MassChallenge Boston

MassChallenge Boston is a premier early-stage startup accelerator program. Our unique model is industry agnostic, allowing us to select and support the highest potential innovators from all sectors. Whether working on breakthrough advances in data security or using AI technology to drive health outcomes, our entrepreneurs are at the leading edge of their field.

Program Benefits

  • Zero cost and for zero equity. In fact, we give away up to $1M in cash prizes and $20K in scholarships
  • Connections to leading experts and mentors, top corporate innovation teams, and our deep network of investors
  • Evidence-based and tailored curriculum designed to help you excel in each stage of your early lifecycle
  • 18,000 square feet of collaborative office space located in the heart of Boston's Innovation District
  • Join the network of over 2,000 alumni worldwide
  • Scholarships from our partner organizations. Learn more here.
  • Find more information and answers to frequently asked questions here.

Timeline

Applications Open

23 January 2019

Applications Close

15 March 2019

Judging

April - May 2019

Finalist Announcement

15 May 2019

Accelerator Program

June - October 2019

MassChallenge Boston Awards

24 October 2019

As MassChallenge’s flagship program, MassChallenge Boston has 10 years of proven experience accelerating early-stage startups across industries and catalyzing meaningful connections within its world-class network of multinational businesses, innovators, funders, and public sector leaders.

Since 2010 Masschallenge Continues to Accelerate

2,344

Startups Accelerated

$5B

Funding Raised

$15.4M 

Cash Prizes Awarded

$2.7B

Revenue Generated

136,000

Jobs Created

How to Apply?

Learn more here!

 

For Partner Benefits, you can find more information here.

 

 

"Our mentors really pushed us to take the next step with our company. As MassChallenge grows, they have a bigger and bigger network that we can leverage. Making that step and seeing the impact our product had was incredible." 

Erin Keaney, COO of Nonspec, Boston Cohort 2017 

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Cait Brumme
Managing Director

Caitlin Reimers Brumme is the Managing Director of MassChallenge Boston. Prior to MassChallenge, Caitlin led the Impact Collaboratory at the Harvard Business School, a multi-faceted effort to develop world class academic leadership on the topic of “Investing in the 21st Century” including sustainable, ESG and impact investing. Caitlin holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and a B.A.

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FAQs

What does MassChallenge look for in a startup?

MassChallenge judges look for high-impact startups, with a viable path to success and some traction/progress in their plans.

Do you fund companies that are competitive with each other?

MassChallenge Boston is an industry agnostic accelerator that supports early-stage startups across industries. We rely on our community of expert judges to select the highest-potential solutions – regardless of whether startups are in direct or indirect competition with each other. 

Do I have to be in the MassChallenge location for the entire 4-month period?

MassChallenge Boston does not require startups to work full time out of its Boston office, however it is highly recommended given the rigorous programming, active mentorship, and serendipitous encounters that happen often in the space. 

How do you choose which companies to accept into the program?

Acceptance is determined by our diverse community of expert judges who have been recruited and trained to identify the highest-impact startups across industries.  

Where will we live while we’re there?

Many of our startups live in Greater Boston or neighboring cities like Cambridge and Somerville. Once accepted, startups will have access to a list of resources to support their housing search. 

Do I need to send in a business plan?

While a formal business plan is not required to apply, many elements will be incorporated into the application, including the problem, solution, and impact of your venture. Should a startup advance into further judging rounds, a slide deck will be required for the 20-minute in-person pitch. 

What is your policy on intellectual property protection?

Protection of intellectual property rights (ex. patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, etc.) of your concept is your responsibility and your responsibility alone. If you have an idea or product that you might want to patent, we strongly recommend speaking to a lawyer before submitting information about this idea to MassChallenge.

Information you include in your application will be shared with the set of expert judges that review your application. Please note that these judges do NOT sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). Therefore, you should not include any information in your application that you feel could be harmful to your company should that information be disclosed.

Note that applying to MassChallenge is very similar to presenting your idea to potential investors. Very few investors (Venture Capitalists or "angel investors") will agree to sign an NDA before even hearing your initial pitch. It is up to you to determine the right balance between sharing enough information to get people interested and to give you credibility - and sharing information that could potentially be damaging to your company if it were to be disclosed.

 

 

 

Mission

MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world.