Michael Elwood-Smith

Michael Elwood-Smith

Cooperative Member and Director of Loomio Cooperative Limited (New Zealand)

Michael leads customer development and business coordination at Loomio, a software social enterprise. Loomio is a human-centred online place for people to meet together, discuss, decide what to do and take action.

Initially joining Loomio’s board in 2013, Michael now works with the team to develop and grow a sustainable business model and generate social impact globally.

Open source, global scale and with deep cooperative values; Loomio’s mission is to empower people everywhere to make decisions together for a thriving and equitable future. In support of this mission Loomio is building a software tool that people in business and organisations can use day to day to collaborate with co-workers and stakeholders.

An experienced business leader, strategist and lean startup coach; Michael is a mentor and coach for Akina Foundation’s Launchpad programme, co-runs Victoria University's entrepreneur boot-camp programme and mentors emerging startup teams.

Michael began his career as a communications engineer at Telecom New Zealand, worked in the European cable television industry for USA based Scientific Atlanta, led product management at Swiss software startup The Fantastic Corporation, and CEO for NZ satellite communications company NetworkAdvantage. Michael has worked directly with over 20 Wellington startup ventures within Creative HQ’s incubation programme.