MassChallenge Announces New Partnership with Top VC Law Firm Gunderson Dettmer 

Boston, MA March 28, 2024: MassChallenge, a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs with bold, disruptive ideas from non-traditional backgrounds, is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with Gunderson Dettmer, a law firm dedicated to innovation and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. This collaboration combines MassChallenge’s unique equity-free accelerator model with Gunderson Dettmer’s expertise in legal counsel for high-growth companies in the tech and life sciences sectors.

“Gunderson Dettmer brings a wealth of legal expertise and a deep understanding of the innovation ecosystem,” said Will Magruder, Vice President of Partnerships at MassChallenge. “This partnership is expected to offer MassChallenge participants unparalleled access to legal advice and support, further enhancing the accelerator’s ability to foster the development of high-impact startups.”

Gunderson Dettmer has a keen focus on the innovation economy. By serving in venture capital and growth industries, this partnership is uniquely tailored to support early-stage founders through MassChallenge programs and providing expert resources, mentorship, and visibility. Accessibility to a variety of resources through corporate and ecosystem partners helps founders gain democratized access to capital and connectivity within our global network. The partnership with Gunderson Dettmer further expands MassChallenge’s reach into building partnerships in both traditional and non-traditional institutions to create meaningful change.

“We are thrilled to advise future cohorts of high-growth companies with MassChallenge. The MC team has a notable reputation for developing and empowering entrepreneurs. In collaboration with Gunderson Dettmer’s Boston team, led by partners Laura Stoffel and David Horne, companies will receive the support and guidance to reach that next level to drive innovation.”

About Gunderson Dettmer

Gunderson Dettmer is the preeminent international law firm with an exclusive focus on the innovation economy. The firm serves market-leading venture capital and growth equity investors and pioneering companies through inception, growth and maturity, as well as groundbreaking public companies that result from the global venture capital ecosystem. The firm’s clear-cut focus and well-honed technical skill enables an accelerated pace and unmatched efficiency, delivering best-in-class value at each phase of a client’s business.

About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is the global network for innovators. Headquartered in the United States with eight locations worldwide, it is the non-profit’s mission to help bold entrepreneurs disrupt the status quo and create sustainable change. Since launching in 2009, MassChallenge has run programs in 24 countries, supported more than 4,300 startups from around the world, and awarded over $18M in equity-free cash and prizes. Learn more about MassChallenge at