Orsola De Marco

Head of Startup and Innovation Programmes
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Orsola currently leads the two startup programmes, the ODI startup accelerator for data-driven companies and the Open Data Incubator for Europe

Orsola joined the ODI in 2015 and is currently the Head of Startup and Innovation Programmes, leading all domestic and international startup and innovation programmes.

Aside from being responsible for the strategy and design of the programmes, she advises and mentors startups on their value proposition, product development and business models.

Orsola is a regular speaker at external events about innovation programmes, data-driven business models, product management, open innovation, growing women’s leadership in tech and beyond, as well as being part of judging panels for startup competitions and awards.

Prior to her role at the Open Data Institute, she spent a number of years in the private sector, working with companies in retail and built environment, won a social enterprise award from UnLtd and co-founded a platform that promotes civic engagement and collaborative urbanism.

A passionate problem-solver, Orsola believes in using data and technologies to drive innovation and build great products that help solve real challenges. She holds a BS in Economics and Management and an MA in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London.

Inspirational quotes

“Do the right things, rather than worrying about doing things right.”

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room.”