Eastern Ontario Regional Innovation Centre Launch Lab Names Scott Runté – Chief Executive Officer

Kingston, Ontario — Wednesday, April 10 — Launch Lab, a Regional Innovation Centre and part of the ONE Network located in Kingston, Ontario, today announced its board of directors has appointed Scott Runté, chief executive officer of Launch Lab, effective April 1, 2019.

Scott Runté, with more than 12 years of experience working with entrepreneurs across Ontario, and most recently as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Launch Lab, brings his entrepreneurial leadership experience in helping entrepreneur realise their potential. Scott earned an MBA from McMaster University in 1991 and a BSc with Honours from Queen’s University in 1988.

“Scott brings with him exceptional leadership skills and a considerable volume of entrepreneurial experience to Launch Lab,” said John Molloy, chairman of Launch Lab’s board of directors. “Scott’s expertise, and his ability to form key partnerships will be key to leading Launch Lab’s acceleration as a fundamental support organization for small businesses across Eastern Ontario.”

“I am delighted to be expanding my role at Launch Lab,” said Mr. Runté. “Launch Lab’s strength is based on a foundation of willing and capable EIRs along with both public and private sector partners that bring incredible experience and business savvy to help entrepreneurs manage and navigate their growth. We look forward to building upon our past success by continuing to evolve our programming to fit the needs of the companies that are the future of Eastern Ontario’s Innovation Ecosystem.”

Scott Runté succeeds former CEO, Michael Mann, who successfully grew the reputation and success of Launch Lab over the course of seven years. Upon achieving significant growth goals set by the Launch Lab board, Michael decided to retire and return back to the United States to establish and grow a family run business.

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About Launch Lab
Launch Lab is a Regional Innovation Centre and member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) a provincially-funded network of resources for entrepreneurs. As a RIC, Launch Lab’s regional boundaries consist of most of southeastern Ontario (Trenton, down to Picton, over to Cornwall, and back up and around through Smiths Falls and Bancroft). Launch Lab’s head office is in Kingston and has a team of Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs) that operate throughout the region. Launch Lab’s purpose is to foster entrepreneurship and the commercialization of innovations to help build globally competitive companies in Eastern Ontario.

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