The team of Wootsch & Partners include well-experienced proposal writers,project coordinators, project managers and innovation experts with outstanding track record in fundraising as well as highly qualified (PhD and MSc) researchers and engineers.

Managing Partners


Attila is an experienced company leader and project manager of R&D projects, mainly in the field of chemistry, renewable energy and agriculture, furthermore he is an accredited Executive Coach. From the beginning of his carrier, he has 10 years of experience as researcher, he worked first for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and completed several fellowships, including post-doctoral work at Université de Poitiers in France, visiting scientist at MIT, Boston (USA), Firtz-Haber Institute, Berlin (Germany). He is expert in heterogenous catalysis, reactor design and engineering, hydrogen production, as well as synthesis of nano-particles. Attila headed the chemistry group at ThalesNano Inc for 3 years, he managed research projects for large pharmaceutical companies (such as Sanofi-Aventis, Bayern, GSK), contributed to reactor development and led the catalyst production department.
Attila has 7 years of experience with research and development projects funded by the European Commission framework programs, FP7 and H2020, respectively. He worked as head of project management at Invention and Research Centre and was the regional director of Ateknea Solutions Hungary for 2 years. Attila’s references include 51 publications in peer reviewed journals, one international and two Hungarian patent applications. He personally managed 13 EU funded projects with more than 20 million euros budget in total.
Attila holds PhD in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest and MSc in economics from Corvinus University.


István has extensive experience in advising small- and medium sized enterprises, start-ups, NGOs and academia in the entire cycle of research, development and commercialisation. In the past years, he has worked together with companies active in fields as diverse as ICT, eco-innovation, energy, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, security, transport and biotechnology. In addition to his experience in market research, strategic planning and innovation communication; István brings a good understanding of the economic, political and policy environment of R&D and innovation to Wootsch & Partners.

Before co-founding Wootsch & Partners; István led a team of innovation-, project- and proposal management professionals advising on R&D and innovation projects of small- and medium sized enterprises at Ateknea Solutions. Focusing on the SME Instrument programme of the European Commission; his team secured funding for 14 companies in the first year of the programme alone. Besides innovation management consultancy, István has hands-on experience working as Chief Commercial Officer at technological start-ups. He also provides pro bono consultancy for non-profits active in the fields of services for people with disabilities; culture, education and human rights

István holds an MSc in Business & Economics from the University of Pécs; and studied at the Central European University and the Aarhus School of Business as well.






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