MassChallenge Texas

Our mission is to make Texas the best place in the world to innovate. In 2019, we accelerated 100 startups, hosted over 65 events, grew community partner engagement to over 200 organizations, developed an expert network of of over 400 business and industry leaders. We also awarded $540,000 in equity-free cash prizes and investment opportunities to startups from our Austin and Houston programs. 


In 2019, we expanded our effort from our initial location in Austin to a second location in Houston, cementing our position as a critical player in the Texas innovation ecosystem. Not only did we expand reach through programming and physical office space, but we also grew our community.

Our fast achievements in just two years , further prove our thesis that the MassChallenge model attracts, advances, and accelerates the missions of all players in an innovation ecosystem, and this model thrives in Texas. We have further demonstrated that leveraging a community-first model for entrepreneurship creates impact and competitive advantage to help corporate innovators and startups win.

- Mike Millard, Managing Director for MassChallenge Texas in Austin 

- Jon Nordby, Managing Director for MassChallenge Texas in Houston
 

Austin Program Benefits

  • 4-month accelerator program 
  • Equity free cash grants
  • 6-month complimentary community membership at WeWork in downtown Austin
  • Access to > $250k in curated deals and discounts
  • Bespoke mentorship opportunities through mentor teams and office hours programs
  • Deep engagement opportunities with the Texas innovation ecosystem
  • One-on-one engagement with the MCTX founding and corporate partners
  • Unique curriculum in the form of workshops, events, and classroom series
  • Virtual access to all MCTX accelerator programming

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 in Austin Awards

September 2020

Houston Program Benefits

  • 4-month accelerator program
  • Equity-free cash prizes
  • 6 months of free office space at Houston’s LaunchPad in the Amegy Bank Building
  • Access to > $250k in curated deals and discounts
  • Focused mentorship and ecosystem connections
  • One-on-one engagement with MCTX founding and corporate partners
  • Virtual access to the MCTX Austin accelerator workshops and classes
  • Deep engagement opportunities with the Texas innovation ecosystem

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 in Houston Celebration

September 2020

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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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Mission

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