Koltai & Company designs and manages programs to spur entrepreneurship around the world.

As architects and general contractors for programs that bolster entrepreneurship ecosystems, KolCo works with clients who seek to strengthen entrepreneurial activity in a city, region, country, or continent.

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Why Entrepreneurship Development?

Entrepreneurship is the single biggest driver of job creation and economic growth in any economy, which in turn are the underpinnings of political stability and healthy societies. In the U.S., new firms create three million jobs every year, while in emerging markets small- and medium-sized firms account for 97 percent of all jobs. Whether it is helping post-conflict states recover, reigniting growth in stagnant economies, or uncovering new investment opportunities, entrepreneurship development plays a critical role.

Robust entrepreneurial ecosystems contribute additional benefits to communities, including increased commercialization of innovation, which can be harnessed to address pressing social problems. Entrepreneurship provides new opportunity, creating paths for social mobility and thereby empowering disenfranchised groups and including them in the benefits of growth.

The Six + Six Entrepreneurship Ecoysystem Model

The Six + Six Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Model

KolCo’s strategy for entrepreneurship development rests on the premise that no single factor alone moves entrepreneurship forward. Rather, entrepreneurs thrive when multiple sectors and actors consciously work together to develop a supportive environment for entrepreneurship.

This concept is embodied by KolCo’s Six + Six Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Model, which highlights the six fundamental actions required to build a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem: Identify, Train, Connect & Sustain, Fund, Enable, and Celebrate entrepreneurs; and the six participants who must be involved in their implementation: NGOs, Corporations, Foundations, Government, Academic Institutions, and Investors.

We believe that only through this comprehensive, holistic approach can true progress toward a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem be achieved.

Meet the Team

The KolCo team is a group of experienced professionals passionate about creating environments where entrepreneurs can succeed. We rely on a network of personal and professional connections with entrepreneurs and on our experiences with entrepreneurship promotion, start-ups, and international development.

  • Steven Koltai

    Steven Koltai

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    Steven Koltai created and ran the Global Entrepreneurship Program for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a central element of President Obama’s strategy for changing the relationship between the U.S. and Muslim communities around the world. He left the State Department to continue the work of global entrepreneurship ecosystem building via Koltai & Company. Steven is currently a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

    Steven has over 30 years of business experience with several successful startups under his belt, including SES, the world’s largest commercial TV satellite system, and Event411, an online event management business which he founded, grew to over 250 employees, and sold in 2002. He has also served as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at Warner Bros., as a strategic planning consultant at McKinsey & Co., and as an investment banker at Salomon Bros. Steven is an active angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs around the world.

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  • Matt Muspratt

    Matt Muspratt

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    Matt has worked for a decade on West African development, specializing in helping young, innovative companies and organizations navigate operational, legal, and financial challenges in the region. Prior to joining KolCo, Matt headed the legal departments for ProCredit Holding AG financial institutions in West Africa and advised Sierra Leonean legal aid group Timap for Justice. Matt holds degrees from Carleton College, Yale University, and the University of Michigan Law School.

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  • Mike Crowley

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    Mike brings a range of policy, research, and writing experience to KolCo, having worked in the Economic Policy department of The Pew Charitable Trusts and for Akin Gump and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His writing on foreign policy has been published by US News & World Report and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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  • Eric Martin

    Victor Mallet

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    Victor has worked in a variety of consulting and entrepreneurial roles throughout his career. Beginning as an associate with the Boston Consulting Group he has since worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce and founded companies in the media (ReelAfrican Inc) and energy (Arrakis Group) spaces that are currently operating in the U.S. and Ghana. Victor graduated from MIT with a BSc. in chemical engineering and with an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In his spare time he enjoys movies, writing, squash, and traveling to new places.

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