Ventures Associate | Commerce and AI

Plug and Play

Plug and Play

Software Engineering, Data Science
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024


Plug and Play is a leading early-stage investor and corporate innovation platform bringing together the best startups and the world’s largest corporations. We are early investors in 30+ unicorn startups including Paypal, Honey, and Rappi, and we’ve worked with most of the Fortune 500 enterprises across 20+ industry verticals on technology innovations.

Within our platform, we focus on various sectors, including a fast-growing Brand & Retail vertical where we have the largest brands and retailers in the fashion & apparel, beauty, food & beverage, quick service restaurants, entertainment and other industries as our customers and LPs. We are a diverse team with backgrounds in VC, technology, business building, and entrepreneurship, and we are growing rapidly.


We are seeking a Ventures Associate who will make a substantial impact on our startup investments, accelerator programs, and corporate customers. The role requires strong analytical and communication skills, financial acumen, attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. This role is for our Brand & Retail vertical and will be based in Sunnyvale, CA.


Customer Engagement and Retention

  • Develop a trusted relationship with our corporate partners and comprehensive understanding of their innovation challenges and tech interests.
  • Work with corporate customers on their technology needs to deliver startup sourcing, research and other projects.
  • Collaborate with and host corporate executives in Dealflow sessions to meet with startups and guide corporations in the startup evaluation process.


  • Conduct bi-annual sourcing for accelerator programs aligning to commerce and media focused technology interests.
  • Play an active role in speaking at and organizing the accelerator programs.
  • Manage stakeholders including but not limited to corporate partners, startups, VCs and mentors effectively and constantly improve our programs.


  • Independently source, evaluate, and execute early-stage investment opportunities.
  • Prepare and deliver compelling investment proposals to the investment team on a weekly basis.
  • Build a strong network in the VC and startup ecosystem.


  • Support the sales team on growing our corporate customer base.
  • Take on ad-hoc projects and tasks as required.


  • Possess a minimum of 2-3 years' experience in tech, consulting, finance or other highly analytical roles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with C-Suite executives.
  • Self-Starter - ability to start projects or plan events with minimal to no supervision
  • Ability to prioritize and manage several projects with VCs, corporate partners, and startups at the same time.
  • Approach tasks with humility and a collaborative spirit.
  • Driven by a performance-oriented mindset.
  • Demonstrate an analytical, data-driven mindset.
  • Nice to have: prior experience in Venture Capital.


  • Be part of Plug and Play - the biggest and fastest-growing startup innovation platform globally with locations worldwide
  • Be at the forefront of innovation and get access to groundbreaking technologies
  • Be part of a dynamic, international and open-minded team
  • Get access to and communicate with leading international tech executives, startups and investors
  • Work in a vibrant and unique working environment
  • Various opportunities for your career development after your internship
  • Contribute and realize your own ideas and have room for self-development