Ken Harrington

Who Am I?

Ken Harrington works with early stage and fast growing ventures as an advisor and board member.  He has supported and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs in a broad set of industry groups.  He has access to experts and investors who work with startup ventures, economic development, entrepreneur support systems, innovation, commercialization, and university entrepreneurship initiatives.

From 2001 to 2014, Ken Harrington served as the Managing Director for the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  During that period, St. Louis spawned entrepreneur support systems, infrastructure, and investment capital in several specialty areas including Biotech, IT, Agtech, Social Enterprise, Fintech and other areas.  Under Ken Harrington’s leadership Washington University’s Skandalaris Center started over 450 ventures.  Wash U’s top ten entrepreneurship ranking has a broad experiential curriculum and numerous co-curricular programs that connect the university to St. Louis’s entrepreneurial support groups.  Ken has been designated as one of the US top 25 entrepreneurship professors. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions to entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Wash U, Ken held senior management positions in seven start-up technology companies.  He has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and a BS from the University of Vermont.  He is an author and speaker including:

  • Rebuilding the American Dream, Restoring American Jobs and Competitiveness through Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a book that was co-authored by Robert Skandalaris
  • How Cities and Regions Can Become Thriving Entrepreneurial Hubs, an award winning submission to the Entrepreneur Innovation Exchange