Nicole Washington

Director of Innovation and Growth

OCTANe

Nicole Washington, M.S., owner of Micro Biz Coach®, works with micro and small business owners to identify strategies that ensure a successful business start-up or boost a veteran business owner’s bottom line. Its clients have been featured on CNBC, Fox Business News, TheStreet.com and a host of Clear Channel radio stations. Nicole has nearly 20 years of systems integration experience, including systems implementation, design and programming from her previous career with Ernst & Young, Whittman Hart and March First management consulting firms. As a management consultant, she worked with several Fortune 500 clients including Sprint, Williams Corporation and Nationwide Insurance.

Nicole is also the founder and CEO of Nicole’s Naturals® Inc. (Est. 2014). Nicole’s Naturals is a gluten free food manufacturing company specializing in the development of gluten free grain products with the texture and taste of traditional gluten products.

Nicole is a member of the Ohio TechAngel Fund, the 2nd largest Angel Investor Network in the United States, where she served as the due diligence team technology lead for several years. She was also a member of the Ohio Women’s Business Advisory Roundtable and currently serves as Chair of the Academic Committee and Trustee of the Board of Education for Samueli Academy, a Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) high school that services a large population of underserved youth. Nicole earned a Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University and received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University .