MassChallenge Boston Names Top 26 Startups

BOSTON, October 5, 2017 MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, today announced the top 26 startups from its four-month accelerator program in Boston from its 2017 cohort of 128 companies. Representing some of the most innovative solutions across industries, the startups will now move into the final judging round, where theyll compete for shares of $1.5M in equity-free prizes.

Its amazing to see just how far these companies have progressed in such a short amount of time said Kiki Mills Johnston, Managing Director of MassChallenge Boston. With support from the Boston innovation community, each entrepreneur is equipped with the confidence to take on new challenges, the insight to navigate growth, and the network to create impact in our region and beyond. Congratulations to our top 26 companies and to our entire cohort Im looking forward to celebrating all of your achievements at the MassChallenge Awards.

Over the course of the program, 128 early-stage startups from around the world have leveraged expert mentorship, tailored curriculum, corporate partnerships and industry resources to launch and grow their companies all at zero cost and for zero equity. In addition, entrepreneurs developing physical products have also had the opportunity to bring their ideas to life in the MADE @MassChallenge R&D lab.

To select this years winners, MassChallenge Boston will tap the expertise of industry visionaries, including Joshua Boger, Steven Conine, Desh Deshpande, Gail Goodman, Emily Green, Diane Hessan, Donna Levin, Mary Jo Meisner, and Jason Robins. During this final judging round, the top 26 companies will apply what theyve learned throughout the program to demonstrate their growth and impact.

More than 1,500 leaders and innovation enthusiasts are expected to celebrate top companies at this years MassChallenge Awards, which are being held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on November 2nd at 5:00 p.m. In addition to presenting equity-free prizes, spotlighting alumni traction, and highlighting top MassChallenge Boston partners, the night will also welcome WeWork Co-Founder & CEO Adam Neumann as the keynote speaker.

MassChallenge Boston Top 26:

Adeo Health Science
Massachusetts | General/Retail/Consumer Goods
Prevents food allergies in infants.

Athletes of Valor
Massachusetts | Social Impact
Helps servicemen and women transition into collegiate sports and later into careers by providing an online platform, resources, and community.

New York | General/Retail/Consumer Goods
A humanitarian fashion brand that creates functional clothing for style and survival.

New York | High Tech
Makes event management effortless by helping businesses deliver unforgettable events with purpose.

Massachusetts | Healthcare/Life Sciences
Functional line and risk management garments for PICC and Central Lines.

Massachusetts | High Tech
Creates the sharing economy for childcare by matching local families together and placing them with Montessori-trained nannies in in-home nanny shares.

Massachusetts | High Tech
Helps governments reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism with networkable, low cost, ultra-sensitive ionizing radiation sensors.

Massachusetts | High Tech
Introduces Connect, a social-networking service that helps users build new platonic relationships, face-to-face.

Girls Health Champions
Massachusetts | Social Impact
Works to mitigate gender inequality and its impact on health outcomes by training teen girls as peer health educators.

Miracle Messages
California | Social Impact
Builds social support systems for the homeless.

Massachusetts | Healthcare/Life Sciences
Provides affordable, adjustable prosthetic limb kits for amputees and clinicians worldwide.

Massachusetts | Energy/Clean Tech
Modular and compact units that provide renewable energy and treated water in remote areas.

New York | General/Retail/Consumer Goods
Lowers e-commerce shipping costs by taking trucks off the road.

Pykus Therapeutics
Massachusetts | Healthcare/Life Sciences
Developing a dissolvable intraocular device to make retinal surgery less painful and more successful.

Reveal Pharma
Massachusetts | Healthcare/Life Sciences
Addresses the $1B need for safe gadolinium-free MRI contrast agents for all patients who need crucial diagnostic imaging.

Massachusetts | Healthcare/Life Sciences
A machine-learning platform that translates data from small molecules into the right therapeutics for the right patients.

Massachusetts | General/Retail/Consumer Goods
Revolutionizes the wearables industry with 3D Fit technology that automatically measures, designs, and produces bespoke products.

Massachusetts | Social Impact
Connects untapped talent to in-demand jobs.

The Puffin
Massachusetts | High Tech
Enhances the lives of people with disabilities by creating assistive tech that facilitates community inclusion and employment opportunities.

UrSure Inc.
Massachusetts | Healthcare/Life Sciences
Makes medical diagnostics to protect vulnerable patients from HIV infections.

Vence Corp
California | General/Retail/Consumer Goods
A hardware and software solution for livestock farmers which increases revenues, eliminates fencing costs/capex and reduces labor expenses.

New York | Healthcare/Life Sciences
Creates an affordable and portable solution that allows for rapid screening of medication quality.

Connecticut | Healthcare/Life Sciences
Commercializes personalized cancer immunotherapies for pets.

Massachusetts | High Tech
A mobile election platform, secured via smart biometrics, real-time ID verification, and the blockchain for irrefutability.

Massachusetts | High Tech
Develops a smart and compact weight lifting system that empowers athletes to reach their limits.

Massachusetts | Social Impact
Interrupts a generation of chronic homelessness by providing sanctuary from the streets and supportive pathways out of homelessness.

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About MassChallenge:
MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, industries, and regions around the world. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK; and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact – driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $2 billion in funding, generated approximately $900 million in revenue, and created over 65,000 total jobs. For more information, please visit

Top MassChallenge Boston Partners:
Altria, Autodesk, The Boston Consulting Group, The Boston Foundation, CASIS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CVS Health, Deshpande Foundation, Draper, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Fidelity Investments, FM Global, GE, Henkel, Honda, Jamestown, John Hancock, Microsoft, Molex, P&G, PAN Communications, PepsiCo, PTC, Stanley Black & Decker, and Swiss Re.