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Innovation & Industrial Research Engagement Element 8 Angels Fellowships


WSU has partnered with the Element 8 Angels to create Deal Flow and Due Diligence Fellowship opportunities.
This opportunity is available for WSU undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers. Participation is available from any WSU location and will involved a commitment not to exceed 5 hours per week for deal and diligence work.
Compensation is available at $15/hour.
To be considered, apply by August 31, 2017.

Position Information

This Fellowship is designed to help the individual learn best due diligence practices and gain a comprehensive “hands-on” understanding of what makes early-stage companies attractive to potential angel investors.

Activities will include:

  • Help Element 8 Screening Committee Chair to create increased and better deal flow for investor-members by providing feedback on applicant companies.
  • Participate in monthly investor meetings via WSU AMS system to learn about new investment opportunities and techniques for pitching to Angel investors.
  • Research high-quality cleantech start-ups and contact entrepreneurs leading promising young companies to encourage them to apply to Element 8 for funding.
  • Assist in pre-screening entrepreneurs for the opportunity to present their companies to the group, ensuring that applicant companies fit the criteria for consideration and have submitted a complete application before referral to our Screening Committee.
  • Work closely with member investors who have volunteered as “Deal Leads” to perform due diligence on selected companies.
  • Research specific topics relating to the potential success of those companies and communicate your finds to Deal Leads and others. Research topics might include market characteristics and size, competitors, product costs and pricing, and exit potential.
  • Help organize meetings and teleconferences among investor-members on the due diligence team.
  • Contribute to the organization’s online “Due Diligence Resource” based on best practices research.
  • Contribute to the due-diligence report produced by each due diligence team.
  • Learn the investor software platform for shared due diligence.


  • Can commit five hours per week September through June. (Note: there are also opportunities to begin learning through the summer).
  • Can work independently and in teams, with periodic supervision.
  • Have excellent work and time-management habits including strong interpersonal, oral communication, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Are experienced with computers, email, and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Prior marketing, public relations, social media, website management, writing and editing, project management, investment, finance, environmental/sustainability studies and/or cleantech-related activities are a plus.

How to Apply – Due August 31, 2017

If you would like to be considered for one of these Fellowships, please send your resume with a short cover letter and listing three professional and/or academic references, including their contact information to:

Brian Kraft
Director of Innovation and Industrial Research Engagement
Office of Research, Washington State University | 509-335-3959


Contact Brian Kraft at or 509-335-3959.

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More information on the Element 8 can be found here.

Faculty Opportunity

There are technical consulting opportunities with Element 8 to aid their due diligence assessments. Please contact Brian Kraft, if interested.