Chris Colbert

Managing Director

Chris Colbert is the Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs.

His primary task is to work with an amazing team to provide the support, guidance and resources that help both students and alumni ventures evolve their interests in innovation, their ideas and their businesses.  He oversees the day-to-day of the three labs while working with the leadership and management team to craft strategies and initiatives that will scale the entire Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem, increasing reach while improving learning and venture outcomes.   A serial entrepreneur in the marketing and innovation space, Chris has built and helped build many companies, ranging from the creation of Holland-Mark, the largest independent advertising agency at the time to a recent turnaround of a key division of Scholastic.  His focus during the last few years has been on innovation in higher education, resulting in him founding FINIS, a start up platform to re-invent the Career Services programming in colleges and universities.  He sits on several boards and has an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BA in History from Connecticut College.   He is passionate about teaching, speaking, writing, motivating, creating and making whatever is before him better than it is or was.

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