Uri Gonda is a startup coach and institutional innovation architect who has coached over 1,200 startup founders, corporate intrapreneurs and their teams creating more than $850M in business value.
As senior Entrepreneur in Residence at Citi Ventures, Uri led the coaching curriculum for Citigroup’s D10XSM incubator, setting up a permanent capability to support 100 startups founded by intrapreneurs from Citi’s +200K employees globally, across the consumer bank and institutional clients group, that serve 200M customer accounts in 160 countries and facilitate +$3 trillion in financial flows.
Within D10XSM he coached Proxymity from concept through launch, which was later spun out with $20M of investment from JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, BNY Mellon, Computershare, Clearstream and State Street.
As Entrepreneur in Residence at Wayra, Telefónica–O2’s network of startup accelerators, Uri has coached startups across the UK portfolio (of 194 companies valued at +$1.1 billion) and been part of all programmes including the flagship London programme, NCSC Cyber Accelerator (in partnership with GCHQ), Health Hub (MSD-Merck, Novartis), Intelligent Mobility (Hyundai, Network Rail, Ferrovial, Stagecoach), Scaleups (Innogy) and the AI & Blockchain Accelerator (University of Edinburgh, Cisco).
He has mentored startups in numerous other programmes including the Techstars’ Barclays FinTech Accelerator, MassChallenge and other accelerators globally, and has been a guest lecturer at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School and Oxford University’s Incubator.
Uri coaches founders and teams on scaling from seed through growth (2-200 employees), working with managers and leaders to accelerate commercial outcomes (e.g. reducing sales cycles from 18 to 9 months) and growth milestones (e.g. 15X pipeline, +$10M funding, strategic hiring) and support rapid growth and transformation in their teams (OKRs, culture, execution).
Earlier in life, Uri served as VP Marketing for Ceedo, a virtualisation software company (funded by Intel Capital), and as Entrepreneur in Residence at Tzina, an international broadcast media group, where he built and managed consumer and enterprise products that shipped in the millions worldwide, across industries spanning enterprise software, web services, consumer electronics and broadcast television.