See below for answers to questions on MassChallenge programs and applications.
MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet.
Impact over equity
We take no equity and the high-impact startups that get into our 4-month program compete to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards.
835 startups accelerated
6,500 jobs created
$1.1 billion in outside funding raised
$520 million in revenue
74% of MC alums receive follow-on funding one year after the program
We know that MassChallenge can’t exist without startups. Startups are our lifeblood. Everything we do brings value to startups and prioritises their needs.
MassChallenge awards more than $1M annually and does not take any equity from participants. MassChallenge is a 501c3 non-profit. We are designed to help startups win. Our sponsorships and donations cover prize money and operating expenses.
Top MassChallenge Israel partners include EMC Corporation, The Kraft Group, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, The Strauss Group and the Ministry of Economy.To see all MassChallenge Israel partners, click here.
Top MassChallenge UK Partners include JPMorgan Chase Foundation, IBM, GCHQ, ViiV, and EMC Corporation. To see all MassChallenge UK partners, click here.
Top MassChallenge Boston partners include Jamestown, Fidelity Investments, Verizon, American Airlines, Bose, Microsoft, Pfizer, Thomson Reuters. To see all MassChallenge Boston partners, click here.
Top MassChallenge Mexico partners include INADEM, Gentera, Aeromexico, Promotora Social, and the government of Mexico City.
Top MassChallenge Switzerland Partners Inlcude Bühler Group, Nestlé, Inartis Foundation, and Swiss Economic Forum.
Applications are reviewed by our volunteer Expert Judges. The information on your application is restricted to these individuals and the MassChallenge Team, but we do not require anyone involved in the application review to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Please see the Competition Rules for more information on confidentiality and Intellectual Property.
Startups from anywhere can apply to MassChallenge.The first round of judging occurs online and can be completed remotely from anywhere in the world. The second round of judging involves an in-person pitch to a panel of judges, made up by top entrepreneurs and investors. Entrants should be prepared to fly to Boston, Mexico City, Lausanne, London, or Jerusalem if selected for that opportunity.
The final round will require the applicant to be physically present in Boston, Mexico City, Lausanne, or London. Acceleration of finalists requires close integration with experts from the local ecosystem. Winners and finalists are not required to remain in the US, Mexico, Switzerland, Israel, or the UK after the accelerator.
It is up to the entrant to define impact. Entrant’s definitions should be compelling (e.g. revenue, profit, job creation, helping a population, etc.).
Yes. We expect active, consistent engagement in the accelerator program. This requires regular, physical presence from at least one team founder in the MassChallenge Boston, Mexico City, Lausanne, Jersusalem, or London offices for the duration of the accelerator program you are participating in.
Accelerator programs take place in Boston, Mexico City, Lausanne, Jerusalem, and London. MassChallenge has an extensive network of partners and supporters that want to help entrepreneurs win and succeed globally.
MassChallenge judges and mentors are all innovators, executives, lawyers and entrepreneurs from the Massachusetts ecosystem.