The Team


The Fledge team includes not just the staff in each city, but also the network of hundreds of mentors who bring their experience and advice to the startups and the network of hundreds of investors who bring all that and capital too.

Managing Directors

Luni Libes

Founder of Fledge
Managing Director,
Fledge Seattle

Luni is a 25+ year serial entrepreneur, founder of six startups; Entrepreneur in Residence and instructor at Presidio Graduate School; and Entrepreneur in Residence Emeritus at the University of Washington’s CoMotion, the center for impact and innovation.

Luni is the author of The Next Step, a series of book and classes guiding entrepreneurs from idea to reality; plus blogger and incessant answerer of entrepreneurs’ questions on Quora.

If the pattern is not obvious, Luni spends most of his waking hours helping entrepreneurs.

Roberto (100x100) Roberto Persivale

Managing Director, Fledge LatAm (Peru)

Roberto started his career in mining and hotels, then in 2001 moved on in to provide guidance, connections, and fundraising for large and small startups in Peru and across Latin America.  Roberto is a partner at Asesorandes, a business consulting firm.

Belarmino Rodríguez

Managing Director, Fledge Barcelona

Belarmino and his team at Barcelona Plataforma Empresarial are a business consulting firm, experts in competitiveness and internationalization, who work to facilitate the internationalization of startups, SMEs, and institutions that require permanent presence in foreign markets, and also to the ones that choose Barcelona as a strategic and operational platform for its development project in Spain or Europe.

Alessandro Leonardi

Director of the ECOSTAR Nature-Accelerator

Alessandro is the Managing Director and co-founder of ETIFOR, a consulting firm on environmental and climate change economics and development. He holds a PhD in environmental economics, is a Project Manager at University of Padua (Italy) and consultant for United Nation Economic Commission for Europe. Since 2015, Alessandro manages the ECOSTAR | Natural Talents initiative, a partnership among universities and environmental business across EU and USA, including Fledge.

Keith Ippel

Co-founder and CEO, Spring Activator

With over 20 years experience as a leader in technology and impact businesses, Keith has accelerated the growth of both small and large companies, launched new products, and raised over $20M in angel and venture capital. He has an unparalleled ability to collaborate with entrepreneurs, employees, and investors to deliver amazing products to the market. A speaker, advisory, and ecosystem developer, Keith is passionate about creating opportunities that previously did not exist for people.


Fledge was inspired into existence by Brian Howe, sustainable attorney and co-founder of Impact Hub Seattle, with help by Rashmir Balasubramaniam, founder of Nsansa.

Advising Fledge is an amazing group of individuals, including Will Poole and Dave Richards, co-founders of Unitus Seed Fund and Capria; Tom Huseby founder of Seapoint Ventures; and Gifford Pinchot III, founder of The Bainbridge Graduate Institute.


Advising the fledglings are a (growing) network of over 650 mentors.  This group includes people who have built successful startups, some of which who have subsequently retired, and others who can’t stop and are working on their next business plan.  This group also includes many individuals who wouldn’t dare be a founder, but who have deep knowledge useful to founders, in marketing, sales, finance, and fundraising.

It takes a tremendous breadth of knowledge to be a startup founder.  Sometimes what you need is a speech coach, or someone who can teach you improv.  Someone to help you with a great company name.  Someone who “carries a bag” and closes sales for a living.  Or a professional investor, to teach you the in’s and out’s of raising capital.  Or a banker, or lawyer, or CFO for hire.

While some accelerators aim to impress with a list of famous mentors, we aim for breadth and depth of knowledge, quality of advice, and we aim to smother our participants with more guidance than they ever imagined possible.

If you fit this mold and would like to be added to this list, please contact us.

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