MassChallenge Boston Unveils Top 26 Startups

The top 26 will now move onto the final judging round, where theyll have the opportunity to win shares of more than $1 million in zero-equity grants. In addition, CASIS and Boeing will award $500,000 to fund research projects on the International Space Station. Winners will be announced at the MassChallenge Awards on November 2nd at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Its been incredible to watch all of our 2016 startups grow into stronger, smarter, and more sustainable businesses throughout the program, said Scott Bailey, Managing Director of MassChallenge Boston. Im so proud of our top 26, which represent some of the most promising technologies across sectors including healthcare, high tech, and clean energy, and am thankful for the support of the entire entrepreneurial community in Boston. Im looking forward to celebrating our startups achievements and demonstrating the impact of our citys connected ecosystem on November 2nd.

Over the past four months, the 2016 Boston cohort has been working with mentors to refine their businesses, connecting with corporate and nonprofit organizations to explore partnership opportunities, and attending workshops to learn more about product/market fit, pitching, and fundraising.

Now, the top 26 will take what theyve learned and put it into action to impress industry experts and visionaries, including Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox and President of Xerox Innovation Group, Joshua Boger, Ph.D., Founder and former CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Desh Deshpande, Trustee of Deshpande Foundation and President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, and more.

More than 1,500 startup enthusiasts and leaders from the global innovation ecosystem are anticipated to attend the November 2nd event to celebrate the winners. In addition to unveiling these startups, the MassChallenge Awards will also welcome Chobani Founder & CEO Hamdi Ulukaya as the keynote speaker.


MassChallenge Boston Top 26:

USA – Massachusetts | High Tech
Materials company that uses patented magnetic alignment technology to create the most complex composites to date.

Adhesys Medical
USA – Texas|Healthcare/Life Sciences
Next generation surgical glues based on polyurethane. Fast, strong, flexible, and biodegradable, it can be used in unprecedented surgeries.

Analytical Space
USA – Massachusetts|General
In-orbit data relay service that enables satellite operators to increase data throughput at a lower cost per GB with no hardware changes.

AR Spirit
USA – Massachusetts|High Tech
Brings imagination into real life with a full 3D augmented reality platform via your mobile phone.

Battery Resourcers, LLC
USA – Massachusetts|Energy/Clean Tech
Recycles spent li-ion battery to directly synthesize new cathode materials, which can be used in new batteries.

USA – Massachusetts|High Tech
Software solution company for the beauty industry.

USA – Massachusetts| Healthcare/Life Sciences
With brainwave controlled robotic prosthesis, BrainRobotics brings the control back to you and empowers you to live life to the fullest.

Coeo Labs Private Limited
India|Healthcare/Life Sciences
Medical device company solving unmet clinical needs in emergency and critical care through device interventions.

CoolComposites, Inc.
USA – Massachusetts|Energy/Clean Tech
Uses materials chemistry to make buildings more energy efficient without making them more expensive.

Electra Vehicles, Inc.
USA – Massachusetts|Energy/Clean Tech
Planning to bring the electric vehicle market to the next level with innovative power solutions.

Korea|High Tech
Secures Internet of Things with an affordable micro quantum random number generator using radioisotope to replace less secure software.

Farmer Willies Alcoholic Ginger Beer
USA – Massachusetts|General
Ginger with soul. Their all natural recipe is the best ginger beer you will ever find.

USA – Massachusetts|Social Impact
Joulez fuses arts and crafts with electronics to create fun and educational gadgets that inspire girls to get excited about STEM.

USA – Massachusetts|Healthcare/Life Sciences
Uses emerging, proprietary virtual reality technology to enhance vision, treat visual disorders, and improve quality of life.

USA – Massachusetts|Healthcare/Life Sciences
Digital mental health through mobile bioresponsive videogames.

USA – Massachusetts|High Tech
Door-to-door outreach software for solar companies, home improvement groups, cable companies, non-profits and political organizations.

QSM Diagnostics, Inc.
USA – Massachusetts|Healthcare/Life Sciences
Uses a proprietary instrument-sensor to identify common infectious bacteria in bodily fluids within one minute at the point-of-care.

USA – Massachusetts|High Tech
Redefineshow consumers finance their homes and delivers lower rates to borrowers through its network of local lenders.

Sea Machines Robotics
USA – Massachusetts|High Tech
Developing Autonomous Control & Navigation Systems for marine vessels.

Signature Orthodontics
USA – Massachusetts|Healthcare/Life Sciences

USA – Massachusetts|Social Impact
Grows the market for clean energy by providing community-shared solar power to Americans that cannot install it on their own roof.

USA – Massachusetts|High Tech
TapLink’s technology, called “blind hashing” is a completely new way to secure passwords, and protect customer data.

USA – Massachusetts|General
Applied science company that turns satellite imagery and other Earth data into the basis for better decisions.

Tembo Education
USA – Florida |Social Impact
Created a Home Educator network using mobile phones to educate children ages 6 and younger living in slums.

Tranquilo, LLC
USA – Massachusetts|General
Portable soothing mat that calms crying babies in seconds by mimicking the sounds and motions of the womb.

Whole Heart Provisions
USA – Massachusetts|General
Fast-casual, plant-based culinary startup serving delicious, fast, and environmentally conscious food.


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Top MassChallenge Boston Partners Include:
Fidelity Investments, IBM, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Microsoft, Bose, CASIS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Deshpande Foundation, Jamestown, The Boston Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, American Airlines, L’Oreal, Swiss Re, PepsiCo, Boehringer Ingelheim, EMC, Henkel, Sunovion, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Vertex, PTC, MassMutual, Pfizer, John Hancock, CVS Health, Analog Devices, Autodesk, and Honda.