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Mentor: Vladimir de Ziegler

Startlife Mentor

Vladimir de Ziegler is a project manager with Olam International, a global agribusiness company. He has worked on both strategic and implementation projects, across Africa, the US, and Europe. Currently, he is working on boosting the financial performance of Olam’s cocoa division in Europe. Prior to that, he held roles in both fast growing software companies, and in financial advisory. In those latter roles, he was focusing on their international expansion, and fundraising activities, respectively.

Vladimir can help you with getting those difficult, yet essential early leads to validate your value proposition. By gathering insights from your first customers, he will support you in refining your business model further. As you start to gain traction, he will guide you in setting up relevant KPIs, and to build an accompanying financial plan, so that you can ready up for investors and your next growth phase.

Finally, Vladimir is incredibly excited to contribute to closing the ag’s space food, land and climate gaps. He is convinced that it will only happen if emerging technologies can be smoothly, and profitably adopted by both corporates and family-businesses. He is fond of getting you there.

Skills and field of expertise

  • Business Development
  • Strategy
  • Financial modelling
  • Funding

Offer and interest (startups)

Offer:

Happy to get my hands dirty and to leverage my network to help you get early traction and derive commercial strategies. By gathering customers’ feedback, I am happy to help you with developing an accompanying financial plan and a path toward early funding.

Interest:

Any agrifoodtech startup, whose solution will make the ag space more inclusive and working closer to reducing its food, land and climate gaps. I am excited to assist technical teams, who are seeking to translate their technology into a valuable business case.

Personal quote

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb

 

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