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Hatch appoints new innovation manager

March 4, 2020  By  Nestor Arellano

Tanja Knabenschuh Hoel

Hatch, an early-stage venture capital firm, has appointed a new manager to marshal the company’s efforts in building a stronger presence in the aquaculture space.

Hatch runs an aquaculture accelerator program that seeks out, develop and scale aquaculture start-ups. Beginning this month, Tanja Knabenschuh Hoel will be working as the innovation manager of Hatch.

“She is a great fit for us, an absolute A-Player and brings a skillset as well as vital industry experience like no other,” Hatch posted on the company’s Facebook page yesterday. “We are proud to have her on the team and are looking forward to all the great things to come.”


Hoel’s expertise and strong network in Norway’s salmon industry are key qualities that make her the ideal person to head Hatch’s innovation programs, according to a press release from the company. Hatch said that Hoel’s responsibilities will include heading the company’s government programs and building an advisory and consulting business.

“We want to focus on tying closer bonds with the aquaculture industry,” said Georg Baunach, co-founder and managing partner at Hatch. “Given the importance of the salmon industry, we believe Tanja has the right expertise and network to facilitate Hatch’s global industry connections.”

Before working for Hatch, Hoel was the founder and former director of Norway’s Seafood Innovation Cluster. In that position, she handled various government and corporate programs.

Hoel holds an MSc in marine biology from the University of Bergen and Hawaii Pacific University as well as an executive master’s from Norwegian School of Economics.

“I am so excited to be a part of Hatch. The key to sustainable growth is innovation. Hatch has built an impressive portfolio of cutting-edge entrepreneurs and strong ambitions to be a global player in innovation towards the global aquaculture industry,” Hoel said.

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