Michael LaRhette

Edited by Startup Terrace Global Hack 2020 Editorial Team

▲ Michael LaRhette, Founder, Open Water Innovation

Michael LaRhette

Founder, Open Water Innovation


Executive Consultant, Lab Central
Chief Business Officer, New Lab
President, MassChallenge


For 25 years Mike has helped individuals and organizations catalyze ideas into action through people. He has worked for both early stage startups and established organizations in the design and facilitation of business strategy, sales and marketing effectiveness, client engagement, communications and leadership development. He has been involved with Boston-based startup accelerator MassChallenge since its inception as an external advisor, facilitator of strategic growth and ultimately as President, a position he held for almost five years.

Prior to MassChallenge he was a Principal with Collective Next, a collaborative design firm based in Boston. He partnered with the TED organization at their global conferences and has helped to organize TEDxBoston for several years. Prior to that he held senior roles at AchieveGlobal, Personnel Decisions International, and Sapient Corporation.

He holds a dual undergraduate degree in Psychology and Economics from Boston College, and Master’s in Education (Ed.M) from Boston University.

He is currently the founder and CEO of Open Water Innovation.