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Diane Drops a Beat for Innovation and Diversity

CEO Diane Hessan had the honor of kicking-off an exciting day of learning, celebrating, and rap (see below) at BostInno’s State of Innovation Forum, yesterday at the Westin Waterfront. Addressing a room full of makers and doers and entrepreneurs who pride themselves on progress, Diane started off by suggesting that, from Boston’s accelerators, shark tanks, and IPO’s, we may have reached our tipping point. But, diversity—gender, ethnic, age, and industrial—can take us to the next level. In Diane’s words: (more…)

Inside The Tent: Digital Career Development for Alumni, by Alumni

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our alumni portal: The Tent.

At Startup Institute, we have a talented, ambitious, and passionate alumni community. Our nearly 1000 full-time graduates have gone on to build products, grow companies, found new ventures, and make a real impact on the world. These people also pay-it-forward—a pillar of our SI community. They serve as mentors to new students, hire many of them, and leverage their connections to support the growth of the innovation economy. And, they never stop learning.

When Diane Hessan came on board as CEO last year, she fervently championed her vision for an online alumni experience—something that would truly embodied our mantra: “Startup Institute is for life.” (more…)

Welcome, Diane Hessan: Our new CEO

Today is a special day for Startup Institute, for our alumni, and for all of the communities we impact across the world.

Over the past 2.5 years we’ve discovered a global need for our style of education and approach to talent development. We made it our mission to expand our community, to find, foster, and fuel innovative ecosystems across the world, and to that end, last month we successfully closed our three-million-dollar Series A funding round, led by our wonderful partners at Silicon Valley Bank. And now it’s time we take the company to the next level. It’s time to take that validation, that encouragement, and all of our know-how and resources, and use them to continue growing the Startup Institute, helping people from all walks of life to find jobs that they love, and fueling growth in the innovation communities that we call home.

So, we ask you to please join us in welcoming Startup Institute’s new CEO, Diane Hessan.

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