Michael Hargadon

What they do: Founder
Where they do it: Hope Robotics
How they contribute: Guest Speaker

Mike has over 25 years’ experience. Mike is a financial services professional turned entrepreneur. After graduating from Florida State University with a Degree in Finance Mike started his career in Investment Banking with Bear Stearns & Co. During his career in banking Mike worked for Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Wachovia, SunTrust, First Miami and Knight Trading as an Analyst, Trader, Vice President, Senior Vice President and COO. Working summer jobs in construction during High School and College Mike fell in love with construction. In 2009 Mike left banking to start a commercial construction company. Shortly thereafter Mike became frustrated by the lack of technology advancements in construction. In an effort to capture a competitive advantage Mike contacted: software companies, hardware companies, robotics manufacturers, automation integrators, prestigious universities and many others. To his amazement no one was leveraging emerging technologies in construction. So he spent the next two years researching a solution and started HOPE Robotics.