Michelle E. Messina is CEO of the international consulting and advisory firm, Explora International LLC, focused on accelerating entrepreneurs and their companies, while developing sustainable ecosystems worldwide. As a serial entrepreneur and consultant, Michelle leverages a strong revenue and operational background, and the best practices of Silicon Valley, to help companies develop sensible strategies and viable tactical plans. She has deep experience with corporate and government startup acceleration programs designed to help companies find repeatable business models and leveraging the best practices of Silicon Valley. During the past 6 years, Michelle has assessed 1000’s of startups in more than 25 countries around the world, including post-war and transitional economies.
Michelle is a sought-after speaker and travels regularly supporting public private partnerships benefitting SME’s, women, and entrepreneurs. She speaks on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, business acceleration, market readiness, technology commercialization, regional development and ecosystem enhancement. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Michelle is on the Board of LatinaVIDA, Innovation Center Denmark Silicon Valley and the ConnectiMass Foundation of Jamaica. She also mentors companies with Endeavor Global and Telefonica’s Wayra Academies.