Who we are looking for

WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?

We’re looking for students from one of the institutes for higher education in Amsterdam, such as the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit. If you consider yourself a student but you’re technically not enrolled next year, no worries – we’re no bureaucrats!

CAN INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS APPLY?

Yes! ASIF’s main language is English. In fact, the president of the Dutch Student Investment Fund in Twente is Romanian.

WHAT KIND OF STUDENTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

We are primarily looking for ambitious students that are able to learn quick (and eager to do so)  and have demonstrated capability of handling responsibility. The more experience, the better: ASIF is an advanced board year, and this should not be your first extracurricular activity. Having done a previous board year is a large advantage, although not necessary. In fact, any kind of responsibility may suffice.

Affinity with entrepreneurship and startups is nice, but we don’t expect it. An entrepreneurial mindset on the other hand is of much value, given the fact that this will be the very first board and as such there will be a lot of uncertainty.

Although nice, we do not expect any specific financial knowledge, as this can be brushed up on the go. Rather, we require an ability to very quickly learn new things: as you’ll be taking investment decisions from the go, this is crucial. Furthermore, creativity, analytical skills and strategic skills are important.

DO I HAVE TO STUDY FINANCE / BUSINESS?

Certainly not! Especially in a very early stage, investment is not so much about money. Rather, it is about people skills, technological understanding, product vision and such. The business plans you will be considering are in such an early stage that there’s nothing to be said about the financial results. In fact, a lot of investors say they invest in people, not in products or companies. You can pivot a business model, but you can’t change the entrepreneur.

Given this fact, investment is best done by having a broad set of backgrounds. We will not be looking at what you’re studying, but assess whether your skill set and way of thinking forms an addition to the team.

THIS SOUNDS LIKE ME. I THINK I WANT TO APPLY.

Awesome! See this page on how to do that: How to apply