Johannesburg, 26 October 2021

The engine of the world is energy

The Hatchery, a global incubator for start-up clean tech businesses, is proud to announce that it has reconstituted its board of advisors and welcomed sustainability heavyweight Marianne Hagen to its ranks.

Portrait of Marianne Hagen
Marianne Hagen, previously State Secretary in Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and head of communications at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

The Hatchery, a global incubator for start-up clean tech businesses, is proud to announce that it has reconstituted its Norwegian advisory board and welcomed sustainability heavyweight Marianne Hagen to its ranks.

My vision for The Hatchery is to become a factory for innovators with brilliant ideas!

says the new board member, Marianne Hagen.

The Hatchery strives to find and support entrepreneurs, offering access to hands-on expertise and milestone-based funding so that start-up founders have the capacity to innovate.
The Hatchery’s board in Oslo now includes:

  • Jon Bøhmer (chairman)
  • Marianne Hagen (advisor)
  • Sukhvinder Singh Jhotti (advisor)
  • André Clark-Utvik (advisor)

  • Sustainability Heavyweight

    The inclusion of Hagen to the advisory board adds significant credentials, especially in terms of ensuring that sustainability is central to investments.

    She currently heading up sustainability and communications in the international industrial group Aker Solutions.

    I'm delighted to have Marianne Hagen join The Hatchery advisory board and I look forward to the value she will no doubt add through her vast international experience. Her passion for innovation and development resonates perfectly with our values.

    Says Jon Bøhmer

    Hagen was previously State Secretary in Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and head of communications at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

    She’s acutely aware of the need for sustainable energy solutions and believes that investing in these solutions in less developed parts of the world is critical to solving the crisis that will ultimately threaten us all. This is where she finds common ground with The Hatchery.

    That thinking resonates with what I believe is most important.
    In my view, the engine of the world is energy. The key to a sustainable future is the creation of enough energy in Africa, Asia and other places with huge population growth to enable everyone to thrive.

    Marianne Hagen

    Hagen believes that her position in a global supply company to the energy sector offers her a high-level view, while her role at The Hatchery advisory board gives her the opportunity to feel the pulse at the other end of the scale and to be open to new ideas, solutions, and people.

    She’s excited about being able to take global experiences around regulations, national needs, technology, and engineering and apply those to start-ups. She says there’s commitment and a sense of urgency among global leaders to address these issues and ensure that sustainable jobs are created.

    I love that these are local projects with global potential. My vision is for The Hatchery to become a factory for innovators with brilliant ideas to onboard a fast- track proven route to success and a broad roll-out of their ideas

    Marianne Hagen

    It’s this fresh perspective and broad expertise that Hagen so willingly offers that could make the difference for a start-up requiring guidance. She’s motivated to build momentum from early success and to use that to attract more people to get involved in the start-ups.

    «It’s a train waiting for you at the station, and you can just board that train», said Hagen in describing how she sees The Hatchery model working. «And you just travel through all the steps and arrive at the next station a year later with a proven product and a proven design ready to create jobs».

    Marianne Hagen