MIT Sloan Fellow; Director of Venture Café Kendall in Cambridge, MA; Founder of Wide Angle Media; Former Head of Digital Platforms & Innovation Lab at USPS, Instructor at Harvard Startup Bootcamp & General Assembly; Mentor at Babson WIN Lab, Founder Institute Boston, Hult Prize 2018, Brandeis University 3Day Startup and Boston University Sino Summit; Public Speaker; Nonprofit Board member.
She is an innovator, humanitarian, and entrepreneur who believes invention is a fundamental component of life that can be observed, understood and practiced by any individual or organization. Her personal and professional journey has shaped her approach to systems and inclusive innovation.
Chandra Briggman is a product innovation and marketing executive with experience that spans both start-ups and large enterprises. As the former Director of Digital for USPS, she built the first digital division and innovation lab for the organization. She currently runs Venture Café – a networking platform in Cambridge, MA known world-wide for connecting entrepreneurs, investors, and enterprise innovators through its unique, weekly and monthly event series. She is founder of Wide Angle Media – a digital media content and curated event production firm.
She is an observer and proponent of human-centered, conscious and systems innovation, and illustrates how to achieve inclusive innovation by activating the “inventor” in everyone. Briggman teaches product innovation, lean startup principles, and agile methodologies at General Assembly Boston and the Harvard Startup Bootcamp. Chandra mentors entrepreneurs at the Babson University’s WINLab accelerator, Founder Institute Boston, Hult Prize 2018, Brandeis University 3Day Startup and Boston University Sino Summit.
Chandra is the newly appointed Chair of the Board of Youth CITIES – a nonprofit that cultivates youth entrepreneurship through its award-winning programs, tools, and direct immersion within our entrepreneurial ecosystem.
She holds a Master’s from both Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Johns Hopkins University, and Bachelor’s from Columbia International University.