Israel

Based on the same proven model as the MassChallenge Boston and UK accelerator programs, MassChallenge Israel launched in Jerusalem in January 2016.

  • MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet.
  • No-equity, not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping startups across any industry.
  • 4 months of world-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding and media and more.
  • Based in Jerusalem, the accelerator focuses on promising startups across all of Israel, and will also serve as an attractive entry-point for entrepreneurs all over the world who are eager to access Israel’s thriving innovation economy.

 

Benefits

MassChallenge Israel connects high-impact early stage startups from all over the world with mentors, partners and investors – while providing free no-strings-attached support during the 4-month accelerator period in Jerusalem.

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JUDGING PROCESS

MassChallenge’s scale means our programs can connect entrepreneurs with amazing resources from our massive network of partners and influencers. MassChallenge Israel has recruited high-quality judges from various industries to form our judge and mentor pool. Our expert judges identify the highest-impact, most-viable startups through two rounds of judging. 
 
Round 1 takes places online, with a written web application. The startups that are invited to Round 2 judging have the opportunity to pitch in person in front of a panel of judges. The high-potential startups that most impress the judges are then invited to participate as finalists.
 
Following four months of acceleration, finalist startups apply and pitch again during final judging, where the winning startups will share the cash prizes.

ELIGIBILITY

Your company must be a seed- or early-stage startup. As we define it, this means you probably haven’t raised over $500K of investment, and probably don’t have more than $1M in annual revenue. You can still apply if you exceed these guidelines – a special judging panel will review your application to determine if you are 'early stage.'

KEY DATES

  • Israel Applications Launch – January 25, 2016 
  • Israel Applications Deadline - March 31, 2016
  • Round 1 Judging – April 2016
  • Round 2 Judging – May 2016
  • Finalists Announced – May 19, 2016
  • Accelerate Finalists – July – October 2016
  • Final Judging – Mid-October 2016
  • Awards Ceremony – Late October 2016

In the news

From Globes: “The MassChallenge figures are impressive. Since it was founded, in 2010, graduates of the program have raised some $472 million for 489 companies that they founded. They have already generated about $194 million revenue, and the total value of the companies is over $2 billion. 3,928 jobs have been created as a result of the accelerator's activity, two thirds of them in the state of Massachusetts.”

From Times Of Israel: “Massachusetts is home to an amazing array of start-ups and our entrepreneurial ecosystem is one of the strongest in the nation,” said Governor Deval Patrick, announcing the finalists. “Through programs like MassChallenge, Massachusetts is able to extend an open invitation for the world’s highest-impact, highest-potential start-ups to grow their ideas in our commonwealth.”

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