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Financial & Research Associate

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Posted: 14 June 2021

1.1    SW21 background

SW21 is a startup studio launched in 2021 that seeks to partner with early-stage companies as business co-founders or co-builders. Given the experience, track record and expertise of its partners in launching and building startups, SW21 sees an opportunity to support and invest in promising startups at the earliest stages. We have a particular interest in impact investing, working with startups that are developing or advancing a clear educational, health, social or environmental innovation.

SW21 was co-founded by Gregory Sukornyk and Marc Wayne, each of whom have spent the past 30 years founding, building and advising companies in numerous verticals, including healthcare, clinical research and drug development, cannabis, mobile entertainment, ad technology, video technology, and remote learning. SW21’s founders have worked closely with many leading, global non-profit organizations including The Nature Conservancy, Beckley Foundation, The CCIC, World Wildlife Fund, Sea Shepherd, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, and Wildaid. Please see forfurther information.

1.2    Our Services

As business co-founders and/or co-builders, we seek to add value to young companies in growing their business, testing their product and building their team. In particular, we are best suited to situations where we can assist with:
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Product Strategy
  • Partnership and Business Development
  • Marketing and Customer Acquisition
  • Financial Modeling and forecasts
  • Startup Essentials (lawyers/capital structure/accountants)
  • Team Building (helping fill key roles)
  • Introductions to Outsourced Resources(technical and business)
  • Operational Support
  • International Expansion
  • Investors and Financing

We are hands-on and get deeply involved in growing the business through critical, early-stage phases, from pre-seed through to Series A, and as committed partners assist in any way we can as the company matures. The term of our involvement can range from 6-18 months depending upon the specific needs of the company. We invest in every startup we support and raise additional financing for our portfolio companies through our co-investment network.

1.3    Job responsibilities

You will wear many hats. SW21 portfolio companies conduct business globally and as such you will be involved in research across many international markets and creating financial models that incorporate operations across multiple territories. Key responsibilities:
  • Prepare sophisticated financial models for SW21 portfolio companies, including benchmarking and validating key assumptions, as well as, researching competitor business models
  • Conduct market research across our themes namely EdTech, HealthTech and CleanTech
  • Prepare competitive analyses for SW21 and its portfolio of startups
  • Experience in a fast growing, entrepreneurial, technology focused business
  • Work with our portfolio companies to assist with presentation preparation and identifying potential new hires
  • Work with our portfolio companies to assist with presentation preparation and identifying potential new hires
  • Attend portfolio company meetings and manage / update Google docs
  • Prepare investor and company-product presentations
  • Review and analyze prospective new startup investments/co-building opportunities

1.4    Credentials and Experience

We are seeking a junior professional with the following background and skillset:
  • 2+ years of experience working for an investment bank, VC or fast growth startup, preparing comprehensive financial models, conducting market research and assisting with preparation of financing rounds
  • University degree in economics or finance-related program
  • MBA preferred
  • Strong financial modeling skills
  • Quick and agile thinker, able to move easily between different projects and companies
  • Extensive experience using common productivity and financial platforms, including Google docs, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, and Quickbooks
  • The highest degree of professional ethics, honesty and integrity

1.5    Location

We are based in Toronto, Canada and Miami, USA. Ideally, the successful candidate will be based at our Miami offices, through there is some flexibility for remote work.

1.6    Compensation & Benefits

We are offering competitive compensation. Following 6 months of a successful engagement with SW21, you will be entitled to participate in our bonus and incentive scheme.

1.7    Time commitment

Initially, minimum of 20 hours / week, transitioning to Full-Time role based on successful 3-month trial engagement.

Target Start Date: Immediate

APPLY for this position by sending an introductory email along with your Bio and CV to If we are interested in your submission, we will reach out to you to set up an introductory call. We apologize in advance for not responding to all submissions.