Matt Kuppers

Private Sector Development

Entrepreneurship Education

Conference Speaking

Matt Kuppers is an Independent Consultant specialised in Private Sector Development and Startup Consulting.

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:

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 startups 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.

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.

In 2021 Matt joined the selective Army Reserve Officer Training Programme (Lieutenant OF-1a) of the German Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The programme is geared towards business leaders and includes a range of training units including field craft, marksmanship, and leadership. Through the training, Matt is transitioning into the Defence Innovation space.

Matt is an active startup mentor with a number of accelerator programmes such as the Arab Innovation Academy in Qatar, Startupbootcamp FinTech in London, 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.