Executive Director , Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Nicola Corzine is currently the Executive Director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs. Serving and supporting the broader ecosystem of Silicon Valley, the Entrepreneurial Center will provide unprecedented mentorship programs that leverage the support of its partner organization, Nasdaq, as home to the world’s most innovative companies and business leaders.
Prior to her current role, Nicola was the Deal Manager for the Band of Angels and a Partner in its most recent seed fund which included such investments as Practice Fusion, Flywheel, nScaled, Niveus Medical, Materna and Estately. During her time at the Band, Nicola created the first open evaluation process for seed stage deals which has since become the industry standard for the majority of angel investment groups. She evaluated over 7,800 deals, resulting in more than 130 investments in 95 unique startups (totaling $30M in seed investment.)
Prior to Band of Angels, she was the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization offering specific programs designed to help entrepreneurs and investors reach their mutual objectives. Nicola developed and implemented over 60 workshops for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, including ‘Startup Training’ and ‘Access Smart Capital’ workshops and organized the first National Angel Capital Association summit with over 150 delegates of national and international angel group leaders. Nicola has a broad background in investor relations and marketing at both startup companies, such as Digital Integrity, and financial institutions, including Credit Suisse First Boston and Fundraising Forum.
Nicola is a frequent speaker on angel investing, technology trends and seed financing at Universities including Stanford and Duke, national conferences and she has been an advisor to several newly emerged angel groups and seed funds.