Colorado Springs is evolving as an environment that supports entrepreneurs working with disruptive technologies. Exponential Impact (XI) is excited to announce that Natasha Main will transition into the new role of Executive Director. Main will be leaving her current role as Executive Director of Peak Startup.
XI was created in 2017, in part, to support community-wide economic development strategy and help strengthen Colorado Springs’ entrepreneurial environment. Since then, 11 startups from across the globe have graduated from the XI accelerator. Teams earn tailored seed funding, workspace and access to a community of mentors, experts and investors. “For some time, Colorado Springs’ entrepreneurial ecosystem flew under the radar. Now, thanks to new investment and resources, our region is front and center among national and international startup capitals,” said Hannah Parsons, CEO for Exponential Impact, or XI. Parsons will transition from her CEO role through December 31 and continue her enhanced position on the XI Board of Directors.
At Exponential Impact, Main will steward XI during its current phase of development and growing interest to the community. Main’s history of working alongside the community on diverse initiatives will be a benefit to XI. Currently, Main supports high-growth entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs and is committed to building up the entrepreneurial ecosystem there and across the state by creating bridges for innovators to access opportunities to help make their dreams an economic reality. She earned her BA in Economics and International Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis TN.
“XI and the city are experiencing significant growth, and this momentum supports Colorado Springs in becoming one of the best for entrepreneurship, ” Main said. “I’m honored to join the XI team and grateful to the Peak Startup board and the community for its support and look forward to spearheading our collective efforts at XI.”
Jacob Eichengreen, chair for Peak Startup’s Board of Directors, sees Main’s move as strategic. “We are thrilled for Natasha, XI and entrepreneurship in Colorado Springs,” he said. “Natasha’s record of success and her time at Peak Startup offer a strong footing to double down on our complementary missions.”