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

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!

 

Program Benefits: Eligibility + Industry 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.

Timeline

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

Startups Eligibility Guidelines

Early-stage startups, in general, have raised less than ~$1M in equity-based funding and generated less than ~$2M in revenue in the last 12 months. Please note these are guidelines, not firm requirements. While funding and revenue are important factors, we also look at team strength, product/market fit, customer traction, and the potential for impact.

About our Industry Tracks

MassChallenge runs tracks to strengthen innovation across key challenge areas identified by our corporate and government partners. Tracks leverage MassChallenge's infrastructure to surface and connect quality startups to specialized communities. For startups, Industry Tracks are an invitation only opportunity for relevant businesses that are accepted into a MassChallenge accelerator. 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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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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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.

Texas Partners

Learn more about the program and eligibility requirements in our FAQ.


 

Mission

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