Nate Olson is a specialist in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where his focus is building dynamic and diverse startup communities.
The cofounder of 1 Million Cups, a weekly educational program designed to engage, educate, and accelerate startup communities, Olson now leads the effort to grow 1 Million Cups into a national program for the Foundation. When he's not busy following his passion to change the way communities view and support entrepreneurs, Olson turns his energies to traveling, cycling, and playing guitar.
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation as an intern and, then, an associate, Olson was a grant-writing intern for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. While there, he developed a grant proposal for the funding of art therapy for Alzheimer's patients and also helped to improve the museum's system for receiving gifts electronically.
Olson earned a bachelor's degree in international business with a minor in English writing from Rockhurst University. In 2010, he attended IQS University in Barcelona, Spain, and UIBE, The Beijing Center in Beijing, China.
Olson dreams of starting several companies in additive manufacturing, alternative and kinetic energy, and eventually becoming a teacher in the field of expeditionary learning.