DSW Ventures Graduate Investment Analyst role

This is a rare opportunity for a bright and ambitious graduate to begin their career in venture capital. You will join a small team based in Manchester and develop your skills in all aspects of the investment life cycle from deal origination to ongoing portfolio management.

Your undergraduate degree subject is less important than the mindsight and attitude you’ll bring to the role. You could be a history graduate looking to deploy your analytical skills and prepare compelling investment theses, or have a science degree and be able to support our assessment of life science opportunities. Equally you may be an economics graduate keen to wrestle with the interplay of theory and practice!

The job specification is below. If you are interested, please email your CV alongside a covering letter to emma@dsw.vc.

Job Title: Investment Analyst

Location: Manchester

Position: Permanent with start date between May and September 2024

DSW Ventures is a leading venture capital firm that invests in disruptive, high-growth startups and supports founders in their quest to create world-changing businesses. We are currently seeking a highly motivated and passionate graduate to join our small team in Manchester.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a talented individual to develop hands-on experience in the fast-paced world of venture capital, learn about the latest innovations in technology, and contribute to the success of our portfolio companies.


  • Internal projects: Lead the development and maintenance of internal databases, deal tracking, and reporting systems.
  • Deal assessment: Working with the investment team to administer and critically assess applicant companies.
  • Deal sourcing: Assist in the identification, screening, and evaluation of potential investment opportunities.
  • Market research and analysis: Conduct thorough market research and analysis on various industries, sectors, and emerging technologies to identify potential investment opportunities.
  • Due diligence: Participate in the due diligence process for potential investments, including financial analysis, market research, and interviews with company management and industry experts.
  • Investment thesis: Prepare concise and balanced business cases to support investments into portfolio companies and new opportunities.
  • Marketing: Attend industry conferences, events, and meetups to establish relationships with entrepreneurs, investors, and other key stakeholders.


  • Recently graduated or graduating in summer 2024.
  • Strong numeracy, analytical, research, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.
  • A genuine passion for startups, technology, and venture capital.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Strong organisational skills with attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV to Emma Cassidy at 

DSW Ventures is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. We believe that diversity and inclusion in the workplace contribute to our success as a company and create a richer experience for our employees.

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