MassChallenge Announces NATO DIANA Cohort

The Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) announced 44 startups into its inaugural cohort today, twelve of which will be hosted at the MassChallenge Headquarters in Boston in 2024.

“MassChallenge is honored to serve as an accelerator site for NATO DIANA in its pilot year, leveraging its ecosystems local to Boston, across the United States, and around the globe to support this cohort of small businesses, their entrepreneurs, and their technologies.” shared Vijay Sekhara, Director of Strategic Partnerships. “Both the organization and its dual-use community are ready to deliver valuable resources to successfully scale solutions through both commercial and defense markets in support of our shared aim toward global security.”

DIANA will focus on identifying, developing, and deploying dual use emerging and disruptive technologies (EDTs) to address a series of interconnected and multifaceted security challenges including climate change, the scarcity of resources, economic instability, and hostile threats.

“By supporting the brightest and best start-ups and innovators across the NATO Alliance, DIANA is helping to maintain NATO’s technological edge, and make our societies and economies more resilient,” said NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană. He added: “New technologies are changing the character of conflict, making NATO’s cooperation with the industry essential to ensure the defence of the Alliance against ever more sophisticated threats.”

MassChallenge is excited to welcome Marine Thinking, McGuire Aero Propulsion Systems, VanWyn (Canada); SOTIRIA Tech (Greece); Water Linked (Norway); Spacelis (Türkiye);  Grayscale AI, Ionate (United Kingdom); aRobotics, Ephos, Hushmesh, and OWL Integrations (United States).

“MassChallenge is proud to be part of this critical international effort to connect the power of startup-led innovation to the mission of NATO to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.” shared MassChallenge CEO, Cait Brumme. “Uncommon outcomes require uncommon partnerships.”

The initiative serves as the innovation accelerator for NATO and will engage entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, and investors across the Alliance of 31 member nations to provide startups with access to subject matter expertise, testing environments, acquisition best practices, grant funding, and business development resources.

MassChallenge was selected earlier this year as one of eleven accelerator sites to host a selection of accepted small businesses to deliver curriculum, mentorship, and support to their entrepreneurs. The organization joins the BioInnovation Institute Deep Tech Lab (Copenhagen), Pacific Northwest Mission Accelerator Center (Seattle), the Technolpol Startup Incubator (Tallinn), and TakeOff (Turin) in the pilot year.

MassChallenge will host the Boston DIANA Launch January 24-25 at its Seaport Boston Headquarters. More information will be available soon.

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