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Written by Kelly O’Halloran

Most accelerator programs support a handful of companies, with 10 or so as the sweet spot. But a new Austin accelerator launching in April wants to support eight times that number.

MassChallenge, the largest startup accelerator in the world, will kick off its Texas program next month with a whopping 84 startups locked in for its inaugural class.

With that many companies, ample support for every individual founder might seem fleeting at first glance. But Mike Millard, MassChallenge Texass managing director, said there are systems in place to ensure those needs are met across the board.

Before the cohort even starts we survey the entrepreneurs to understand what they need, and then we do our best to connect them with our network of Fortune 500 companies, mentors, resources and investors, said Millard. Its a big undertaking, but thats what makes it part of the fun.

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