Nicole Glaros joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Denver Branch Board of Directors in 2019. She previously served on the Tenth District Economic Advisory Council.
Ms. Glaros is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs for over 15 years. While earning her master’s degree at the University of Florida, she co-founded a tech startup that retailed products to the property management industry.
She took her learnings of how to scale and applied it to CTEK, an incubator in Colorado supporting tech startups in 2002 and helped grow CTEK from one to five offices across the state. Most recently, she is the Chief Investment Strategy Officer at Techstars - a global network and investor in early-stage web software startups. Prior to her current position within the company, she also served as managing director, chief innovation officer and partner. During her tenure, Techstars has grown from one office in Boulder, Colorado to 45 investment offices in 18 cities worldwide, hosting events in over 500 cities globally, with approximately $500 million in capital under management, and more than 2000 companies in the portfolio collectively worth over $7 billion. Through Techstars, Ms. Glaros has invested in over 100 startups, most of which she still supports today.
In addition to her role at Techstars, Ms. Glaros is also on the board of directors for Pana, GreatHorn, Smart Vision Labs and the Leeds Board of Alumni and Friends at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Previously, she served on the boards of Simple Energy, the Application Developer’s Alliance, and Pledge1Percent Colorado. She was named one of the Coolest People in New York Tech and an Extraordinary Woman in New York Tech by Business Insider, Marie Claire named her one of the New Guard, and Entrepreneur Magazine named her One of the Most 7 Powerful Women to watch. She has been featured on CNBC, Inc.com, and Huffington Post, and her talks have been featured at SXSW, TEDx, WebSummit, Pioneers Festival, Arctic festival, the University of Colorado, Real Leaders, @WomenatForbes Mentoring Moments and more.
Ms. Glaros is a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate and has been a competitive swimmer, triathlete, and boxer.
When not working with startups, Ms. Glaros enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, hiking, biking, skiing, and reading.