Press Releases

MassChallenge Takes Next Step Toward Establishing New Startup Accelerator Program Location in Mexico

“We have had some top-notch startups from Mexico participate in the MassChallenge program in Boston and we know the vast potential that exists there,” said MassChallenge Founder and CEO John Harthorne. “MassChallenge recognizes the talent, innovation and creativity in Mexico and Latin America, which is ideal for a new accelerator program. We are excited to move forward with plans to establish a full program in the region.”

MassChallenge Appoints Former Microsoft UK’s Startup Lead Diane Perlman as New Global Chief Marketing Officer

Perlman comes to MassChallenge from Microsoft UK, where she founded the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London, which has since graduated 37 startups through the programme. With deep marketing and communications experience in the startup, entrepreneurship and technology sector, Perlman will complement MassChallenge’s existing executive team as the organisation continues its rapid global growth.

MassChallenge Announces Global Board of Advisors

The global board’s role is to help advise MassChallenge on its global strategy and expansion plans.

Global Accelerator MassChallenge Celebrates Industry High for Number of Female Founders

The latest reports to come out for the industry as a whole estimate that 18% of startups overall have at least one female founder (source: TechCrunch and Crunchbase).

MassChallenge Extends Global Reach with Record Number of Applicants

Applicants for both 2015 programs can be viewed here (note: stealth entrants not visible to the public):

MassChallenge Scholarship Program Empowers Entrepreneurs to Participate in 2015 Accelerator Program

“Our goal with these scholarships is to help support emerging industries,” said MassChallenge Boston Managing Director Scott Bailey, “We understand the difficulties that these companies face and hope this will provide some financial relief so they can come to Boston to focus on their startups this Summer.” 

Women’s iLab Partners with MassChallenge to Encourage More Female Entrepreneurs

Women's iLab will sponsor several seats leading up to the 2015 accelerator for aspiring female entrepreneurs who will work out of the MassChallenge offices and tap into the accelerator’s vast resources – including mentorship, training, access to funding, legal advice, and media outreach.

MassChallenge Launches Global Applications for No-Equity Startup Accelerator Programs

The 2015 MassChallenge programs are expected to attract more applicants than ever before. Approximately 200 startups will participate in the four-month accelerators in Boston and London, receiving free resources and opportunities, including mentorship, office space, and access to a global network. Finalist startups will compete for millions in non-dilutive cash awards: over $1.5 million in MassChallenge Boston and up to £500 thousand (~$760 thousand) in MassChallenge UK.