Nicole Lai

Nicole Lai is an Associate at Atomico based in London. She is a neuroscientist by training and is part of the investment team where she works on the sourcing and due diligence of frontier tech companies. Nicole is passionate about innovation at the intersection of technology and humanity with an emphasis on individual agency and team diversity.

Before joining Atomico, Nicole was an Associate at Real Ventures, an early-stage VC firm based in Montreal, Canada, where she worked with entrepreneurs from Algolux, BIOS,, Swift Medical, and many more. Prior to that she worked as the Scientific Project Lead at Moonshot Health, a developer of scientifically validated digital biomarkers. Nicole started her career as an Innovation Associate at McGill University where she helped develop entrepreneurship programs for students and researchers in partnership with the Tech Transfer Office.

Nicole holds a BSc in Cognitive Science and MSc in Neuroscience from McGill University. She speaks English, Cantonese, enough French to get around a city, and communicates with her deaf pup, Winston, through sign language.

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