Mike LaRhette

Global / Leadership / President
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Mike is focused on expanding the impact of MassChallenge on a global scale, leading strategic partnerships with individuals, corporations and government leaders across all MassChallenge programs. He is driving impact through global marketing, fundraising, and talent strategy for the organization. This includes scouting and opening new global locations, creating sustainable revenue models to support this rapid growth, as well as building its community of over 1500 high impact startup companies. He leads the extension of the thought leadership and value MassChallenge offers its corporate partners, focusing on the intersection of global entrepreneurship, design thinking and innovation. Prior to MassChallenge he was most recently a Principal with Collective Next, a collaborative design firm based in Boston. He sits on the Board of Trustees at Regis College, has an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a Masters degree from Boston University. Mike has spoken extensively on accelerating innovation through entrepreneurship at recent forums like the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Congress, the 2016 Global Expansion Summit, the 2016 Chief Innovation Officer Summit, 2017 Innovfest Singapore, 2017 Impact Conference in Poland, 2017 Entrepreneurship Export Exchange, 2017 Smart Philanthropy Conference, and the 2018 Taiwan Bio Forum.

Mission

MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world.