MassChallenge Texas

MassChallenge is the global network for innovators. We equip bold entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo and create meaningful change. With more than a decade of experience, our proven methodology accelerates the innovation potential of high-growth businesses and startups as they address some of the biggest challenges across industries, impacting the way we live, work, and play. \

Our US-based early-stage organizations in Austin, Boston, Houston, and Rhode Island attract top talent and entrepreneurs to the regions and provide access to the tools and resources founders need to set roots and grow. MassChallenge is committed to advancing new technologies and innovations that will have a widespread impact across business, industry and economic growth.

Since 2017 MassChallenge Texas Continues to Accelerate


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For Startups: Program Benefits + Tracks

  • Zero cost and for zero equity. In fact, we give away over $1M in cash prizes and scholarships annually.  
  • 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 
  • Join the network of over 2,500 alumni worldwide 
  • Scholarships from our partner organizations. 
  • Find more information and answers to frequently asked questions here.


Applications Open

17 February 2021

Applications Close

31 March 2021

Online Judging

April - May 2021

Finalist Announcement

June 2021

Accelerator Program

June - October 2021

Final Judging Rounds

September - October 2021

MassChallenge Awards

October 2021

About our Industry Tracks

MassChallenge runs tracks to strengthen innovation across key challenge areas identified by our corporate and government partners. In 2021, our tracks include:

Safety & Security

Select startups will receive specialized support and resources as part of the program’s Safety and Security track. The Safety and Security track accelerates, connects and educates startups with direct or potential relevance to national defense and public safety applications accelerate their commercial and defense pathways to scale. S&S track, partners a demonstrated platform to access the next generation of defense-relevant technologies and strengthen the defense innovation ecosystem. S&S is sponsored by BAE Systems, Mitre, Draper, Mitsubisi America, the U.S Airforce, and Raytheon.

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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Jon Nordby
Managing Director, Early Stage, Texas

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.

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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 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 does not require startups to work full time out of its offices. Whether in person or virtual, it is highly recommended given the rigorous programming, active mentorship, and serendipitous encounters that happen often in the space. (Note: In 2021, we will remain virtual until world events allow at which point, we will consider hybrid opportunities.)

Will 2021’s accelerators be virtual?

MassChallenge plans to host this year’s accelerator and competition in a completely virtual experience, until world events allow.  If we are able to and comfortable convening in groups later in the year, we are prepared to explore a hybrid option and will keep virtual an option for those who cannot or are not comfortable being in person.

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?

Startups who are accepted and decide to visit or live in the location of your MassChallenge program 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. 




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