We kicked off the ceremony with some remarks from our CEO, John Harthorne:
“It is good for all of us when entrepreneurs launch startups”. John reaffirmed MassChallenge’s commitment to its no-strings attached, no-equity model. He also discussed MassChallenge’s goal of launching in ten cities all over the globe by 2019, beginning with London in December. “Take a meeting with an entrepreneur”, John said, “give them advice and help them grow.”
We asked some supporters in attendance at the event for their impressions:
“This was a great milestone for MassChallenge and I’m thrilled to be here.” – Diane Hessan, Chairman of Communispace
“MassChallenge’s ringing of the opening bell is a testament to their impact on the entrepreneurial community. With the program now having several thousand jobs created and millions of dollars of funding and revenue, the future looks bright for MassChallenge, its startups, partners, and sponsors.” – Jay Singh, Founder and CEO of 2013 Alum ViralGains
Check out the Storify below to see all the action! A huge thanks to NASDAQ and to the entire MassChallenge community of startups, partners, sponsors, mentors, judges, and supporters. We couldn’t have done this without you.