Heather Holst-Knudsen is the CEO & Founder of HatchPad, a social learning network and collaboration platform that enables young business enthusiasts and entrepreneurs ages 13 to 25 to learn how to start, fund and run a business starting from idea all the way to prototype, company funding and go-to-market strategies, anytime anywhere.
Holst-Knudsen is also founder and Chairman of the Board of KidBacker Foundation for Entrepreneurship, a 501c3, that offers business grants and academic scholarships to young entrepreneurs ages 10 to 25.
An avid entrepreneur and intrapreneur, Holst-Knudsen has founded and led multiple business units for large organizations. She is founder and former President of Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, a B2B media platform that connected CXOs in manufacturing with senior-level leaders in technology around the world. Prior to Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, Heather was Founder and President of Managing Automation Media and TechMatch Solutions, all divisions of Thomas Publishing Company in New York, City.
Holst-Knudsen has been a trusted advisor to many top manufacturing and technology organizations including Cisco, AT&T, Google, SAP, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Ford, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive and more. She has 25 years of B2B media experience, is a veteran digital media expert, and has been in a C-level leadership role for over 20 years.
Holst-Knudsen has an SBLL from Georgetown University, Washington, DC and a Masters in Publishing from New York University, New York, NY.