Innovate Raleigh Announces Bridget Harrington as Executive Director

Harrington to lead the Innovate Raleigh and Raleigh
Chamber partnership


Innovate Raleigh announced today that Bridget Harrington has been named as the organization’s new executive director. Beginning on Dec. 19, Harrington will lead the organization’s efforts to support Raleigh’s innovation ecosystem and drive the area to be one of the top five innovation hubs in the U.S. She most recently served in financial services for KPMG, LLP.

“With more than 15 years of finance, operations, and marketing experience, Bridget brings extensive knowledge that will foster the growth of our entrepreneurial community,” Jason Widen, Innovate Raleigh co-founder.

As an entrepreneur herself, Harrington co-founded, built, and sold Syndicate Media Group, a marketing and communications firm. Most recently she has worked for global financial services provider KPMG, focusing on key venture capital and banking clients.

On Oct. 1, the Chamber and Innovate Raleigh began a new alliance that is designed to assist the startup community. “I am inspired by the diverse entrepreneurial talent in our city and look forward to working with The Camber and the Innovate Raleigh community to make the Triangle one of the top centers for innovation in the country,” said Harrington.

Harrington received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Science in Accountancy from San Francisco State University.

About the Greater Raleigh Chamber

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is the Triangle’s largest nonprofit business membership organization made up of more than 2,200 member firms representing two-thirds of the private sector employment in Wake County. The Chamber builds a thriving regional economy, enhances the community’s quality of life, and strengthens member businesses.

About Innovate Raleigh

Innovate Raleigh serves as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. Its goal is to serve as a collaborator, convener, and communicator to foster business and community development. The group was founded in 2011 to address gaps in services for entrepreneurs and partner with other organizations to promote the city’s growing innovation community.