Meet Melisa Ellis, Founder of Nobellum Enterprise, a tech company designed to build up the next generation of STEM professionals. A priority objective of the Nobellum Innovator Program is to support at least 100 Black-led STEM start-ups by 2025 by providing funding, mentorship, and resources.
Melisa Ellis: Community-Builder & Change-Maker
Melisa Ellis is a remarkable entrepreneur and community builder who has made it her mission to inspire and support the next generation of STEM professionals, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds. Her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is evident in the initiatives she leads, such as the Nobellum Innovator Program at the University of Toronto Chapter. This program, launched in partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, aims to support the start-up of at least 100 Black-led businesses in STEM by 2025. Through the program, Melisa and her team provide start-ups with funding, mentorship, and resources to help them grow and scale their businesses.
Melisa’s software engineering and project management expertise has proven invaluable in her work as a change-maker. For example, she has successfully led the technical implementation of a multi-million-dollar robotics facility that produces digital billboard signs for Media Resources Inc. Melisa is a frequent panellist and speaker at events focused on supporting women entrepreneurs and increasing diversity in the tech industry.
Impact of Ellis’ Work on the Black Tech Community
The Nobellum Innovator Program best exemplifies Melisa’s passion for community-building. This program, which Melisa launched in 2022, aims to provide support and funding to Black-led start-ups in STEM. The program has already helped 10 businesses get off the ground, and Melisa is committed to supporting these entrepreneurs as they grow and scale their businesses.
Melisa Ellis is a true community builder and change-maker. Her dedication to supporting Black-led businesses in STEM is helping to create a more inclusive and diverse tech industry, and her leadership and expertise inspire many. We’re proud to recognize Melisa as the BMO Black Tech Community Builder of the Year, and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next.
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About Obsidi By BPTN Awards
The Obsidi By BPTN Awards, presented by BMO, is an annual event that celebrates and recognizes the excellence of Black professionals in the technology industry. The awards aim to inspire future generations of Black tech professionals and encourage organizations to foster diverse and inclusive workplaces.
This award recognizes a seasoned Black entrepreneur who has started and developed a successful North American technology business or start-up in the past three years. The award recipient has positively impacted the technology industry, and their contributions have pushed the boundaries in terms of innovation.
Melisa Ellis has been awarded the BMO Black Tech Community Builder of the Year for her dedication to inspiring a new generation of STEM professionals and leading initiatives that support the start-up of at least 100 Black-led businesses in STEM by 2025.