Meet Michell, our New Tech Lead & Support

Michell Hanna is responsible for giving support to our team in everything related to tech, with a special focus on data analytics and visualization.

“It feels great to be a part of Ignite Sweden and SISP Swedish Incubators & Science Parks. It is probably the most down-to-earth and welcoming organization I have ever been a part of,” says Michell.

He defines our initiative as a mission-driven non-profit organization that really lives up to its name. “What I like the most is working with a lot of intelligent people who have the common goal of making the Swedish Innovation System thrive,” he adds.

His Entrepreneurial Journey

Michell is currently in the fourth year of civil engineering at Örebro University. His area of expertise is industrial engineering and management.

Together with two friends from university, he runs a recruitment tech company called Essentiq that helps recruiters save time by providing fast and cost-effective candidate search.

“I started Essentiq in early 2020. This is actually my third entrepreneurial endeavor and it has been the one that has impacted me the most as a person and an entrepreneur. It has been a great journey between the three founders. We have learned a lot about business, life and teamwork,” he explains.

His company is now in the process of hiring three consultants. “This has always been one of my goals, to create jobs for people. Our journey has been a rough road, but considering that we are three co-founders with the same challenges, tackling those challenges has been a breeze.”

Michell thinks that working for Ignite has also helped him a lot in his entrepreneurial journey.

“I have learned a lot about how Sweden’s infrastructure for entrepreneurs works and how both startups and corporations think. SISP as an employer encourages entrepreneurial endeavors which have been a great thing for me,” shares Michell.

Behind the Scenes at our Digital Matchmakings

Michell was one of the tech experts behind the scenes during the matchmaking sessions held at Sweden Innovation Days, where 79 leading international corporations met 248 startups from 10 countries in nearly 500 curated matchmaking meetings.

“I absolutely loved how it all turned out. I was mostly in the background, securing that the sessions went smoothly. I got to see the team work like there was no tomorrow and I really enjoyed it. We did everything we could to make sure both the startups and the corporations had good, productive meetings where they could find synergies and create magic,” says Michell.

After his experience in these sessions, he will now be our “Zoom Master” in most of the matchmaking events we hold during the spring.

“I look forward to the upcoming matchmaking events. I see all the hard work the team is doing in the preparation and I am eager to be one of the people that will realize their work on the matchmaking days. The most amazing part about it is that a few mouse clicks on a digital matchmaking can lead to big collaborations and deals,” he concludes.

Welcome to the team, Michell!

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