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Research Associate

— The Mills Fabrica

About The Mills Fabrica

The Mills Fabrica is a collaborative platform for accelerating sustainability-focused tech innovations in the techstyle and agrifood sectors. Its venture capital fund, business incubator, impact retail store Fabrica X, and spaces across Hong Kong and London support innovations from different growth stages.

Grown out of Hong Kong’s Nan Fung Group’s textile legacy, The Mills Fabrica, through its capital, connections, and expertise, is on a mission to bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, and corporates to create positive environmental and social impact for generations.

Our fund invests globally in seed to series B startups as well as VC funds that align with our strategy and impact mandate. Our investment themes broadly cover three areas across the agrifood and techstyle verticals, including 1) next-gen ingredient and material innovations, 2) circular solutions and waste valorization technologies, and 3) more sustainable manufacturing and production practices.


  • Conduct in-depth technical and scientific due diligence on target startups, such as evaluating their tech defensibility, intellectual property, competitive landscape, regulatory roadmap, and other scale-up risks. While not a core part of the role, the associate should also be able to conduct general business/market research to help inform the team’s investment decisions.
  • Prepare investment memos, presentations and quantitative/qualitative analysis including impact evaluation.
  • Attend meetings with target startups, GPs, peer investors and industry partners.
  • Drive thought leadership via agrifood/techstyle thematic research to develop investment theses, and write external content pieces on industry trends/innovations.
  • Engage with portfolio companies and GPs to support their growth and success, monitor tech and scale-up milestones for potential follow-on investment opportunities.
  • Work with the broader Fabrica team on other ad-hoc duties


  • University graduates majoring in Science / Engineering / Technology or other related disciplines; understanding of fields of related to biochemistry, biotechnology, bio-design, material science, food science, textiles engineering. A graduate degree or postdoctoral experience in related fields is preferred.
  • 2-6 years of working experience either in academia / research, industry technical research / commercialization (e.g. manufacturers) roles, venture capital in the agrifood / techstyle sectors or adjacent fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to comprehend deep technology solutions, analyze data and translate findings into investment-relevant insights. Strong written and verbal communication skills required to engage with technical founding teams and present science-based findings to senior stakeholders.
  • Passion for supporting mission-driven founders and driving meaningful planetary/social impact through our investments. Curiosity and strong interest in venture capital and commercialization of tech innovations.
  • Proficient in both written and spoken English. Cantonese is a strong plus.

How to apply

  • By e-mail: hr@nanfung.com
  • By mail: The Human Resources Manager, Nan Fung Development Limited, 17/F., AIRSIDE, 2 Concorde Road, Kai Tak, Hong Kong


Remarks: You are required to click on the link below and read our Personal Information Collection Statement Pertaining to Recruitment carefully before you submit your application: www.nanfung.com/en/pics/.