MassChallenge Boston Announces Top 26 Startups Competing for $1.5 Million in Cash Awards

Our entrepreneurs had a game-changing summer and Im very proud of all of the 2015 finalists, said MassChallenge Founder and CEO John Harthorne. These top 26 startups are poised to make a tremendous impact across a variety of industries from transportation to healthcare to robotics. Each of these startups has great potential, and I look forward to celebrating their achievements with the community at the Awards Ceremony.
Judges will select 10-20 startups from the top 26 who will win equity-free, non-dilutive grants of either $50,000 or $100,000, totaling $1 million. CASIS and Boeing will also award approximately $500,000 to MassChallenge Boston startups to fund research projects on the International Space Station.
The 2015 final judges include industry leaders and visionaries Josh Boger (Vertex Pharmaceuticals Founder), Desh Deshpande (Deshpande Foundation Founder), Sandra Fenwick (Boston Children’s Hospital President and CEO), Gail Goodman (Constant Contact CEO) and others.
In addition to distributing the $1.5 million in awards, the 2015 Awards Ceremony will include pitches from the 26 startups and a showcase of all 128 MassChallenge Boston finalists. Featured speakers at the ceremony will include Chobani Founder & CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
MassChallenge also announced updated impact metrics for its 835 alumni startups, including the 218 from its 2015 cohorts in Boston and London. Since its first program in 2010, MassChallenge startups have raised over $1.3 billion in funding, generated over $575 million in revenue and created over 8,500 jobs.
Ajiri Tea (@AjiriTea)
USA: PA | General
Ajiri aims to create a sustainable cycle of employment and education. And, of course, a delicious cup of Kenyan Coffee and Tea!
AquaFresco (@AquaFrescoLab)
USA: MA | Energy / Clean Tech
AquaFresco is developing the next generation close-loop laundry technology that regenerates 95% of wastewater.
USA: CT | Healthcare / Life Sciences
Biorasis is developing a biosensor that will vastly improve the quality of life of diabetics and restore their active lifestyle.
BovControl (@BovControl)
Brazil | High Tech
Empowering livestock ranchers with reliable herd information that improves efficiency and boost profitability.
Cogentis Therapeutics (@cogentistx)
USA: MD | Healthcare / Life Sciences
Cogentis Therapeutics is working on a novel and potential disease-modifying peptide therapeutic for Alzheimer’s, FTD, and Parkinson’s.
danger!awesome (@dangerawesome)
USA: MA | General
Design and fabrication makerspace producing short-run manufacturing, customization, prototyping, collateral, and event swag for B2B and B2C.
Estrenon (@estrenon)
Mexico | Social Impact
Estrenon pioneers the “reuse clothing movement” in Latin America through dignifying stores that empower the people to improve their lives.
Hydroswarm (@hydroswarm)
USA: MA | High Tech
Teams of small, autonomous, underwater robots + cheap sensors + modern mesh networks = a revolution in maritime commerce and security.
Hyliion (@hyliion)
USA: MA | Energy / Clean Tech
Hyliion is creating an add-on hybrid module for tractor trailers that will reduce fuel consumption by 30% with a payback of under a year.
LaunchPad Medical (@launchpadmed)
USA: MA | Healthcare / Life Sciences
LaunchPad Medical brings to you Tetranite, the world’s first synthetic bone adhesive to stabilize metal hardware and repair fractured bone.
Lumii (@LumiiDisplay)
USA: MA | High Tech
Glasses-free 3D that works. Lumii light field displays: intuitive depth in the native format of your brain.
USA: MA | High Tech
Restaurants and Suppliers rely on fax-phones-email to manage 1B orders a year; Nix86’s B2B cloud solution modernizes it all with ease.
Obz Design (@obz_design)
USA: MA | Social Impact
Obz Design is changing global healthcare: better anemia diagnostics today, 600 million healthier children tomorrow!
USA: NH | General
Orange Photonics LightLab: affordable, fast marijuana potency analyzer. An essential tool for the $10 billion legal marijuana industry.
Pavlok (@pavlok)
USA: MA | High Tech
Current fitness bands track the steps you take—but they don’t change your behavior. Pavlok CHANGES behavior-and measurably forms habits.
Recon Therapeutics (@recontherapy)
USA: MA | Healthcare / Life Sciences
Recon Therapeutics has developed a new drug delivery technology that simplifies reconstitution of a lyophilized drug with solvent at the POC.
RubyRide (@RideRuby)
USA: AZ | General
RideRuby Structured Transportation: People experience proximity by ease of access, not distance. We create proximity by improving access.
USA: MA | Social Impact
SHRI fights alongside communities to end outdoor defecation in an ongoing struggle for health equity and social and economic justice.
SidelineSwap (@SidelineSwap)
USA: NY | High Tech
SidelineSwap is a marketplace where people connect to buy, sell, and trade sporting goods.
Six Foods (@SixFoods)
USA: MA | General
Six Foods is normalizing insects as a sustainable food. Try Chirps, a cricket chip that has more protein per serving than an egg.
Spoiler Alert (@MySpoilerAlert)
USA: MA | Social Impact
Spoiler Alert is a B2B marketplace and reporting tool to help businesses manage wasted food, improve margins, and fight food insecurity.
TVision Insights (@TVisionInsights)
USA: MA | General
At TVision Insights, we leverage state of art computer vision technology to redefine TV rating for new generation TV
Unshrinkit (@Unshrinkit)
USA: MA | General
Finally, the emergency sweater saver is here. Unshrinkit helps unshrink wool clothing that accidentally shrunk in the washer or dryer.
Virtudent (@Virtudent)
USA: MA | Healthcare / Life Sciences
Virtudent – bringing high quality dental care right to your office.
World Tech Makers (@worldtechmaker)
Colombia | Social Impact
World Tech Makers is the first on-site and immersive coding bootcamp in Latin America. We teach anyone how to code from scratch in 12 weeks.
XactSense (@XactSense)
USA: RI | Social Impact
XactSense builds LIDAR scanning UAVs for the $270B geospatial industry our scanning robots make the next generation of 3D maps in minutes.
About MassChallenge:
MassChallenge runs startup accelerators designed to catalyze a global renaissance by connecting high-impact startups with the resources they need to launch and succeed. Anyone can apply to MassChallenge, with any early-stage startup, in any industry, from anywhere in the world. MassChallenge does not take equity or place any restrictions on the startups it supports.
With programs in Boston, Israel and the UK, MassChallenge provides entrepreneurs with mentorship, office space, education, access to a vast network, and other resources during four months of acceleration. MassChallenge awards over $2 million in non-dilutive grants to the startups demonstrating the highest impact and highest potential. A nonprofit organization, MassChallenge is funded by corporate, public and foundation partners. To date, the 835 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.3 billion in funding, generated over $575 million in revenue and created over 8,500 jobs. For more information, visit
Top MassChallenge Boston partners include: Fidelity Investments, Verizon, Microsoft, Bose, IBM, the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, CASIS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Deshpande Foundation, Jamestown, The Boston Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Bler, American Airlines, Boehringer Ingelheim, EMC, Henkel, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, iNNpulsa Colombia, Zapopan, Pfizer, Smith & Nephew, Turnstone, WGBH Boston, John Hancock, CVS Health, and Honda.
MADE@ MassChallenge Sponsors include: Jabil, Lightspeed MFG, MassDevelopment, Analog Devices, Arrow, and Autodesk.
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