We love driving impact, as startup owners in Africa we know that the right grant can make a difference.

Sijmen Weesie

Sijmen, the CEO at Scaling International, brings six years of specialized experience in fundraising within the African business landscape. As an expert in grant writing, strategic advising, and e-commerce, Sijmen has successfully helped African startups and NGOs secure crucial funding. He excels at building international partnerships that drive growth and create significant impact in Africa’s dynamic markets.

Néné Barry

In addition to her position at Witteveen + Bos, Néné Barry operates as business advisor at Scaling International. Seasoned through her work experiences in Africa and the Netherlands, she is specialised in maximising succes in the African market. With a record of managing international teams in driving strategic growth.

Niels Van Den Bosch

With a professional background in agriculture and socio-economic research, Niels has worked across Africa. Predominantly on market analysis, business strategies and commercialization. Most recently he worked in Nigeria for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture where he conducted an in-depth study on scaling-up a biocontrol product that reduces aflatoxin-contamination.

Erik Grunther

Erik Grunther, the co-founder of Scaling International, is a specialist in West African markets with over 10 years of commercial experience in Africa, China, and France. Erik excels in energy project management, establishing efficient teams, and managing international large-scale projects and commercial developments. His extensive experience in these areas makes him a key asset in driving Scaling International’s mission to support African startups and NGOs.

Kingsley Stephen Owino

With extended experience in the field of pay-go energy and WASH product distribution. In addition to his role as head of operations for Azuri technologies and RUH solar, he has vast experience in customer support, warehouse management, and field operations. Professional background in Economics.

Tim Jan Huldman

Senior consultant. With commercial fundraising experience in Ghana and Indonesia, he is currently based in the Netherlands. He is an expert in supporting in international development projects to improve current processes, and knows how grants match the needs of a company. Enthusiastic for access to sustainable agriculture, social impact, and efficiency.