Applications for the Boston, Israel, and Switzerland Programs are now closed. Finalists announced May 26th!


We want to help your startup win. We have a proven track-record of taking our startups to the next level. Since 2010, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.8 billion in funding, generated over $700 million in revenue, and created over 60,000 direct and indirect jobs. What are you waiting for?

As part of MassChallenge, startups have access to:

  • Expert Mentoring

  • Alumni & Community Network

  • Flexible Curriculum

  • Corporate Access

  • Free Collaborative Workspace

  • In-Kind Deals

  • More than $2 Million in Zero-Equity Cash Awards


We accept applications for early stage startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. If your startup has raised less than $500K in equity-based funding, generated less than $1M in revenue in the last 12 months, and are set to make a big impact in your industry or on the world, you’re our kind of entrepreneur.

How to apply

  1. Register by creating your user profile

  2. Create your startup profile

  3. Submit the application fee

  4. Complete and submit your application

About our judging process

MassChallenge uses two rounds of judging to select our startups. We ensure that every single startup receives a comprehensive read of their application by assigning each of them a panel of diverse judges that represent a range of different industries.

In the first round of judging, all applications are reviewed online by our international community of judges.

  • Each application is reviewed by at least three judges.

  • Each applicant receives individualized feedback from the judges.

Startups are notified if they make the second round of judging. In the second round of judging, those startups pitch to a panel of judges in-person or via Skype in some circumstances. The highest-impact and highest-potential startups are invited to participate in the accelerator as finalists.

Cycle 1 timeline (Boston, Israel, Switzerland):

  • 8 February 2017: Applications open
  • 28 March 2017: Applications close
  • 30 March - 20 April 2017: Round 1 Judging (Online)
  • 10 May - 17 May 2017: Round 2 Judging (In-Person)
  • 24 May 2017: Finalist Notification
  • 21 June - 1 November 2017: Cycle 1 Accelerator Program

Cycle 2 timeline (Mexico):

  • 26 April 2017: Applications open
  • 17 May 2017: Early bird deadline
  • 30 May 2017: Applications close

Please note: MassChallenge UK’s next planned accelerator is in 2018. Please check back in early 2018 for UK-specific updates. In the meantime, we encourage you to apply to another MassChallenge accelerator program. Contact with any questions.

We want to help your startup win! Apply to the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet today!

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