Michelle Messina

Michelle Messina


Entrepreneur | Author | Speaker | Startup Investor

Decoding Silicon Valley’s best practices for entrepreneurs, governments, students and investors around the world:
1) Catalyzing entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide
2) Helping start-ups find repeatable, scalable & sustainable business models;
3) Teaching startup portfolio management best practices to non-US investors;

I particularly like emerging markets, transitional economies and white space opportunities. Over the past 8 years, I have traveled to more than 60 countries, listened to 1000’s of company pitches, and coached many entrepreneurs including those at San Quentin State Prison. I’ve helped companies refine their message that won them coveted awards, positions at leading accelerators (500 Startups), and in one case, being acquired by one of the world’s largest corporations, Rakuten.

Interested in serving and supporting entrepreneurs, innovation ecosystems, women entrepreneurs, foreign direct investments (FDI), and economic development programs.