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Become a better Leader with clarity in your vision, confidence in your actions, and calmness in your mind

My name is Manuel Koelman [kuːlman]. I am an entrepreneur, investor, and leadership whisperer. I help Leaders to grow their business by growing themselves.

Leaders get direct access to me, my know-how and experience of 15+ years building, running and investing in companies, as well as to the PIRATE network.

In the last years I have been sparring partner to more than 100 Leaders from corporates, startups and organizations. Read what they say about working with me.

Currently, I spend 50% of my time with the Leaders of my portfolio companies. The other 50% I spend with ambitious Leaders that are on the journey to build and grow meaningful businesses. And themselves.


Every now and again leading a company becomes overwhelming. Are we working on the right things? Did I choose the right strategy? How can we beat the competition? What can we do to transform faster? How to motivate the team?

Next to the more obvious business questions, some more personal questions are often nagging below the surface. Why am I doing this and what for? Is this what I want to be doing in the next years? I feel like in a rat race and don’t know how to escape. How do I grow, transform and build a life of meaning?

It can be a lonely journey. As a Leader it is hard to find somebody to trust and to speak with openly. And yet there is hardly anything more effective than taking moments of reflection, structure the challenges and prioritize well.

My job is to help you see clearly, navigate the ups and downs and find the best way forward. I am your sparring partner, not a consultant. So rather than selling fish, I will help make sure that you know how to catch fish and become the best fisherman you can possibly be. 



I am an entrepreneur at heart, and that is deeply reflected in how I work. To me results and outcomes are more important than pretty slides or the amount of time spent. Therefore, my focus will be on what is feasible and effective. Usually, that means to reduce complexity, prioritize and focus.

My feedbacks and reflections are straight-forward, clear and direct. But always from the heart. My aim is not to be right, but to create better outcomes.

Every company is unique and I always work context-specific and consider the individual company setup and market. Wherever you are, there is always a next step on the way forward. I work with you to find that path and start walking.

Moving forward means change. And it’s often a painful process. I consider organizations to be complex social systems that cannot be deterministically formed but purposefully changed. It requires a leader that strives for results yet doesn’t forget the process, thoughtful yet determined. I will help you balance well.


  • Leaders that want to grow and become the best leader they can possibly be
  • Leaders that have to lead through a digital transformation
  • Leaders that want to find the best digital strategy and innovate faster
  • Leaders that have extremely ambitious growth targets and need to scale fast


  • A structured and practice-oriented approach to reach your objectives
  • Unfiltered feedback and sparring on the topics that matter most to you
  • Somebody that holds you accountable to your objectives
  • Access to a super strong network of startups, investors and entrepreneurs

I work on a fixed monthly fee basis. You can cancel anytime.


Strategy, tactics and tools are super helpful. But that’s not enough to become a great leader. Working with me means to be radically honest with yourself.

By learning to better understand yourself, you will get closer to your truest self. When you can lead yourself better, you will become a better leader for others. Consequently, you will find more fulfillment in your work and your relationships.

One way of connecting with your truest self is to pause for a moment. It’s scary, as when we stand still, we run the risk of remembering who we are. When we stop pretending that we’ve got it all figured out, we run the risk of confronting our deepest fears. Our insecurities. The running prevents us from being ourselves. From being in balance.

At this moment of stillness, ask yourself: How are you complicit in creating the things you want to avoid in your life?


Coaching only works when there is trust. Let’s get to know each other first in a free consultation session.

Please bring the main topic or current challenge you want to talk about, so we can dive right in. Also, I will answer all the questions you might have about working with me.

The first session is entirely free and 100% confidential.

Do you want your work to be more focused and meaningful?

Get in contact.