MassChallenge founder/CEO John Harthorne to keynote Chamber dinner



The Somerville Chamber of Commerce 67th Annual Dinner & Powderhouse Awards will feature keynote speaker John Harthorne, the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge

A startup accelerator and competition designed to catalyze a startup renaissance by connecting high-impact startups from around the world with the resources they need to launch and succeed.

President Barack Obama identified MassChallenge as one of America’s most effective startup accelerators. John received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He received the Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT.

He also led the 10th annual MIT Global Startup Workshop held in Trondheim, Norway.

In 2011, the Boston Business Journal identified John as one of Boston’s 50 Most Influential Business Leaders alongside the CEOs of Akamai Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Boston Celtics.

An avid Red Sox fan, John lives in Somerville with his wife Natalia, their 6-year old son Max and their baby girl Yulia.

The Chamber is Somerville’s premier business organization. Led by a diverse and dynamic Board of Directors, it takes on local and state issues that affect the local economy and advocates for businesses large and small.

It has been deeply involved with the redevelopment of Assembly Square, the Green Line extension project, and planning and zoning issues in and around the Innerbelt, McGrath, Union Square, Boynton Yards and Somerville Avenue. The Chamber’s Dining & Nightlife Group has been instrumental in the development of Somerville’s metropolitan appeal.

Throughout the year, the Chamber produces outstanding business community networking events such as Business After Hours, Innovation Tours, and the Taste of Somerville.
The dinner, which is the foremost annual gathering of local business, civic, and community leaders, will be held Wednesday, November 6th at the Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street.

The Chamber is pleased to have Bunker Hill Community College as a major sponsor, along with East Cambridge Savings Bank which will be sponsoring the opening reception. Additional sponsorships are available.

The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $100 per person for Chamber Members, or $800 per table of eight guests. Non-member tickets are $150 per person, or $1200 for a table of eight guests.

Reservations are being accepted on the Chamber website or by contacting Joanne Haley 617-776-4100,


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