Celebrating diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship.


EMPOWER@ celebrates diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship.

At MassChallenge, diversity and inclusion are the norm – not the exception – because we believe that game-changing ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. We focus on attracting the highest quality startups, regardless of their demographics or backgrounds, and startups are judged and accepted based on their merits.

Curriculum and Support

With the launch of EMPOWER@, MassChallenge cements our commitment to support entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. Through EMPOWER@, we work with startup founders to create programming that supports their unique needs. The first initiative under the EMPOWER@ umbrella is our Women Founders Network (formerly Women in MassChallenge).

Over the past seven years, 38% of MassChallenge’s accelerated startups have been founded by women. Those female-founded startups have raised $379 million and 92% are still active or have been acquired.

Zipporah's Story

Zipporah joined MassChallenge and we helped make her dreams for change reality.

EMPOWER@ Women Founders Network

The Women Founders Network is a holistic program designed to develop and further empower female founders. Through it, MassChallenge will provide access to mentors and investors and create programming that addresses the biggest challenges female founders face today.

If you're a female founder and want to make an impact, MassChallenge is committed to help you succeed, apply today.
For more information about EMPOWER@ and the Women Founders Network, email us.


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