Welcome to the Accelerate2030 Venture Support Page

As part of the Accelerate2030 program, our International Finalists of the 2017 Edition receive tailored support for 9 months until June 2018. Our pool of professional consultants, coaches, and experts advise our finalist ventures and entrepreneurs in order to successfully grow their business and scale their impact on the SDGs.  We have identified 5 main areas of support these entrepreneurs need to scale successfully and have now become our main pillars of our support. These are:

  • Leadership and Resilliance
  • Scaling their Reach
  • Investment-Readiness
  • Impact Measurement
  • Partnerships and Connections to Networks

The A2030 pool of certified coaches

Our coaches are the backbone to our Leadership and Resilience support pillar. They follow the entrepreneurs in their scaling journey, coaching them on the development of their business ensuring their efforts are in alignment with their vision and mission, and may suggest new approaches and paths to take by asking the right questions. Alongside this, coaches support entrepreneurs in the crucial element of being resilient to the challenges that are inevitable, and advice them on self and team leadership.

Christine Billy

Nadene Canning

Giorgia Dario-Paolucci

Katrin Hauser

Colleen Jack

Jane Lauterback

Andres Novoa

Simone Reeves

Biliana Vassileva

The A2030 portfolio of experts

Entrepreneurs have access to professional support from experts and consultants in various areas of expertise, encompassing all 5 pillars of our support program. Our experts either come from recognised organisations or are entrepreneurs themselves and support our finalists as an individual. We are always happy to meet potential experts. If interested, please apply through the button at the very bottom of this page.

All A2030 experts are only available to be contacted by A2030 Finalists at the moment, however if you are not a A2030 Finalist and would like to get in touch with them, please contact the A2030 team for more information. Below you will find all our experts grouped according to their expertise.

Overview of Sections

Business Strategy and Development
Leadership and Organisational Development
Legal Issues and IP Protection
Marketing and Communication
Investment Readiness
Impact Measurement

The Accelerate2030 Team wishes you all the best and a fruitful collaboration!

Business Strategy and Development

Dalberg Advisors is a strategic advisory firm which brings the best of private sector strategy skills and rigorous analytical capabilities with deep knowledge and networks across emerging and frontier markets. We work collaboratively across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to fuel inclusive growth and help clients achieve their goals.

A2030 Contact Person: Tamara Pironnet

Profile Coming Soon…

The Boston Consulting Group

BCG is a global management consulting company with more than 90 offices in 50 countries, employing over 14 000 people.
We provide best-in-class services to biggest global companies across many sectors of economy and business topics.


A2030 Contact: Evgeniy Akulich

I am a Project Leader in Geneva office and also a social impact coordinator for Switzerland in BCG.
I joined BCG in 2009 in Moscow. Over these years I’ve done ~40 projects across many industries and countries with focus on consumer goods, public sector, banking, telecom.

International Trade Center

ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC’s main focus is to facilitate SME success in international business. Having worked with SMEs for 50 years, ITC is familiar with the unique needs of SMEs, including women-owned enterprises, and has vast experience in improving their international competitiveness and connecting them with markets.

A2030 Champion: Vivian Marcelino

Profile coming soon…


Scaling4good is about identifying how to grow, connect, replicate the great ideas, initiatives and projects that pave the way to a better future for humanity on our planet .

A2030 Champion: Katrin Hauser

Profile coming soon…


As thought leaders and brokers, Endeva accelerates inclusive business innovations. We work with partners from all sectors. Our contribution to inclusive business lies in research, facilitation and consulting. We work as a global network of experts with a joint passion: making poverty a thing of the past and conserving resources for the future.

A2030 Contact: Claudia Knobloch

We can support finalists in improving their business model, in linking to partners and to shape systems of monitoring, evaluation and learning.

WIPO Green

WIPO GREEN is an interactive marketplace that promotes innovation and diffusion of green technologies. It does this by connecting technology and service providers with those seeking innovative solutions.

A2030 Champion: Anja Von Der Ropp

Profile coming soon…

Pascal Schütz (Accenture) – IT Product Development, Innovation & Design Thinking

I’m leading the liquid studio (innovation hub) at Accenture in Switzerland where we are creating new products and services for our client to interact with (emerging) technology using design thinking, rapid prototyping and building real MVPs in short timeframes.

I can support you with product development & IT based business modeling, design thinking as well as technology expertise from Architecture to implementation.


Karime Abib – Supply Chain, Strategic Sustainability, Quality

Karime is a MBA, Sustainability, 6Sigma & Supply Chain professional with 23 years’ experience, built at renowned global companies, with 14 years managing at Unilever. She is an entrepreneur and founder of AdvantiKA. She has helped leaders to create and implement strategies, actively advised boards and lead different projects and teams.

Karime can support you with strategy for sustainable development, quality improvement or lean manufacturing programs, eventual trainings, process and supply chain improvements, CO2 reduction and strategic programs in logistics, and waste management. Also leadership training, mindfulness, social impact initiatives and gender/diversity balance projects.

LinkedIn     AdvantiKA

Rodrigo Nabholz (Accenture) – Finance and Risk Management

Consultant with more than 20 years of experience in Finance and Risk Management, with a strong quantitative background. Over the last 10 years I’ve been helping several initiatives, mainly in Brazil, to foster innovation and the startup ecosystem.


Josiane Lorange – Technology, Entrepreneurship, Organisational Development

I have been involved with technological start-ups (geomatics, telematics/telemetry, environmental engineering, etc.) over the past 20 years. During this period, I further explored, facilitated and experienced various work methods, from surveys to diagnostic audits to participatory methods, combining creativity, agility and coaching, to best exploit the innovation, leadership and management potential of growing organizations. I hold a Master’s in Environmental Engineering, an MBA and a Fellowship in International Development Management.

I am available for supporting the structuring of organizations in alignment with growth, namely addressing strategic planning; organizational management and process optimization; culture, people and organizational development; and customer experience.


Leadership and Organisational Development

Laurence Waeber – HR, Talent & Organizational Development

I worked 15 years in the corporate world, holding executive roles in HR and Learning & Development, within international and culturally diverse environments, in the private and non-profit sectors. Today as a Consultant, Trainer and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach®, I’m partnering with SMEs, startups and NGOs, local and global organizations in all HR, organization & talent development matters in a 4.0 world. 

I can specifically support in growing and engaging your team,  and structuring your organization from both an operational and strategic point of view.

LinkedIn     LW ➳ consulting training coaching 

Legal Issues and IP Protection

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP is a premier international law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being an adviser for global business, with more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law.

A2030 Contact: Karolina Berney

Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program provides free legal support to eligible small and medium-sized for-profit enterprises and market-focused NGOs and non-profits that have a clear social impact in developing countries.
Sidley provides a wide variety of legal assistance to these enterprises to expand operations, lower costs, increase profits, successfully access new markets and become attractive partners for investors. Generally, the legal services provided include corporate, transactional, financing, contract, intellectual property and international trade matters.

Paul Cosmovici – International IP Strategy

I am the founder of Cosmovici Intellectual Property. I obtained an LL.M. at Columbia University and I am a member of the Geneva, New York and Paris Bars, as well as a European Trademark and Design attorney. On the US, European and international level, my expertise is focused on IP strategy including trademarks, patents, copyrights, software, domain names.

I work especially with entrepreneurs in IT&C, techology and food industry. I can support you with the IP strategy, especially if you are thinking to develop your business in many countries. For example you can learn how to secure your market by protecting your trademark, domain name, code source, or industrial design.

LinkedIn      Website      Organisational Brochure

Omer Hiziroglu – Intellectual Property, Licensing ,Investor Relations

I have been an IP and licensing lawyer for more than 15 years with a strong VC background and technology transfer. I am a member of the bars of New York, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Istanbul. Past vice president of Licensing Executives Society, I have been featured in IAM 300, World’s Leading IP strategists since 2014.

I can support you with:
1. IP, particularly patent and tradesecret/know how related matters. Protection strategies, structuring a portfolio, IP based collaborations. 2. Licensing in & out of IP. Negotiation tactics and general advice on license agreements and technology transfer. 3. Investor presentions and client presentations (ie: how to create a good substantive presentation). 4. General advice on investor agreements

LinkedIn     TLS-IP

Marketing and communication

Charles Awad – Marketing Strategy

Charles is a seasoned Senior Executive with over 25 years of experience in marketing and innovation across a variety of industries and markets. Key focus on marketing strategy, brand design and communication, consumer and shopper engagement as well retail.

Charles can support you with all aspects of brand strategy and design, communication design and planning across key touch points as well as brand activation planning.


Kim Carpenter – Digital Marketing

Kim is a digital marketing strategist. Her career began in 1998, leading accounts in New York City’s ad agencies. Her clients include The United Nations, MasterCard, Blue Shield, Nike, Pepsi and Office Max. She has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs in digital marketing and business growth. Kim also has experience showcasing and communicating your impact effectively.

Some things we could work on together:
– branding and marketing campaign development to help you stand out in a busy online marketplace
– digital marketing that converts leads into customers consistently
– build a vibrant online community of followers and referral partners
– marketing messaging that attracts clients, constituents, partners (also showcasing impact)


Erkki Izarra – Marketing, Product Development, Strategy

Erkki Izarra brings in 18 years of experience that he has gained as Entrepreneur, Consultant, Copywriter, Creative Director, Marketing Director and Board Member. He has worked at Nokia and Microsoft as well as in top international advertising agencies in Finland, USA and The Netherlands. He is also a frequent lecturer.

Erkki can help you write the story of your company. Usually he starts with a business model canvas workshop to make sure the story is not based on anecdotes. It’s actually a strategy exercise. He can also support you in turning the story to reality through marketing and product development.

LinkedIn      Izarra Oy

Gijs Koopman – International Sales

Gijs loves working in complex and international environments, currently holding a sales position at Vodafone. Fluent in Dutch, English, French and German. He thrives on challenging himself by defining ambitious objectives and showing the discipline to achieve them (London marathon in 3:00:05). He is at his best when working in highly energetic teams and winning together.

Gijs has a successful track record in selling to the world’s largest multinational organizations. Furthermore skilled in winning complex sales while using a consultative selling approach. This requires deal making and closing.

LinkedIn      About Vodafone

Danlu Peng (Accenture) – UIUX Design and Visual Communication

Danlu is an expert in UIUX design and visual communication with a passion for ideas. Her specialisation lies in prototyping with emerging technologies. She had experience working in this area with clients from various industries, including products, pharma, financial services, etc. Also Danlu had work experience in consulting in different geographies, including America, China, UK, and Germany.

Investment Readiness


Quadia is a regulated investment manager specialized in social and environmental finance. With close to USD 170 million invested in over 35 companies, projects and funds, Quadia is a leading and pioneering impact investor.

A2030 Contact: Josep Segarra

As an investment professional working in the venture capital and private equity space, I can support A2030 companies in aspects such as:
– Business model validation
– Financial strategy
– Investment readiness

The Ground_Up Project

The Ground_Up Project is an impact deal-sourcing platform for impact businesses all around the world, looking for funding of under US$20M. We offer entrepreneurs a better understanding of what investors are looking for and how the process of investment is really happening.

A2030 Contact: Brindusa Burrows

We can support entrepreneurs with our proprietary self-assessment tool (The Value Compass), knowledge on Investor Readiness (Investor Lecture Series, Live Q&As with investors) and visibility to investors through the platform.

Impact Measurement

B Lab (Switzerland)

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.

A2030 Contact: Jonathan Normand

Interested in supporting the A2030 Finalists?

We are always looking for experts and organisations that are willing to partner up with us to support our pool of National and International Finalists. For more information and to get in touch, please click below: