Startup Institute Announces New CEO And Leadership Team

Startup Institute, the leading career accelerator for the innovation economy in Boston and New York City, today announced Rich DiTieri as its new CEO. The announcement comes alongside the appointment of a new leadership team who will lead a new era at Startup Institute.

Rich first joined Startup Institute as Associate Director before redesigning its global partner experience as the Head of Global Partnerships. His most recent role was running Startup Institute's Boston program, which has seen over 700 alumni complete the program. Prior to Startup Institute, Rich was the co-founder of Pintley, a 2011 MassChallenge Winner, and also held a technology consulting role at Deloitte. With a longtime background in business development and entrepreneurialism, he is taking on the role to grow Startup Institute's offerings to individuals, growing companies, and other educational institutions. Rich has dabbled in entrepreneurship since high school and has a B.S. in Management for Technological Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer. He takes over the role of CEO from Diane Hessan who stepped down in June 2016 to work with the Cinton campaign.

Joining Rich in the leadership team at Startup Institute is Peggy Yu as Chief Operations Officer, David Yourgrau as Vice President of Business Development, Jaime Goldstein as Vice President of Curriculum, Elizabeth Ames as Boston's Managing Director, and Justin Miller as Vice President of Marketing. Peggy, a Harvard MBA was previously Managing Director & VP of Business Development at Startup Institute, and is the former Interim Director of the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School,.  David was previously NYC Program Director at Startup Institute, is a Senior Advisor at Morris Strategy Group, and has worked in sales since joining SCVNGR in 2011, helping the company pivot to LevelUp by leading a new sales office. Jaime joins Startup Institute from MIT where she developed and lead MIT Communication Lab as Program Director. Elizabeth, who's career includes launching the first Peace Corps operation in the former Soviet Union and directing the Cabinet of Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, joins after spending the last 15 years consulting for social enterprises. Justin joins from Barton Associates where he was Senior Marketing Manager and launched Tech in Motion while at Motion Recruitment Partners .

"I couldn't be more excited to be taking on the role of CEO of Startup Institute, a company which I've loved and been a part of since 2014. We've built an extraordinarily experienced and passionate team with some of the best minds in the business, dedicated to growing our mission of preparing people with the skills, mindset and network to launch them into the growing tech ecosystem, and to provide companies with the talent and expertise to innovate and grow. I'm excited to lead Startup Institute into its next chapter and make our 1,400 alumni proud."

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ABOUT RICH DITIERI Rich DiTieri is CEO of Startup Institute. First joining the company as the Associate Director, he went on to redesign the global partner experience as the Head of Global Partnerships before running the Boston program as Director. Having dabbled in entrepreneurship since high school and earning his B.S. in Management for Technological Entrepreneurship at Rensselaer, he left technology consulting at Deloitte to co-found Pintley, a 2011 MassChallenge Winner. A jack-of-all-trades, master of some, Rich has worked in education, healthcare, IT, banking, and craft beer, is a sales and business development expert and loves Lean methodology. In his free time, he builds and races cars, skateboards to work, listens to NPR podcasts, and hangs out with his fiancée and their dogs

ABOUT STARTUP INSTITUTE: Startup Institute was created to bridge two worlds: the world of fast-growing companies that are desperate for talent and the world of people who are desperate to find careers they love. With locations in both New York and Boston, Startup Institute is not just another school. It's not an incubator, and it's not a one-off skills class. It is an incredibly ambitious learning experience that challenges it students to expand, both in character and skill set, in a relatively short amount of time. The program is about finding a career path that people can be truly passionate about. The Startup Institute community, comprised of students, alumni, instructors, hiring partners, and staff, is proven to be one of the most valuable career assets and plugs students into a powerful professional network in the innovation sector. Startup Institute's strategic partners include ShopperTrak, Krossover, MediaMath, OneMonth, Fuze, Redstar, MassChallenge, and John Hancock.

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