Billy Hagstrom
CEO / Co-Founder
Billy Hagstrom

Billy Hagstrom previously served as Executive Vice President of Strategy & Development for Green Plains, Inc. Prior to moving to Omaha in 2021, Billy served as Chief Executive Officer of Cannalysis. Previously, Hagstrom was a Managing Director at Highbridge Capital Management. He started in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, focused on Natural Resources & Infrastructure. Billy earned his BA in Economics from Northwestern University. Hagstrom earned his BA in Economics from Northwestern University and brings more than a decade of asset management and investment banking experience to Nebraska. Since then, he developed a strong interest in biomanufacturing and global sustainability after studying the market potential of industrial synthetic biology. This occurred during a time when emerging trends in corporate social responsibility began to pay greater attention to how advances in biotechnological manufacturing have the potential to preserve resources and the environment. In January 2022, Hagstrom co-founded Bluestem Biosciences, Inc. with Tyler Autera. Aware of the potential for expansion in the bioeconomy in Nebraska, he launched Bluestem to promote sustainable biomanufacturing in the Midwest. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of this firm, which is headquartered in Omaha.