Sherry Coutu CBE takes up MassChallenge board advisor role

Angel investor has joined Domino's Pizza's Lord Rumi Verjee as global advisors for international start-up accelerator

International start-up accelerator MassChallenge has announced that it has appointed a global board of advisors, with prominent UK angel investor and Scale Up advocate Sherry Coutu CBE among its new board members.

Coutu, who recently launched the Scale Up Institute with LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, will work alongside new advisors Lord Rumi Verjee; head of Domino’s Pizza in the UK, and Jeff Swartz; former CEO of The Timberland Company, to support the accelerator’s plans for expansion.

Other new advisors to the board include Deshpande Center co-founder Desh Deshpande, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and Fiona Murray; the associate dean for innovation at MIT Sloan School of Management.

MassChallenge launched in 2010 in Boston and has since gone on to become one of the world’s biggest start-up accelerators with over $700m raised for 617 start-ups.

In June of this year, the programme launched in London with a cohort of 75 UK start-ups including fast-growth early-stage businesses Q App and Compare and Share.

MassChallenge founder and CEO, John Harthorne, commented: “We are extremely honored to work with such an illustrious group of global innovation leaders.

“As we continue to launch new accelerators and unlock immense opportunity for more entrepreneurs around the world, our global board of advisors will play a key role in driving our vision forward.”

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