MassChallenge Texas

Our mission is to make Texas the best place in the world to start and scale a business. We believe that by providing early stage entrepreneurs with the resources to steer their own growth we are providing them the pathways to create jobs and generate wealth.

Since our launch in 2017, we have made great strides toward that vision. Our traction across the state’s ecosystem proves that the MassChallenge model attracts, advances, and accelerates the mission of all players in the ecosystem, including startups and corporate innovators. MassChallenge Texas is the second domestic location for the global accelerator with offices in Austin and Houston. 

Since 2017 MassChallenge Texas Continues to Accelerate

181

Startups Accelerated

$74M

Funding Raised

$1.05M 

Cash Prizes Awarded

$31.6M

Revenue Generated

6,222

Jobs Created

How to Apply?

Learn more here!

 

For Startups: Program Benefits + Tracks

  • Bespoke mentorship 
  • One-on-one engagement with the MCTX founding, civic, and corporate partners 
  • Curriculum designed to follow the lifecycle of a startup 
  • Virtual access to MCTX workshops and programming 
  • Up to $750K in equity-free cash prizes 
  • Access to >$250K in curated deals and discounts 
  • Find more information and answers to frequently asked questions here.

Timeline

Applications Open

29 January 2020

Applications Close

11 March 2020

Judging

March - April 2020

Finalist Announcement

28 May 2020

Accelerator Program

June - September 2020

MassChallenge Texas Awards

September 2020

About our Industry Tracks

As a leader in startup and corporate collaboration, MassChallenge Texas will introduce three new industry tracks to advance innovation across Safety & Security, Space Tech, and Sports Commercialization. 

Safety & Security (Austin)

The defense industry needs to constantly innovate to stay ahead of foreign adversaries and to prioritize the safety and security of American citizens at home and abroad. The Safety & Security track is positioned to connect our partners with startups who are creating the next generation of defense technologies across artificial intelligence, battery solutions, communications, cybersecurity, data analytics, drones, machine learning, surveillance, sensors, and wearables. 

Space Commercialization

As our scientific and strategic knowledge of space rapidly evolves, leaders from the space industry must stay current on the full spectrum of trends and sectors that make up the future of space. The Space Commercialization track connects these leaders with the startups ushering in the next era of space innovation by developing technologies across human health, performance, and recovery, materials science, analytics, advanced manufacturing, robotics, and relevant technologies with an application in space. 

Sports Tech

Professional and big sports brands are continually faced with new challenges in today’s consumer-facing world. With many new technologies focused on engagement and performance, it can be hard to prioritize the innovations that are right for their business. The Sports Tech track is a pathway to identify new technologies that align brands with their customer’s future by connecting partners with the startups creating leading-edge solutions including, but not limited to, human health, performance and recovery, material science, analytics, and fan experience and engagement.

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Featured Startups

2019 Texas Houston Silver Winner
FloodFrame
Materials
2019 Texas Houston Gold Winner
Sensytec, Inc.
Efficiency
2018 Texas Austin Gold Winner
The Mentor Method
Enterprise Software
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Mike Millard
Managing Director, Austin
Mike Millard is the Managing Director for MassChallenge Texas. Previously, Mike was the Executive Director of Innovation and Technology Commercialization at Ascension in Austin, Texas where he led the capture, analysis, and commercialization of Ascension owned intellectual property. He has served as the Director of Research at Austin Ventures, and as part of AT&T's Knowledge Ventures group where he led multiple efforts to monetize AT&T Labs’ intellectual property.
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Jon Nordby
Managing Director, Houston

John Nordby is the Managing Director for MassChallenge Texas in Houston. Previously, Jon lead the spin out of Houston’s Innovation Initiative, Houston Exponential, an office that serves as a catalyst for Houston’s Innovation economy bridging the gaps between startups, corporates, investors, academia and governments. He lead the creation of the HX Venture Fund, the HX Capital and Growth Summits, 14 community-based committees, and the efforts that attracted MassChallenge to Texas.

Texas Partners

Mission

Our mission is to equip bold entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo and to create meaningful change.