Any early-stage startup, from anywhere in the world, in any industry is eligible to apply to MassChallenge. 2013 Applications are open from February 13 through April 4.
MassChallenge uses a competition framework to identify the highest-potential startups. The MassChallenge application process is designed to present early-stage entrepreneurs with questions that they will face (if they haven’t already) while building their companies.
About the MassChallenge Application Process
The online application is short. There are ten questions about different aspects of the business – customer needs and acquisition, industry and competitors, the founding team etc.
The overall focus of the application process is impact. MassChallenge does not define impact, but leaves that up to the applicants. Impact for one company might mean improving lives or curing a disease, while for another it might be generating an enormous amount of revenue.
(NOTE: Submit 2013 applications online from February 13 - April 4. See How to Apply for details).
The online applications are reviewed by MassChallenge judges, who are innovators, experts and entrepreneurs from the Massachusetts startup ecosystem. Like the MassChallenge entrants, MassChallenge judges come from a wide range of industries have varying expertise. 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, which consists of 20-minute pitches (typically 10 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A) and are conducted in person or via Skype. 125 startups are invited to join the accelerator as finalists.
All applications receive written feedback from multiple judges, regardless of whether the application advances to the next round in MassChallenge.
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.
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