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Where do the 1600+ startups come from?

Contrary to popular belief, the “Mass” in MassChallenge does not stand for “Massachusetts.” In fact, a fun secret about MassChallenge is that it actually stands for “massive!” How massive? The map doesn’t lie:


We’re excited that startups from over 50 countries around the world applied to the MassChallenge accelerator this year. From the USA to Brazil, and from Russia to Ghana, we’re proud to be a resource for entrepreneurs all over the globe.

This awesome increase in number in reach was no small effort, and we couldn’t have done it without some amazing partners. Several different organizations and institutions promoted and helped to refer top startups to our program. They are, in no particular order:

IDEA NEU Betaspring Boston New Tech
Clean Tech Open Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) Entrepreneurial Spark, Scotland
Greenhorn Connect Grasshopper INNOVATEBoston
New England Venture Capital Association Tech Cocktail WPI Venture Forum
Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator WorkBar Brown Entrepreneurship Club
MASSTLC MITX Boston University
Lean Startup Challenge Valley Venture Mentors Merrimack Valley Sandbox
TiE Boston The Grommet
MIT Global Challenge
Swissnex M2D2 Tufts 100K
MIT-CHIEF IBM Deshpande Foundation
Hubspot Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Anything Goes Lab
Pivotdesk Ideapaint Cofounders Lab

Along with all of these awesome promotional partners, we also recieved help from each of our 489 alumni startup companies. We’re incredibly honored to be a part of such an inspired and collaborative community. With referrals from such great partners, the 2014 crew of finalist startups are sure to make a huge impact!

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