Press Releases

MassChallenge Israel Announces Its First-Ever Class

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming some of the world’s highest-impact startups to our Israel accelerator in July,” said Israel Ganot, MassChallenge Israel Managing Director. “Through a rigorous and objective process, our judges, who are innovation leaders and top industry experts from the Israeli ecosystem, have chosen the best of the best.

The Boston Consulting Group and MassChallenge Announce New Partnership

MassChallenge has deep experience helping the world’s largest brands gain access to the most exciting and innovative startups. Leveraging its global network of accelerators, MassChallenge supports the highest-impact and highest-potential startups from a wide variety of industries.  

Microsoft and MassChallenge Announce Bridge to MassChallenge Australia

Bridge to MassChallenge Australia will include a nationwide startup competition to identify the highest-impact and highest-potential startups in the country. The top startups will receive intensive mentorship and training at boot camps in Australia. Next, Australian and international judges will select the top startups from the boot camps to participate in a further bespoke boot camp at one of the five MassChallenge accelerator locations around the world, which include Boston, the United Kingdom, Israel, Switzerland, and Mexico. 

Masschallenge Boston Opens Applications for 2016 Program

MassChallenge also announced the launch of MassChallenge Mexico, its fifth accelerator program globally, which will be located in Mexico City. Camila Lecaros has been appointed as the new Managing Director for MassChallenge Mexico. Applications will open for MassChallenge Mexico May 19th. 

Applications Open for MassChallenge Switzerland with Up to CHF 1 Million in Awards

The announcement took place at the first-ever MassChallenge World Startup Summit held in collaboration with the 2016 LIFT Conference, where top MassChallenge alumni participated in a pitch competition to win equity-free cash prizes totaling $10,000. All participating MassChallenge teams were inducted into the new MassChallenge Hall of Fame. Swiss startups also participated in a pitch competition.

MassChallenge Launches Newest Global Accelerator in Israel with Goal to Support 100 Startups in First Two Years

The accelerator combines MassChallenge’s no-equity, competition-based model with Israel’s dynamic innovation ecosystem. While based in Jerusalem, the accelerator focuses on promising startups across all of Israel, and also serves as an attractive entry-point for entrepreneurs all over the world who are eager to access Israel’s thriving environment for startups.

MassChallenge Expands Global Accelerator Network into Switzerland

Four founding partners are supporting the MassChallenge Switzerland launch: Bühler Group, already a diamond sponsor of MassChallenge in Boston, Nestlé, Inartis Foundation and Swiss Economic Forum.

“Switzerland is a well-established leader for innovation and industry,” said MassChallenge Founder and CEO John Harthorne. “Launching a new accelerator in Switzerland that is connected with our other global hubs will dramatically expand the open innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Switzerland, as well as greatly enhance the MassChallenge network in Europe.”

MassChallenge Boston Celebrates Highest-Impact Startups from 2015

Over 1,500 members of the Boston startup community gathered to celebrate entrepreneurship at the sixth-annual MassChallenge Boston Awards Ceremony. The event featured a showcase of the 128 MassChallenge Boston startups, pitches from the top 26, and speeches from DraftKings CEO and Co-Founder Jason Robins, Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh.

MassChallenge Expands Global Accelerator Network into Jerusalem

Key sponsors funding the expansion of MassChallenge Israel include the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, Jerusalem Development Authority, the City of Jerusalem, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, The Kraft Group, Bank Hapoalim, EMC and Herzog Fox Ne’eman. Earlier this year, MassChallenge announced that Israel Ganot, founder of Gazelle and veteran executive at eBay and PayPal, will lead MassChallenge Israel as Managing Director.