Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial CenterNorth America
Nicola is the founding Executive Director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a non-profit that delivers world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. As Executive Director, Nicola is responsible for strategic and operational leadership that help drive research, programing, fundraising, and operations for the organization. Nicola has over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought leadership programming experience, most recently in her role as Deal Manager for the Band of Angels, a position held since 2004 as well as Investment Partner in the 2009 Acorn fund. During her time at the Band, she was as an early advisor to Startup America and led the development of the first national and regional Angel Capital Association conferences. Before Band of Angels, she was part of three startup companies in the US and UK. Nicola is a frequent speaker on angel investing, technology trends and seed financing and has served as a formation advisor to several regional and international angel groups and seed funds.
It is exceptionally inspiring and humbling to see so many global innovators designing solutions that can positively impact our world for the better!