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Internship venture development climate & circularity

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At BigCircle, we build our own ventures

The world needs innovations to reach net-zero and circularity, but a wealth of research inventions never gets used at scale. BigCircle Ventures scouts promising deeptech and turns this into successful startups that tackle the world’s climate and circularity challenges. We focus on the large, untapped pool of early-stage innovations that would otherwise stay untouched on a shelf, hidden in a university, research institute or company lab.

Join us to make big impact

We are a new team with deep expertise in venture building and in the energy and materials transition. By using a proven model for discovering, nurturing and funding, we aim to be the leading greentech venture builder and boost the world’s journey towards sustainability. We are looking for interns who want to learn from the exciting and pioneering growth phase we are in, by being part of founding and supporting high impact ventures.

As we are very keen to ensure diversity and balance in our team, we strongly encourage female candidates to apply

Your role as venture development intern

As a venture development intern, you learn and develop yourself by working with our experienced venture partners and developers to create new ventures. Because we are a startup ourselves, you have many opportunities to help build up and shape BigCircle as well.

Your activities include:

  • Sourcing inventions by doing desk based searches on patents, projects and licence offers, supporting our outreach to universities and researchers, and helping the team to prepare for events (e.g. industry conferences)
  • Supporting the selection of promising inventions via our structured process, by gathering technical, impact and market input via desk based research and supporting or conducting interviews with experts, investors and industry players
  • Providing hands-on support in other phases of our process, for example when we are recruiting and onboarding a team for the new venture
  • Assisting with coordinating the process from sourcing to onboarding for the inventions you are working on and keeping invention and progress data up to date
  • As part of all this, learning about entrepreneurship, venture building and how this fits you, while getting involved in the many opportunities to develop our organisation

Your profile

  • You want to make a positive impact and believe in the power of technology
  • You are on your way to a scientific technology degree in a relevant field, such as novel materials, complex engineering, advanced (bio)chemistry, (sustainable) energy sciences, machine learning and AI-applications
  • You enjoy the puzzle as well as the human side of venture building, you are a positive, open and outgoing personality
  • You are hands-on, a self-starter with a follow-through mentality, entrepreneurial and eager to learn, you combine sensibility with guts, you take ownership and thrive on collaboration, you enjoy discovering and developing your talents
  • You are fluent in English (spoken and written), as we contact people all over Europe and beyond
  • You live in or within commuting distance from Amsterdam, so you can collaborate with the team in our office

We strongly believe that the right personality, motivation and team-fit form the key to having impact, so we value those over having a ‘perfect score’ on all the criteria

The opportunity we offer

  • Join an energetic and fast growing team with a proven venture building approach
  • Make a positive impact by boosting the world’s journey towards sustainability
  • We offer EUR 600 per month internship compensation and we reimburse travel costs

You must have the right to work in the Netherlands, because we do not have the capacity to offer visa sponsorship

If you are interested or have any questions, we would love to hear from you (please reach out to or feel free to visit