John Harthorne, MassChallenge

John Harthorne is the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, a startup accelerator designed to catalyze a global renaissance by connecting high-impact startups from around the world with the resources they need to launch and succeed as rapidly as possible.

John earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, John won Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT. He also led the 10th annual MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) held in Trondheim, Norway.

The Boston Business Journal has identified John as one of Boston’s50 Most Influential Business Leaders alongside the CEOs of Akamai Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Boston Celtics. The World Economic Forum also elected John as one of the 2013 Young Global Leaders alongside Chelsea Clinton and Tony Hsieh, and Ernst & Young voted John as Social Entrepreneur of the Year in New England for 2013.

John is a life-long Massachusetts resident and an avid Red Sox fan. He currently lives in Newton with his wife Natalia, their 7-year old son Max and their 3-year old girl Yulia who is getting “bigger bigger” every day.