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5 Ways MassChallenge Helps Gradberry Accelerate

Learn how a 2014 Finalist is making the most out of MassChallenge!

Submitted on Jul 25, 2014 • by Ryan Prince, Gradberry
The following is a guest blog by Ryan Prince of startup finalist Gradberry . You can follow them on Twitter ( @gradberry ), Facebook , and their website . It has been just over a month since Gradberry started as a finalist at MassChallenge. In that time, we have made...

Fueling Innovation: Beer and Startup Culture

MassChallenge and Harpoon Brewery join forces to spur innovation

Submitted on Jul 21, 2014 • by Jibran Malek, MassChallenge Marketing Manager
Working at a startup can be equal parts rewarding and stressful. A recent article published in BetaBoston and written by Dennis Keohane  discusses how companies such as Hubspot and Yesware have thriving beer cultures that engender collaboration amongst employees. We're incredibly...

Improv Asylum: Bridging the Gap Between Comedy and Entrepreneurship

Empowering innovation through improv techniques

Submitted on Jul 16, 2014 • by Erin Delaney, MassChallenge Marketing and Social Media
People usually think of comedy theater as a source of funny entertainment, however many fail to realize how the performance skillsets are also applicable to creating and maintaining a strong company culture. MassChallenge startups had the opportunity to learn important culture lessons from the...

Microsoft Welcomes Global Startups to New England

Why is Microsoft excited about startups? Civic Tech and high impact!

Submitted on Jul 11, 2014 • by Cathy Wissink, Director, Technology & Civic Engagement at Microsoft
This summer not only brings hot weather, family vacations and outdoor bootcamps to the city—it also brings the  128 MassChallenge finalists —and on behalf of Microsoft, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to New England.  

A Look Inside Mentor Matching with Goodwin Procter

On July 1st, hundreds of mentors and startups gathered at Goodwin Procter for high impact mentor matching!

Submitted on Jul 11, 2014 • by Jibran Malek, MassChallenge Marketing Manager
What does mentor matching look like? Get an inside look at the kind of compelling connections that are made between hundreds of startups and mentors with a video from one of our largest mentor matching sessions at the beautiful offices of Goodwin Procter : 

MassChallenge Boot Camp Comes to a Close!

Get a look into the opening weeks of MassChallenge 2014!

Submitted on Jul 09, 2014 • by Jibran Malek, MassChallenge Marketing Manager

Boot Camp Recap: Hubspotting your Culture with Brian Halligan

Brian Halligan, Co-Founder and CEO of Hubspot, shares insights on how he forged Hubspot's company culture.

Submitted on Jul 09, 2014 • by Erin Delaney, MassChallenge Marketing and Social Media
Brian Halligan, CEO and founder of HubSpot, discussed the management strategy of the company as well as the culture that it creates. The corporation is run like a partnership between Halligan and Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO. Halligan and Shah agree on most decisions and find it easier to...

Boot Camp Recap: Linda Stewart on Company Culture

On Day 2 of our Boot Camp, Linda Stewart encouraged startups to think about culture

Submitted on Jul 07, 2014 • by Erin Delaney, MassChallenge Marketing and Social Media
Boot Camp Recap: Linda Stewart on Company Culture “Do you want to consciously shape culture or just hope for the best?” – Linda Stewart Stewart, President and CEO of Interaction Associates , emphasized the importance of consciously building a culture, rather than trying...
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MassChallenge 2014 Boot Camp: An Overview

Marketing, Funding, Culture, Pitching - our Boot Camp was a huge success full of key learnings!

Submitted on Jul 03, 2014 • by Jibran Malek, MassChallenge Marketing Manager
Every year, we partner with Foley & Lardner to present to our Finalists a crash course in engaging with the Boston innovation community through our week long Boot Camp event. At Boot Camp, startups learn to build high-impact marketing strategies, funding strategies, pitching, and culture...
Events • Recap • Startups

Boot Camp Recap: Diane Hessan on Company Vision

Diane Hessan, Chairman of Communispace,

Submitted on Jun 27, 2014 • by Erin Delaney, MassChallenge Marketing and Social Media
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"I wanted to wake up every morning feeling like I was making a difference" On Thursday, June 26th, the 2014 MassChallenge accelerator began with Boot Camp: a jam-packed week full of inspirational speakers and educational exercises designed to encourage connections between startups...

5 Things We've Learned So Far

2014 Finalist MoringaConnect shares key lessons from their experiences working in Ghana

Submitted on Jun 25, 2014 • by Emily Cunningham, MoringaConnect Co-Founder
The following is a guest blog by Emily Cunningham of startup finalist MoringaConnect . You can follow them on twitter ( @MoringaConnect ) and shop their recently launched retail line through their website .

Meet the Interns

The crucial backbone needed to support the world's largest startup accelerator

Submitted on Jun 23, 2014 • by Erin Delaney, MassChallenge Marketing and Social Media
At MassChallenge, we wouldn't be able to accelerate 128 startups every year without an amazing group of interns. These interns were selected from a competitive pool of over 200 applicants from schools all around the nation to support MassChallenge's marketing, operations, events,...

Strengthening Youth Entrepreneurship

Observations from BUILD Boston’s 3rd annual Youth Business Plan Competition

Submitted on Jun 20, 2014 • by Summers Ford, MassChallenge Marketing and Social Media
BUILD Boston’s 3rd annual Youth Business Plan Competition was held June 7th at Suffolk University. The competition marked the culmination of a year of hard work by the program’s 9th graders and their mentors.

The "MassChallenge Bump"

2014 Finalist Amplyus writes about the boost in exposure Masshallenge provides!

Submitted on Jun 18, 2014 • by Sebastian Kraves, Ph.D.
The following is a guest blog written by Sebastian Kraves of 2014 startup Finalist, Amplyus . You can follow them on their Twitter ( @miniPCR ) and their website . 

We Need A National Day for Entrepreneurs

Let's come together and ask congress to pass H.Res 401

Submitted on Jun 16, 2014 • by Jibran Malek, MassChallenge Marketing Manager
It’s crazy that we don’t have a day to celebrate entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. For a country founded by entrepreneurial aspirations, having a day to celebrate the inspired creators that have contributed to the progress and longevity of the nation seems like a no-brainer....
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