We’re on a mission to boost tech & green skills and employability.
Our programs bring together startups, nonprofits, and subject matter experts to propel careers and drive impact.
Specializing in technology and social impact internships and volunteering, we offer the chance to get experience across over 15 sectors and 20 different roles.
Previous placements include artificial intelligence, coral reef conservation, fintech, healthtech, sustainable fashion, biomedical engineering, and design roles in the electric vehicle sector.
Whether you want to work in technology, experience nonprofits, learn to code, or get experience working in conservation, we’ve got a program for you.
Meet the team
As well as running Start Me Up, I’m an advisor to startups and nonprofits and a trained LinkedIn profile and resume/CV writer.
Before Start Me Up, I worked as a professional writer for over 10 years and my writing has appeared in The Times, Fast Company, and The Telegraph (UK). I’ve also been hired to write for some of the world’s biggest companies (Bank of America, NYSE, and PwC).
More recently, I’ve been an entrepreneurship workshop facilitator and coach for Techstars Startup Weekends. My interests include social innovation, technology, and design research and I hold a degree from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.
Head of Social Impact Projects
Maria is head of social impact projects at Start Me Up. She’s also the Co-founder and Partnership Strategist of E.thical (Yayasan Pratisara Bumi Lestari), which runs entrepreneurship education programs for young people in peripheral areas in Indonesia.
Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city, she’s worked in social innovation, startups and economic empowerment. She’s a community leader for one of the world’s well-known venture capitals, Techstars, in Asia Pacific and she’s organized Startup Weekend Bali six times.
Maria’s also a design sprint facilitator at 1000 Startup Digital Indonesia and her previous experience includes managing public-private partnerships, as well as technical cooperation in government to government projects.
Community & Content
Vitto has worked in communications and community and management for over seven years. He’s participated in numerous Techstars startup weekends, worked for some of Bali’s top co-working spaces and speaks four languages (English, Dutch, Indonesian and Moluccas)
At Start Me Up, he’s in charge of helping us connect more people through events, internships and social media.
Henry is heading up Start Me Up’s brand ambassador program while studying a BSc in Economics at the University of Bath in the UK.
He has also completed two Start Me Up internships, one in Bali and one 100% remotely, one in data analysis and the other in business development.
In his spare time, Henry likes cycling, rugby, traveling and underwater diving.
Marketing and Analytics
Tim is in charge of marketing and analytics for Start Me Up. He has over ten years of experience working in marketing and has worked with (and for) a range of organizations, including Shelter, one of the biggest charities in the UK.
One of the best things about our programs is getting access to our wider network of mentors. From UX and programming to marketing and e-commerce, our mentors help participants achieve their professional and personal goals.
Rosanna is a Dutch/ Portuguese Online Marketing Consultant. She specializes in launching and running Affiliate programs. She’s done so for the past 10 years for brands like Vistaprint, Tommy Hilfiger, Uniqlo, UGG, Rover Island, and many more. She also specializes in Paid Search.
Specialism: Data Science and AI
Ahmed is a data scientist and PhD candidate specialising in big data and policy evaluation.
He runs his own training and consulting company and regularly teaches machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Specialism: Remote Work Skills | Future of Work
Lavinia is a future of work enthusiast and the Managing Partner at Livit International, a support ecosystem for entrepreneurs and startup teams.
Livit offers consultancy & training on how to build high performance, remote-capable teams (internationally) and business support services
Her professional and personal experiences span four continents, 40+ countries and several different industries.
Specialism: Service & Business Model Design | Strategist
Tony is particularly good at innovation methodologies. He can assist with service design, business model generation, business plan and pitch deck writing. Tony has over 15 years of work experience in Transaction and Corporate Banking acquired across Europe and Asia, with core competencies in strategy, innovation, corporate development (M&A) and product management. He has also built and nurtured an open innovation ecosystem made of startups, incubators, labs and digital agencies. He currently volunteers for a French social business incubator, where he nurtures a community of changemakers. He also advises a circular economy startup on their business model, business plan and product roadmap. He holds a B.A. in translation (English-Russian) and an MBA from INSEAD
Specialism: Data Analysis and Visualization
Robert worked as a supply chain consultant before switching into information management and analytics consulting for Slalom Consulting in San Francisco.
Robert has worked across the entire data visualization pipeline but he now specializes in data analysis and visualization. From SQL stored procedures to dashboards, he’s worked for the likes of Charles Schwab, Pinterest, Sephora and The Gap.
Specialism: Web development
Charlo runs a Paris-based studio with a distributed team. He designs and builds websites, webapps, and makes webdocumentaries aimed at discovering people and places.
He’s a seasoned designer and fullstack developer and also a former external lecturer at ESSEC Business school.
Specialism: Content and SEO
Whitney has been working in digital marketing for over 5 years. With a copywriting background, she has a strong focus on holistic content creation and how it fits within the overall digital strategy. Since college, she’s developed a strong technical proficiency, teaching herself HTML, CSS, JS, JSON-LD, etc., to ensure that sites are technically sound. She specializes in working within agencies (GroupM, Havas, Omnicom) and developing strong collaborative working relationships with internal teams, agency partners, and vendors. Previous clients include GSK, Jaguar Land Rover, DISH Network, P & G, Pfizer, Lindt, and Tresseme. Outside of work, she loves to travel, surf, boulder, and chill with her corgi, Nugget.
Specialism: Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Jonny has over ten years of experience in startups. After graduating from Durham University (in Economics and Philosophy) Jonny sold his student side-gig Alakazam, an iPhone app for spontaneous flight search. Shortly afterwards he co-founded Maptia – a living archive inspiring and impactful stories from around the world – with two close friends from university. Their startup adventure took him from Start Up Chile in Santiago, to TechStars in Seattle. Along the way, he has worked and lived nomadically. After that he went on to lead the Escape the City Startup Tribes in London and head up growth at Litographs. More recently, he’s also been developing Start Me Up’s new Future Skills Literacy Curriculum.
Specialism: Content marketing | Social media | Strategist
Shannon Doubleday is the Global Lead for Commercial Social Media at Bloomberg Media, where she develops and manages social media commercialization and native advertising strategies. She previously held positions related to creating useful content marketing strategies at Euromoney PLC and CBS Interactive, but started her career with her nose in books. Based in New York after over a decade in London, she can be found perfecting her balcony-gardening skills and running around the city with her puppy Goose and her other half Nick. She’s really good at strategy, twitter, automation, content creation and all things social media!