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

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Venturenomix works with ambitious people who are seeking to create sustainable impact ventures that can address some of the biggest challenges we face – those defined by the UNSDGs. The company offers consultancy services around strategy, planning and funding for impact ventures. There is a specific focus on grant funding for innovative solutions to big challenges with expertise in securing EU and UK R&D Impact Funding.

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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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Olaf Gerd Gemein


Olaf is an entrepreneur since more than 35 years.


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.


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.

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Mareike Chalkley

Non-exec Director

Mareike is a founder and entrepreneur with success stories to share in multiple sectors including Education (edtech funding, educational programmes & €multi-million development projects), Clean Energy (cleantech funding, software development and renewable energy development) and Consultancy (funding, management and strategy). Her network across the EU opens doors for ventures looking to access partners, funding & new markets. Mareike is excited to be working with ethical, planet-positive entrepreneurial teams. Her knowledge, passion and tenacity will make sure that impact projects happen.


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Smart City

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Open Data

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