Private Sector Development
Matt Kuppers is an Independent Consultant specialised in Private Sector Development and Startup Consulting.
He believes that Entrepreneurship is an essential instrument for governments to create peace, stability, and economic growth. Matt works across the private and the public sector where he consults on entrepreneurship ecosystem development projects, capacity building, and EU-level initiatives to foster entrepreneurship. He is also a seasoned conference speaker. Matt's current engagements include:
Matt is the Founder and Managing Director of EurAfrica ICT, an African-European consortium which aims to develop a Pan-African Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) ecosystem in Africa’s digitally most advanced markets Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. EurAfrica ICT will also facilitate ICT policy reforms in those markets to remove regulatory uncertainties for entrepreneurs and investors across four key Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) namely Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Cybersecurity, and Open Data. The project is a successful response to the call ICT-58-2020 and received €2,000,000 in EU funding.
EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Matt serves as an Executive Board Member where he provides expertise and opinion to the board and the CEO on transforming innovative ideas and projects into new business for existing companies (large and small) as well as through the creation of start-ups and spin-offs.
Being appointed as an Independent Expert to various Directorates General (DG) of the European Commission Matt provides expert opinion and policy advice to a range of topics including the evaluation of Horizon 2020 grant applications, projects, and ongoing tenders. He has been appointed by DG Connect, the Research Executive Agency (REA), and the Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (FISMA) of the European Commission. Matt's responsibilities will include providing expertise and analysis regarding the success of SME growth markets and identifying areas where further action may be needed.
Being an alumni, Matt has been working in the capacity of an external entrepreneurship and innovation consultant with the LSE since 2016. Projects include delivering an incubator concept for third sector innovation & IP commercialisation, authoring a 300-hours undergraduate course in entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship training for academic researchers. Matt further serves as the Chair of the LSE Alumni Entrepreneurs.
Africa is a rising giant economically. As an advisory board member, Matt advises the management board of the African Trade, Transport and Energy Summit (ATTES) organised by the African Logistics Port Hub Association. With the presidents of Ghana and Rwanda, and the Deputy Director General World Trade Organisation WTO in attendance, ATTES is Africa's largest event of its kind.
Through his consultancy Startup Manufactory Matt and his team provide startup consulting and expertise on entrepreneurship ecosystem development to governmental organisations. Clients include the European Commission, the Isle of Man Government, Czech Invest, and the Industrial Training Fund, Nigeria. Since inception the firm served 100+ clients internationally.
Matt is an active startup mentor with a number of accelerator programmes such as the Arab Innovation Academy, Startupbootcamp FinTech, and London Business School. Being a regular conference speaker engagements include the Horasis Global Meeting, The Economist Lisbon Summit, and the UK Department for International Trade (UKTI). Matt has been working in the start-up industry since 2008 including venture capital, launching businesses, investing, and consulting. Matt holds German citizenship and resides in the Isle of Man.