Any early-stage startup, from anywhere in the world, in any industry is eligible to apply to MassChallenge. 2014 Applications are open from February 2 through April 9.
MassChallenge uses an accelerator framework to identify the highest-potential startups. The application process is designed to present early-stage entrepreneurs with questions that they will face while building their companies.
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About the MassChallenge Application Process
The online application is short. There are ten questions about different aspects of your business – customer needs and acquisition, industry and competitors, and the founding team.
The overall focus of the application process is to identify companies that create high-impact.
(NOTE: Submit 2014 applications online from February 2 - April 9. See How to Apply for details).
The online applications are reviewed by MassChallenge judges, including experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs from all industries and the Massachusetts startup ecosystem. MassChallenge does its best to match the most relevant judges to appropriate startups according to industry.
About 300 startups are invited to round-two-judging, consisting of
20-minute pitches (typically 10 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A), and conducted in person or via Skype. 128 startups are invited to join the accelerator as Finalists.
All applicants receive written feedback from multiple judges, regardless of whether the application advances to the next round.
Acceptance into the MassChallenge accelerator has become increasingly selective across all industries. In 2012, the 125 Finalist startups were selected from a pool of 1,237 applicants from 36 states and 35 countries worldwide.