About us

We believe that building a sustainable future needs collaborative effort, ground-breaking projects, committed partners and, of course, funding.

After more than 15 years of success in international EU grant writing and change management, we decided to put our focus and full commitment into those projects that will make a difference with regard to a world that is at the same time smart, digital and sustainable.

We see our work inspired and driven by the United Nations' SDGs, the EU priorities (Climate Neutral & Smart Countries, Digital Market and Green Deal) and the Paris 2050 agreement.

We believe in the idea of open source software and interoperable open data solutions:


Our team

The IFE team brings over 30 years of experience in grant writing, community building, stakeholder management and change processes to the table. Our team consists of:

Founder // Managing Director

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Smart Cities Lab

Smart Cities Lab is a think tank bringing together 50+ experts from all over the world providing knowledge and experience around smart cities and open data platforms.

smart cities lab

Eisenschmidt Consulting

Eisenschmidt Consulting crew is a specialist in transformation projects in the fields of strategy, culture, and digitalisation, working for customers all over Germany and Europe, from SME to corporates, also including the public sector. ECC offers strategy/innovation councelling, culture and personal development, project development and implementation support.

Peter Schottes

Peter Schottes

Eisenschmidt Consulting

Peter holds a PhD in nature science (climate impact research), worked as a project manager for software development and as a freelance consultant. He is managing director and shareholder of Eisenschmidt Consulting Crew in Kiel, Germany. He is a specialist in transformation projects and works as a sparring partner for top executives. His focus in on strategy development, digital transformation and concept development.

Peter is active as advisor for StartUps and Angel investor. At IFE he overlooks the entire process of community building, stakeholder management and is also responsible for the project kick-offs.


Sophie Glaser-Deruelle

Senior Consultant

Sophie is a mission-driven, analytic, and reliable consultant. Her focus is on the development of projects, and writing public funding bids and grant proposals for R&D. She holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies and has a strong background in SME development and enabling SMEs and Start-ups to access markets and funding.

Sophie has over 10 years of experience in EU funding and project implementation including international project development, tender and funding proposal writing, policy development, implementation, and project management. At IFE, Sophie is a Senior Consultant and Project Development expert. She aids companies in defining their R&D needs and aligning them to calls, this includes ideation and development of projects, consortium building and writing proposals for EU funding.

Olaf-Gerd Gemein

Olaf Gerd Gemein


Olaf is a passionate Serial Entrepreneur and Business Architect with a specific ambition: to be a change catalyst!

With over 30 years of practical experience in various markets in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Canada, he has successfully supported more than 100 projects in the ICT sector. His contributions have focused on accelerating start-up and innovation clusters, building networks, products and services from scratch, facilitating and implementing go-to-market strategies. He is frequently asked to speak at conferences and facilitate networking on smart tech topics around the world.


Rita Gil Mata

Senior Consultant

Rita is an experienced and dynamic research advisor, highly focused on helping excellent science and innovation get funding. She has a Ph.D. in Work Psychology and more than 18 years of experience in research funding advisory, proposal writing, and research management. She has worked in both public and private contexts and has a wider perspective on the different stakeholders of the R&I ecosystem.

She is specialized in EU Funding, namely Impact writing and Responsible Research & Innovation (Open Science, Ethics, Privacy, Gender Equality, and Public Engagement). At IFE, Rita is a Senior Consultant and Project Development expert. She helps clients in their path from idea to proposal, from submission to approved projects.

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Hans-Joachim Schultin


Hans-Joachim has been working as a consultant and organizational developer throughout Germany and internationally since 1997. In many companies and organizations, mainly from the medium-sized sector, he has successfully introduced management systems and designed change projects.

A special aspect of his work is the combination of process and business management competence, which allows him to work out the complete optimization potential of an organization. His many years of facilitation experience in connection with training in personality and cultural models ensure successful workshops and change projects.

Oliver Cressall

Oliver Cressall

Business Developer

Oliver is a dedicated business developer committed to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses access the resources they need to succeed. He is currently building his expertise in EU funding and has developed the ability to navigate the, often complex, EU grant process.

He is both passionate about helping businesses grow and reach their potential, and he works closely to support administrative or operational procedures. Oliver is excited to continue helping businesses succeed and achieve their goals.


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Alex Chalkley


Alex has a BSc in Mathematics, Economics & Computing and has already built a market-leading R&D Funding Consultancy in the UK from 2009 to 2019. Alex has developed funding bids, mainly in the form of R&D Grant Applications, that have secured over €60m for clients operating at the forefront of technology innovation. Venturenomix, focuses on supporting Impact Ventures by offering specialist funding related consultancy services to ambitious people seeking funding for good projects. At IFE, Alex is Managing Director and responsible for all aspects of the business, in particular recruiting, mentoring and adding value to the EU Grant Writing Consultants working on multi-million Euro EU Grant Applications.


Smart City

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Green Deal

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Open Data

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