Innovation Investment Manager

at University of Cape Town
Location Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Management
Work Hours Day
Salary Units MONTH
Currency ZAR


In addition to negotiating research contracts entered into with our wide variety of funders, RC&I fulfills the role of

a “Technology Transfer Office” managing Intellectual Property (IP), maturing technologies and ultimately

commercialising IP through licensing or spin-off company creation (innovation).

We invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for this permanent post that manages the

various internal UCT funds that invest in new ventures, that analyses investments, structures deals, identifies new

innovation funding opportunities and manages risk through post-investment monitoring.


  • B Commerce (or equivalent) but excluding accounting unless it is one of a double major. NQF 7 in Life,

Health, Physical Science, Engineering or Commerce field

  • 8 years’ relevant experience i.e. new ventures, analysis of investments, structures deals, identifies new

innovation funding opportunities and manages risk through post-investment monitoring.

  • Demonstrated project management (including financial budgeting and controls and associated reporting).
  • Report writing, excellent verbal and written skills (English), financial acumen, understanding of technology

development, start-up company support and commercialisation of “deep” technology. Fund raising

experience, teamwork.

  • Business experience, or an appropriate business qualification.


  • A BCom. with a finance, economics, investment or corporate finance stream.
  • Investment Fund management and knowledge of fund governance


Fund management – UCT Investment Technology Funds and key contact point for, inter alia, the University

Technology Fund

  • Manage preparation and pre-screening of applications.
  • Ensure that applications are routed to appropriate review panels / committees to decide on the award.
  • Participate in due diligence activities with the Innovation Services team.
  • Write investment overviews for presentation to the funding decision committees.
  • Review SAP financial reports and summarise status and returns that have accrued on a monthly basis.

Funding origination:

  • Seek appropriate funding sources to progress UCT innovations locally / internationally
  • Investigate alternative initiatives to attract alumni and other forms of external investment into UCT


Post investment monitoring:

  • Ensure that milestones have been met before the next tranche of funding is released.
  • Provide advisory, guidance and troubleshooting to overcome hurdles on funded projects.
  • Write case studies and news articles that exemplify success stories for specific funding
  • Financial and aggregated performance reporting to funders and selection committee’s, RC&I and wider

stakeholders (includes material for web news and annual reporting).

Risk Management:

  • Establish appropriate reporting for the level of investment, multi-million Rand investment in spin-off

companies should receive significant attention.

  • Analyse information received and consider the risk posed by any deviations or issues noted and look to

personally remedy the situation and/or escalate the issue to the relevant stakeholders and propose

measures that could be taken.

  • Compliance assessment - legal, financial and regulatory.


To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Mrs. Natasha Khan at

[email protected]

- UCT Application Form (download at

- Cover letter, and

- Curriculum Vitae (CV- maximum 4 pages).