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Natasha Main is leaving Peak Startup this month to join nonprofit tech accelerator Exponential Impact.
XI CEO Hannah Parsons said Main will be Exponential Impact’s executive director.
“Exponential Impact is thrilled to be adding Natasha Main as our first Executive Director,” Parsons said in an email to the Business Journal. “The addition of Natasha to the team marks a season of tremendous growth in our programming. Natasha brings a passion for entrepreneurship and economic development that makes her uniquely qualified for this position.”
Parsons said the plan had always been for her to start and build Exponential Impact, then find someone to manage and grow the accelerator. She will still be “very involved” as a board member, she said.
“I look forward to remaining on the Board of XI and continuing to grow the organization, its programs and the startups we support,” Parsons said.
Main, who has been executive director at Peak Startup since June last year, announced the move in an email at noon today.
“With excitement towards the future and gratitude to our startup community, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support during my time with Peak Startup,” Main wrote in the email. “It has been a joy learning alongside you and building our community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and champions together. At the end of the day, Peak Startup has always been for the community, by the community, and I know you all will continue to steward and build our growing startup ecosystem.
“I will wrap up my time with Peak Startup in November — stay tuned for exciting announcements from the Peak Startup board with what comes next for the organization.”
Main said she will “continue to be a champion of our startup community as I transition to Exponential Impact … I will continue to support high-growth entrepreneurs in our community and build bridges to support founders and their teams in making their dreams an economic reality. I’m honored to join the XI team and grateful to the Peak Startup board and the community for your support.”
Focusing on blockchain, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, Exponential Impact has its new “home base” — the 9,000-square-foot XI Venture Center — in the same North Nevada Avenue facility occupied by the National Cybersecurity Center.
Its 14-week accelerator program provides seed funding and holistic leadership development for startups from Colorado Springs and around the world.