The E8 Fellowship Program is seeking graduate students and post-doctorates to apply for a chance to see first-hand the scope and questions explored by angel investors when evaluating business investments in clean technology opportunities.
The E8 Fellowship Program is a partnership between Washington State University and E8, a growing community of angel investors and supporters committed to advancing clean technologies in promising, early-stage companies from across North America and overseas. Member-investors and entrepreneurs unite in a dual, common purpose – the pursuit of profit and scalable market solutions that also directly support environmental health and address climate change. To learn more about E8, visit www.e8angels.com.
The fellowship program offers direct access to companies and technologies, learning opportunities in early-stage finance and due diligence, experience in team collaboration, and networking with investors, entrepreneurs and partners. Fellows who participate in meetings and are active on deal teams will also receive $500 for their participation at the end of the semester.
The program is open to individuals from all academic backgrounds. Preferred applicants will have prior experience with general scientific research areas in agriculture, business, accounting and finance, computer science, economics, engineering, chemistry, life science, and/or physics.
Roles and Responsibilities
Pre-screen company applications. Fellows support the screening committee and its chairperson by briefly assessing the applications submitted each month to E8 against a rubric. Screening takes place the first half of the month; requires 1-2 hours per month.
Attend meetings in-person or via web conference. Successfully screened companies are invited to attend member meetings and pitch their business plan. Fellows must attend at least three meetings each semester that are pitch meetings (2.5 hours in length) or subsequent follow-up meetings.
Due diligence team support. Contingent upon sufficient member interest, companies are invited to a follow-up meeting and formal due diligence process. For approximately 3-5 weeks, deal teams dive deeper into critical elements of entrepreneur proposals.
Deal team calls are typically held on a weekly basis and can last up to an hour. Fellows are required to participate in 12 due diligence teams, with 6-15 hours total commitment to each team.
Applicants will need to submit a CV/resume and statement of interest by August 9. Click here to apply. For more information visit https://research.wsu.edu/resources-researchers/working-with-industry/wsu-e8-fellowship-program/.
Please contact Brian Kraft, assistant vice president of the Innovation and Research Engagement Office, firstname.lastname@example.org using “E8 Fellowship Program Inquiry” in the subject line.