MassChallenge gets first new CEO in its 9-year history

February 24, 2019

MassChallenge, the Boston-based nonprofit that offers grants and training to promising startups, is getting a new chief executive for the first time in its nine-year history.

Siobhan Dullea will take the reins from John Harthorne, the founder of MassChallenge, who is departing to work on a for-profit project to help companies that have been through the organization’s startup programs.

Dullea has been chief operating officer of MassChallenge since 2016, overseeing its eight accelerator programs around the world. MassChallenge’s locations outside Boston are Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, Rhode Island, and the United Kingdom.

Before joining MassChallenge, Dullea was an executive with the Grommet, an e-commerce site for offbeat inventions and new products, and she helped found the Boston marketing firm C Space.

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