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Nikki Ricks

Advisor and consultant for creative female-owned businesses (tech, product and service-based).

Nikki Ricks

Software Engineer

About Me

Advisor and consultant for creative female-owned businesses (tech, product and service-based).

After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degree in urban planning, I was working at a Chicago architecture firm when I had my first daughter. I wanted a more flexible way to work, which sparked the idea of creating a coworking space with in-house childcare. As I researched the market and held events at local coworking and play spaces, my favorite part of the business was meeting more of Chicago’s incredible, inspirational, powerful women and talking to them about their work.

I have been helping women get organized since implementing the rotating recess snack with my first-grade girl gang.

Now I work at Feminest, where my goal is to help build creative scalable businesses straight from the brains of female entrepreneurs. I love goals, business models, to-do lists, brainstorming, efficiency, and getting women paid. In my free time I serve on the Free to Feed board, was an EIR at Startupbootcamp, and mentor + consult at ACMIX’s accelerator Foundry 658.

I’m currently living in Melbourne, Australia and traveling the world as much as possible

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