Our entrepreneurs had a rigorous summer and Im very proud of all startups from the 2014 class, said MassChallenge Founder and President Akhil Nigam. These top 26 startups are poised to make a tremendous impact across a variety of industries from healthcare to education to clean technology. While the final judges will have a difficult task ahead of them, we can all agree that each of these startups has great potential.
Judges will select 10-20 startups from the top 26 who will win grants of either $50,000 or $100,000, totaling $1 million. MassChallenge partners will also award an additional $775,000 via five sidecar prizes sponsored by CASIS and Boeing, the John W. Henry Family Foundation, Microsoft, MassIT and Perkins School for the Blind.
The 2014 final judges include industry leaders and visionaries Josh Boger (Vertex Pharmaceuticals Founder), Desh Deshpande (Deshpande Foundation Founder), Amy Schulman (former Business Unit Lead of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare) and others.
In addition the $1.75+ million of awards, the 2014 Awards Ceremony will include pitches from the 26 startups below and a showcase of all 128 MassChallenge finalists. Featured speakers at the ceremony will include Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Ice Bucket Challenge creator Nancy Frates, and Innovation Hub Host Kara Miller.
MASSCHALLENGE 2014 TOP 26 STARTUPS
This June, 128 startups entered the fifth annual MassChallenge global startup accelerator, receiving mentorship and training, office space and other benefits, all with no equity taken. The 128 startups were selected from a record pool of over 1,650 applicants from 50 countries and 40 states.
MassChallenge is the worlds largest startup accelerator and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Over $1 million in cash prizes is awarded to winning startups, with zero equity taken. Additional benefits for startups include world-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, legal advice, media attention, and over $10 million of in-kind support. MassChallenge is a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit; all proceeds support the startup accelerator and MassChallenge does not take equity or place any restrictions on any of the participating startups.
MassChallenge top partners include: Jamestown, Fidelity Investments, Verizon, Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, CASIS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Deshpande Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Thomson Reuters, Skolkovo Foundation, American Airlines, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bose, Henkel, iNNpulsa Colombia, Mass Tech Collaborative, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Microsoft, Pfizer, Turnstone, WGBH Boston, and Zapopan.
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