Nichelle is a Startup Strategist. As the Scale Director for The Business of Good Foundation, she is responsible for starting, scaling, and sustaining social enterprises in the areas of education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
Since 2007, Nichelle has provided startup advice to thousands of entrepreneurs and startup business owners. Many have gone on to raise millions in early-stage funding. She has been both a funder and a business owner (three-time startup founder), so is uniquely positioned to empathize and understand what entrepreneurs need at the start of their journey. Nichelle has worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, and National League of Cities. As a tech entrepreneur, Nichelle went from an idea to raising $500,000 in 14 months for her own software company, BOLD Guidance. Nichelle has garnered significant national recognition in INC Magazine, FORTUNE, ESSENCE, GLAMOUR, Crain’s, Huffington Post, The White House, Black Enterprise, and SXSW (South by Southwest). She has been recognized as a Black Woman Tech Founder to Watch, Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, and one of Forty Under 40 professionals.
Nichelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master in Public Administration from Baruch College -The City University of New York.