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:
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has been set-up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf several EU programmes in the fields of SME support & innovation, environment, climate action, energy and maritime affairs. Matt's Involvement as a Scientific Expert includes the evaluation of grant applicants for the call "Pan-European advanced manufacturing assistance and training for SMEs".
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. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. 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.
Innovation of Health Technology is key for a healthy society to thrive. Matt is currently involved as a startup mentor with the Simulation for Digital Health (SimDH) startup acceleration programme. Run by South Bank Innovation, the innovation arm of London South Bank University and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, SimDH is a free programme supporting health tech start-ups and SMEs to innovate, develop and deliver new products and services.
Matt is a member of an expert panel providing advice and opinion on EIT Food, a pan-European consortium fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector with 50+ partners across 13 countries. The engagement includes evaluating the business plan of EIT Food including its many Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) that create business enabling environments contributing to the European ecosystem.
As an Independent Expert to the European Commission Matt monitors and evaluates H2020 Research & Innovation projects and also grant applications focused on creating EU-wide startup ecosystems. In addition to that Matt has served as Advisory board member and public contract evaluator for the H2020 Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar (value €12M).
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.