My name is Mette Hoberg Tønnesen and I am director of The Link – a new non-profit organization connecting stakeholders to unleash the potential for innovation-driven entrepreneurship across sustainable food, health and cleantech in Central Denmark.
Prior to joining The Link, I have worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representing Denmark on three different contingents. Most recently, I have worked with economic diplomacy and government relations in the Middle East. Before my adventure to the Middle East, my responsibility was to attract foreign companies to Denmark at Invest in Denmark. My career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs started somewhat further away than Denmark, more precisely in New Zealand. Twice I have worked with Danish exports to New Zealand. Most recently as Head of Mission, assisting small and medium sized Danish companies boosing their sales to the markets Down Under.
My passion – collaboration & partnerships
What gets me out of bed is a desire to push development! Look ahead, put new topics on the political agenda, find new solutions for a global challenges, find new markets and partners for Denmark and create exciting collaborations across sectors and borders.
I my world this only happens if we stop reinventing the wheel and allow collaboration and partnerships to lead the way. Have others invented a new and more efficient technology, found a great partner or have research opened new doors, we learn from them, work with them and step into the future together.
The Future will be “linked”?
The goal for The Link is to create a world-class entrepreneurial ecosystem. We believe that effective collaboration is a key component to accelerate entrepreneurship in our region. At The Link we want to connect incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, corporates, public & private entities, investors and knowledge institutions to create the very best framework conditions for entrepreneurship in our region.
Together we can make innovation and entrepreneurship our X-factor. An X-factor that connects the ecosystems across health, sustainable food and cleantech, that enable us to grow into the future and to create global value.
Behind the scene
When work isn’t keeping busy, my lovely family is. I live in Hornslet with my husband Flemming and our two children Emma (14) and Casper (11).