Natalia Olson-Urtecho

Director & Partner, Startup Sherpas & Rapid Scale VC

Speaker Bio

Natalia Olson-Urtecho is a serial entrepreneur, public policy expert & investor working in Europe, Middle East, LATAM, Asia and the U.S.A. She is an expert in smart cities, economic development, technology, venture capital, education and government. She is currently partner at Rapid Scale VC and the Director of Government & Growth at Startup Sherpas. She was appointed to the U.S. Innovation Advisory Board to advise Congress and the White House on competitiveness and innovation. She served in the Obama Administration as the SBA Regional Administrator managing 34 billion dollars yearly. She has been honored with numerous prestigious awards such as Woman of Distinction for her work in sustainable infrastructure, the green economy,  entrepreneurship and women empowerment globally.