Nicole is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs for over 15 years. Most recently, she is the Chief Investment Strategy Officer at Techstars – a global network and investor in early-stage web software startups. She’s been with the company since it’s earliest days, helping build the company around her and rising through from a Managing Director to Chief Innovation Officer and Partner. She has been instrumental in its growth from one office in Boulder, CO to a global powerhouse, featuring 45 investment offices in 18 cities worldwide, events in over 500 cities globally, with ~ $500M in capital under management, more than 2000 companies in the portfolio collectively worth over $7B. Through Techstars she’s invested in over 100 startups, most of which she still supports to this day.