I design and deliver startup education programmes, focusing on practical education and peer-support approaches.

I live in Sofia, Bulgaria, but my work often takes me to London, where I lived for 10 years, and around Africa.

You can contact me at smile@saintsal.com and stay in touch by getting my posts and essays by email.

Startup Education

I've designed curricula and taught at some of the world's best-regarded universities, like Oxford and UCL, and with some diverse accelerator programmes. I've worked with the top names like Seedcamp, and also pushed startup education into new areas with Creative Accelerator and Green tech with ClimateKIC Recently, I ran The Africa Prize for The Royal Academy Of Engineering, which brings hard tech like nanotechnology water filters to African markets.

Organisations I've Started

I started Founder Centric, an education design firm known for its no-nonsense approach to improving startup education in Europe.

I'm the founder of Leancamp, which has run in 15 cities and is now spreading to all continents. It brought Lean Startup to Europe in 2010, and connected it globally to Business Model Generation and User Experience Design.

Also, Village Accelerator, rethinking technology accelerators for aspiring entrepreneurs from the poorest communities in the world. We've started with the Roma people in Eastern Europe.

These non-profit programmes, and others which aim to improve startup education with various peer-to-peer methods, are being brought under a single umbrella: Source Foundation.

Are you really a saint?

No, but I try to be helpful. If you're wondering about the "Saint" in the SaintSal moniker, it's a reference to Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, a film where the protagonist - Jimmy The Saint - must achieve his life's ambitions in a weekend.


To get a sense of how I can help, here are a few guides I've researched and written:


For a sense of my worldview and mission, here are the more salient essays I've written: I blog and write all over the web. You can subscribe to my writing via email.

Tools I've Created