Founder and Chief Executive Officer
John Harthorne is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MassChallenge, the largest-ever start-up accelerator and the first to support high-impact start-ups with no strings attached. MassChallenge alumni since 2010 have raised over US$ 360 million and employ over 3,000 people. The MassChallenge programme receives over 1,000 applications every year, typically from around 40 countries and 30 US states. US President Barack Obama has identified MassChallenge as one of America's most effective start-up accelerators. MassChallenge sponsors and partners include Fidelity Investments, Verizon, The Blackstone Group, Pfizer, EMC, Microsoft, American Airlines, UPS and dozens of other global innovation leaders. The Boston Business Journal has identified Harthorne as one of Boston's 50 Most Influential Business Leaders. Harthorne received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, he won the Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT.