
Written by Jambu Palaniappan, Managing Partner, OMERS Ventures
There has been a lot of talk over the last several months about how difficult it is to break into venture capital — that the nature of the industry is opaque, and hiring is cloaked in secrecy. We agree that doesn’t lend itself well to new voices breaking through. The purpose of this post is fairly straightforward: to let you know that OMERS Ventures is hiring in Europe.
We have two open junior investment roles — one associate and one analyst — and we are kicking off a search process now.
OMERS is a Canadian pension plan that invests on behalf of 500,000 public sector members from the Canadian province of Ontario. We take our stewardship of their retirement plan seriously, and can feel the impact of our work every day. OMERS began investing directly in venture-backed startups a decade ago, including investing in companies like Shopify. We invest in series A and B companies across Europe and are particularly focused on revolutionary software platforms.
Our investment team is also a bit different: we are a mix of ex-founders and operators and believe that helps us put ourselves in the shoes of the entrepreneurs and companies we meet. Harry, Tara, Henry and I took different paths to venture — founding companies and scaling others — and we want the team we are building to reflect the diversity of the world around us and the businesses we hope to invest in.
So, what are we looking for? Simply put, we care more about what you can bring to the table than what you have done in your past. To succeed in these roles, you will need to be a self-starter with grit and the ability to persevere, to have both strong analytical skills and the ability to build networks from a standing start. And above all else, a demonstrable passion for helping founders build era-defining companies. You can be a founder, operator, consultant, lawyer, or none of the above. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never worked at a VC firm.
This is not an internship or a short-term program we’ve thought up to signal a commitment to diversity. These are significant roles within our small European team and we want standout candidates. We believe that our business will be made stronger if these candidates come from diverse backgrounds, and we are relying on the community to help us get word out to the people who you think need to know about this!