Nicola Corzine, Executive Director
Nicola Corzine serves as the 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. In its first two years of operations, the Center has enabled over 7,500 entrepreneurs from 68 countries to receive quality education, resources and mentoring to propel their businesses and ensure global economic advancement.
Nicola brings over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, 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 which includes investments in Practice Fusion, Niveus Medical, and Flywheel, one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry. 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.
Prior to Band of Angels, Nicola was the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization that delivered education to both entrepreneurs and investors to enable them to reach their mutual objectives. 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 at Universities including Stanford, Wharton and Duke, national conferences, including IEEE Women in Engineering, NVCA and Innovation Enterprise, and has served as a formation advisor to several regional and international angel groups and seed funds.
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Cristina Tramutola, Vice President of Operations
As Vice President of Operations, Cristina is responsible for improving and executing strategies that support how the Center delivers world class training, resources, and mentorship to entrepreneurs. A right- and left-brained problem solver, Cristina is constantly making connections across our organization to help our team, partners, and sponsors be successful. Cristina also oversees our 13,000-square-foot facility, which hosts programs daily in our event, classroom, and studio spaces. Prior to joining the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, Cristina spent 3 years as the Director of Private Events at Cloud Catering in New York City, served as Assistant Producer on multiple Food Network and Cooking Channel shows, and was Personal Assistant to Bobby Flay. She holds a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts from The French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center) and a BA in Government from Skidmore College.
VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGY
Celena Aponte, Vice President of Strategy
A problem solver and strategist, Celena is constantly looking at creative ways to help organizations build products and solutions that emphasize learning.
Celena brings over 10 years of international brand development experience. She began her career as a PR director managing musicians, actors, and supermodels. She went on to become a data strategist at Cisco, where she organized big data teams to build marketing solutions based on customer behaviors. More recently, teaching Creativity and Innovation at San Francisco State University has kept her constantly curious and focused on building transformational learning experiences. At the dinner table, you’ll hear her talking about her love of ‘90s fashion, Italy, and design.
Center Advisory Board
The Center Advisory Board consists of entrepreneurs and industry experts who provide counsel, identify opportunities and help us build resources for the Center’s growth.