The SSAP Europe team

The Sony Startup Acceleration Program (SSAP) Europe team consists of a group of professionals who are passionate about guiding and supporting startups from ideation, business acceleration to business launch.

Anders Ahlgren

Head of SSAP Europe, management

Anders is always positive and is constantly evolving SSAP Europe’s activities and collaborations, together with the team.

Alison Francis

Workshop facilitation, communications, events, team development

Alison facilitates all types of innovation activities and likes nothing better than helping innovators to be creative. Her background in Work Psychology makes her the ideal person to support you and your team.

Olle Landegren

Management, coordination, events, business coaching

Olle coordinates all of SSAP Europe’s activities and has an eye for good businesses even in the early stages. He also coaches startups to be their best.

Evert Nilsson

Workshop facilitation, program development, operations

Evert is passionate about ideation and developing early-stage startups. His sharp insights will challenge you and move your startup forward.

Marie Olsson

Administration, events

Marie is always there when you need her for support with a tricky administration issue.

Jernej Dekleva

Workshops, program development, mentoring

Jernej brings a wealth of startup experience having run various corporate innovation programs. He works to help Sony explore new technology, business models and trends.

Tomoyuki Sumita

Sumita brings a wealth of corporate institutional knowledge with over 25 years of experience working for Sony. He is SSAP Europe’s strong connection to the Sony organization in Tokyo, Japan.

Gustaf Åkerman

Venture scouting and evaluation, investments

Gustaf is tireless in his efforts to bring in the best early-stage startups to SSAP Europe and will support you all the way through your time with us.

Rodrigo Terra Rios

Workshop facilitation, program development, business mentoring

Rodrigo (Rodde) is always on the lookout for new connections and will make sure you meet everyone you need to inside and outside of Sony.

Mathias Jensen

Workshop facilitation, program development, idea guy

Mathias will always find a new angle when you’re struggling with a problem. His creativity also comes to the fore when designing and facilitating workshops.

Branden Valente

Communications, interviews and message development

Branden works as a communicator with the SSAP Europe team helping to tell its story and provide support reaching out to new startups and founders.