Rachael Newberry

Program Director


Rachael Newberry is the Program Director at RIoT, an economic development nonprofit focused on emerging technology and IoT sector growth. Rachael supports innovation through helping small businesses, startups, and corporates explore new business opportunities on the bleeding edge of technology. In 2018, she launched RIoT's premiere innovation program, the RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP). Since joining RIoT, Rachael has supported more than 125 startup, corporate, and government innovation projects. RAP alumni startups have collectively created more than 300 jobs and generated over $100 million in revenue. Previously, Rachael built and ran a behavioral science-focused startup program with Dan Ariely's research lab at Duke University, where her work was featured at Google and in Forbes and Inc. Magazine. As a Triangle-native who’s supported startups across local university, private equity, and nonprofit programs, Rachael is passionate about the continued growth of the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.