Private Sector Development
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 provides advice and expertise on entrepreneurship ecosystem development projects, capacity building, and EU-level initiatives to foster entrepreneurship. He is also a seasoned conference speaker.
In 2021 Matt was accepted into the selective Army Reserve Officer Training Programme (Lieutenant OF-1a) of the German Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The programme is geared towards senior level executives and business leaders and aims to marry Industry expertise with Military excellence. Alongside training in Army leadership and team building participants receive training in military strategy and tactics which turns them into effective leaders even in the most challenging situations. As army leadership skills are universally applicable the participants will have become resilient and reliable leaders upon graduation.
EIT RawMaterials GmbH, initiated and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. In 2020 Matt joined as an Executive Board Member providing the CEO and the Executive Board advice and opinion on transitioning the organisation from being an EU-funded body (5-year budget €1.5bn) to a self-sustainable organisation. Matt also chairs the business Development Committee.
Being appointed as an Independent Expert to various Directorates General (DG) of the European Commission in 2016 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 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 a fully-fledged incubator concept for third sector innovation & IP commercialisation, authoring a 300-hours undergraduate course in entrepreneurship, and commercialisation 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 in 2013 the firm served 100+ clients internationally.
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.