John Harthorne

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MassChallenge Inc.

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 is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, London, Jerusalem, Geneva and Mexico City and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we are creating a massive impact - driving growth and creating value the world over. As of 2017, MassChallenge's 1,500+ startups have raised ~$2.0B in funding, generated ~$1B in revenue and created over 65,000 jobs. 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.