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MassChallenge Names New Director

Kiki Mills Johnston Named New Managing Director Of MassChallenge

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Kiki Mills Johnston Takes Helm at MassChallenge Boston (photo: Boston Business Journal)

MassChallenge, the world famous non-profit startup accelerator has named a new Managing Director. Kiki Mills Johnston is no stranger to the non-profit world, and no stranger to Massachusetts.

Mills Johnston was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange, up until 2010. She started with the Exchange in 1999 as director of business development. In 2005 she was promoted to Executive Director. She left the position in 2010 to join her husband out west. She’s joining MassChallenge from Austin Texas based Mission Capital.

Scott Bailey, the former Boston Director of MassChallenge will become the Executive Director of North America. MassChallenge has programs worldwide including Switzerland, Mexico, The UK and Israel.

MassChallenge has accelerated more than 1200 startups to date. MassChallenge had 128 startups in their 2016 program that were chosen from a pool of 17,000 applications. Since 2010 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.8 billion in funding, generated over $700 million in revenue and created 60,000 direct and indirect jobs.

n November 2016, MassChallenge Boston awarded $1.5 billion in non-equity cash prizes to 16 startups. MassChallenge Boston also launched two new initiatives with the support of its generous partners: PULSE@MassChallenge brings a startup-friendly approach to accelerating digital health innovations, while the Newton Innovation Center offers a community-driven collaborative workspace to catalyze a global startup renaissance, starting on a local scale.

Mills Johnston has spent her entire career in the non-profit space with a concentration on funding startups and innovation. When she left Massachusetts for San Francisco she was the CEO of the Full Circle Fund, a philanthropic network of professionals that provided funding and resources to non profit social entrepreneurs.  Her position at Austin’s Mission Capital was in a similar sector.

“We’re excited to welcome Kiki back to Boston, where she had been actively involved in our city’s growing innovation community,” said Scott Bailey, Executive Director, North America for MassChallenge. “Entrepreneurs are the key to driving economic growth, job creation, and impact around the world, and I’m confident we’ll see the continued growth of MassChallenge Boston under Kiki’s leadership.”

“Startups are the driver of innovation in Massachusetts and around the world. This community has the most forward-thinking corporations, policy makers, investors, and more, that demonstrate their support for startups everyday as they bring their ideas to life,” said Mills Johnston. “I’ve had the unique opportunity to work in entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country and truly believe there’s no better place to launch and grow a business than here. I’m excited to join MassChallenge and work with the community to expand the impact of the program and accelerate the growth of high-impact, high-growth entrepreneurs.”


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