MassChallenge applications involve creating a Startup Profile, paying the application fee, and submitting an application.
MassChallenge Applications are in two cycles:
Jun-Oct Cycle: MassChallenge Boston, Israel and Switzerland are open from February 9 - April 1, 2016. The 2016 early bird deadline is March 2.
The first step in applying is to register on the MassChallenge website, creating your user profile containing your basic contact information.
Create a startup profile with basic information about your startup, which will be displayed on the MassChallenge website (unless you mark your startup profile as stealth).
After you create your profile, you can manage all next steps of the application from your Startup Dashboard. Note that you can apply to MassChallenge with multiple startups, all from one user profile. For each startup, you must create a separate startup profile, pay a separate application fee, and create a separate application. Each startup will be judged independently.
After you pay the Application Fee, there are several optional steps you may take.
Once your startup profile is published on the MassChallenge web site we strongly encourage you to promote that you have applied to MassChallenge. Use MassChallenge as a platform to help attract attention to your startup. Tweet, post on Facebook, blog – make some noise!
If you choose to keep your startup profile in “Stealth”* mode it will not be published on the MassChallenge website.
After you pay the application fee you may submit the names and email addresses of one or more individuals who you would like to act as references for you and your Startup.
Please note that references are optional but provide additional data points to evaluate the application. Please use them only if you think they will provide additional value to your application. Ideal reference writers are recognized experts who know you and your company well and can provide genuine insight about your potential.
MassChallenge will contact these individuals on your behalf and ask for their simple input, including:
You may want to give references a heads-up that they will be contacted by MassChallenge, and to check their spam folder if they don’t see anything.
The last date for references to respond to MassChallenge is April 23.
After you pay the application fee, you may submit one or more unique refund codes that you acquire from MassChallenge sponsors or other organizations after March 1.
Each refund code you submit prior to the application deadline of April 1 will entitle you to a certain refund amount (for example, $25).
You may accumulate and submit as many refund codes as you like – it is possible to completely refund your entire application fee (but not more than you paid!)
Although you may submit multiple refund codes, you may not submit more than one refund code from the same MassChallenge sponsor/partner.
Please be thoughtful in how you pursue acquiring refund codes -- it is not wise to spam request refund codes, as such an action will probably not endear you to those spam recipients. The goal of refund codes is to 1) reduce your application fee, and 2) promote thoughtful engagement between you and the organizations who have refund codes.
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