ERDF Consultancy Brief: EcoMachines Incubator Analyst Internship

ERDF Consultancy Brief: EcoMachines Incubator Analyst Internship


Capital Accelerator Programme is a Mayor of London ERDF funded initiative led and managed by Capital Enterprise and UCL Advances that aims to provide additional new resources, expertise and know-how to both expand and enhance the provision of business support available in London to potential scalable and investable businesses in the Digital, Science and Technology sectors.


Starting in January 2014 and running until June 2015 this programme aims to help 626 London based SMEs with high growth potential to receive intensive advice and practical support that will enable at least 160 of them to raise collectively over £8m of investment funding from business angels and early stage venture capitalist and thereby enable these SME’s to create a minimum 234 new jobs in London.


To deliver a programme of interventions and activities the CAP has assembled a partnership comprising of the leading players in London that support early stage entrepreneurs in the Digital, Science and Technology sectors, this includes Eco Machines Incubator Ltd.


EcoMachines Incubator is a London-based Accelerator and early-stage investor in startups in the energy, cleantech, resource efficiency and industrials space. We make seed investments through our Accelerator programme, and provide further investments as the companies grow and attract follow-on investment rounds. You can find out more here.



Contract Information

This contract will be procured and managed by Capital Enterprise


Capital Enterprise is the membership body for deliverers of enterprise support services in London. It facilitates entrepreneurship via its 60+ (current) member organisations and through the development of new and innovative pan-London programmes.


Capital Enterprise on behalf of  EcoMachines Incubator is looking for 2 to 3 analyst interns to support the executive team in running the Incubator’s investment and Accelerator programme.


The internship will include a wide range of responsibilities and tasks. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the Incubator’s investment strategy, and the selection of companies to enter the Accelerator programme, as well as to support portfolio companies in a range of areas. It will be of greatest interest to candidates who want to pursue a career in Venture Capital, corporate venturing, or to work for (or start their own!) energy/cleantech startups.


You will be working with a small team based in Rainmaking Loft, a collaborative working space in Central London, with our portfolio companies, and our network of mentors and advisors.


The role will include providing support for the CEO and executive team in:

  • analysis of investment opportunities and business plans
  • finding new investment opportunities
  • supporting the building of links with other VC firms and investors
  • joining EcoMachines at industry events
  • supporting companies going through the Accelerator programme
  • organising events
  • building industry partnerships
  • administrative functions within EcoMachines
  • setting up meetings with stakeholders and partners
  • working closely with portfolio companies on grant support


Person Specification:

The successful candidate will be a fast learner with strong communication and analytical skills, and will be required to have:

  • A strong (2:1) degree in physical sciences, engineering-related discipline or management sciences (e.g. MSc or MPhil from a Business School)
  • A high level of computer literacy (proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Strong organisational skills, and the ability to keep on top of several projects at the same time
  • Proven ability to work independently


In your cover letter, please outline what additional skills and experience you have. Below are some examples:

  • Strong data analysis, quantitative research and/or report writing experience
  • Experience in a bank, investment fund, or major professional services firm
  • Experience with University or other entrepreneurship programme, business plan competitions, incubator/accelerators or investors
  • Knowledge of/experience with the ‘lean startup’ method
  • Knowledge of/experience with any of our focus areas, including energy, environmental technologies, material sciences, robotics, automotive, industrial high-tech
  • Experience with a University technology transfer office
  • Experience of applying scientific knowledge in a business context, such as through work for a University technology transfer office, University entrepreneurship programme, business plan competition, incubators or other.



Process and timescales

Candidates must respond to this consultancy brief by emailing Carly McNally ( with a quote and a detailed response to demonstrate your skills and attributes required for this role as well as a copy of your CV.



The contract is available for a 4 month period