Veronica Aguilar is an experienced technology insider with experience in developing startups and connecting industry leaders to emerging entrepreneurs. Veronica is currently Manager of ChicagoNEXT at World Business Chicago. Previously, Veronica was the Director of the Latinx Incubator, a Chicago based pre-accelerator program aimed to support early stage Latinx entrepreneurs building technology ventures. Prior to running the Latinx Incubator, Veronica co-led an Innovation Challenge Program in Washington D.C. focused on highly scalable startups across the globe disrupting industries including hospitality, health, transportation, smart cities and defense. Through the program, entrepreneurs shaped pilot concepts aimed to address the major strategic, business and organizational challenges of established corporations and institutions. The start of Veronica’s career in connecting the entrepreneurial ecosystem with key players including enterprise and government began at Business Forward, a public policy consulting firm in Washington D.C. There, she learned how business leaders from across the country advise senior leaders in Washington on how to create jobs and accelerate the U.S. economy through tech and small business innovation.
Veronica became a political appointee in the Obama Administration within the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). During her time at the GSA, she worked with the Small Business Office and led a National Outreach Education Program for underrepresented businesses. The program’s mission was to enhance opportunities for underrepresented small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs to partner with federal agencies while focusing on transparency in the federal procurement process. Veronica soon joined the Administrator’s senior team and worked on implementing the President’s agenda to modernize the federal government through a digital transformation. In this effort, Veronica supported the launch of the Technology Transformation Service (TTS). In this work the team collaborated with senior members of the Obama Administration including, White House Chief Technology Officer, White House Chief Information Officer and GSA leadership.Throughout her work in the Administration, Veronica worked to leverage GSA as an economic catalyst for diverse communities across the country by aligning GSA real estate, acquisition and technology services plans with local economic development goals. Veronica attended The University of Pennsylvania and is a proud Chicago native. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown working on a movement to empower underrepresented entrepreneurs to build upward social and economic mobility through technological innovation.