Nicole Walker

Managing Partner

Arboretum Ventures


Nicole joined Arboretum Ventures in 2021 as a Managing Partner, where she focuses on early-to-growth stage healthcare investments. For nearly 30 years, Nicole has successfully partnered with entrepreneurs to modernize and transform the healthcare industry. She strongly believes in the power of teams and in the importance of bringing diversity across all levels when building effective organizations. Originally trained as an engineer, Nicole spent the first half of her career in US and International operating roles with ACS/Guidant and Abbott Diabetes Care before moving into venture roles with Onset Ventures, Abbott Ventures, and Baird Capital. Nicole is proud to serve as an advisor to Springboard Enterprises and to the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council – MATTER Chicago. Additionally, she serves as a board director with Venture Forward (the foundation arm of the National Venture Capital Association), the Alzheimer’s Association, and Minnesota’s Medical Alley. Nicole has been recognized as one of the industry’s most active and engaged investors by “The Tech Crunch List 2020” and by Crain’s Chicago Business “Tech 50” for 2018 and 2016. Nicole holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and completed dual degrees in management and operations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.