Focused Programs and 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:

  • Blue Technology Accelerator
  • The Impact Series by ARC IMPACT
  • The Nanotechnology and Metamaterial Track
  • Space Commercialization
  • Sports Tech
  • Sustainable Food Systems Industry Track
  • The US Air Force Lab

Blue Technology Accelerator (Rhode Island)

MassChallenge, the global network for innovators, and 401 Tech Bridge, a partner intermediary organization for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, supporting the Naval X Northeast Tech Bridge, have joined forces to launch the Blue Technology Accelerator!
The program, made possible with funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), aims to accelerate innovation in Undersea Technology and Offshore Wind. This year’s hybrid program will leverage MassChallenge’s proven methodology in startup acceleration and 401 Tech Bridge’s network, to spur growth for 10 blue technology-focused startups.

The 8-week accelerator program will include an orientation boot camp, bi-weekly cohort meet-ups, workshops, networking, weekly office hours and a final showcase where startups will present their products and capabilities. Programming will be hybrid – meaning all events and meetings will be available online, while startups in Rhode Island/New England will also be able to participate in-person (pending regulations and following safety measures).

“The Impact Series” by ARC IMPACT (Israel)

MassChallenge Israel will run “The Impact Series”, powered by Arc Impact, a VC investing in startups with global impact. Participating companies will gain access to MassChallenge Israel’s vast network of international players in the field, who are paving the way in the global impact system.  Arc Impact will connect startups to stakeholders in local and international markets, including multinationals, institutional funders, non-dilutive funders and strategic investors to help them grow their network, potential customer base, and revenue.

The series will focus on early-stage startups working to solve various United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals including:

  • SDG Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • SDG Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG Goal 4: Quality Education
  • SDG Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation 
  • SDG Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Nanotechnology and Metamaterial (Israel)

MassChallenge Israel will run a curated track in Nanotechnology and Metamaterials, powered by IAI-ELTA. Utilizing IAI-ELTA’s expertise and vast network, the track will provide Nano-focused startups with additional sector-specific mentorship, guidance and content. The program will assist startups working with Nanomaterials for tracking/authentication, Nanosensors working at the molecular/atomic level, Nanoelectronics for transistor devices, Nanotechnology for energy storage and Nanomaterials assisting in weight/strength.

Space Commercialization (Texas)

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 (Texas)

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.

Sustainable Food Solutions (Switzerland)

Operating as part of the core MassChallenge Switzerland accelerator program, select early-stage startups will receive additional specialized support and resources. The track brings together the largest multi-national food corporations, world-class mentorship from food experts, and tailored curriculum focused on sustainability, food, and packaging to accelerate the impact of production, distribution, packaging, and food disposal startups.

Startups interested in participating in the track are encouraged to apply via the 2021 MassChallenge Switzerland accelerator application, which will open on January 20, 2021. 

Sustainable Food Solutions Challenge (Switzerland)

The Sustainable Food Systems Challenge identifies later-stage startups or scaleups and matches them with a MassChallenge partner to accelerate innovation in the food sector. Selected startups will work directly with key stakeholders within a global food corporate where they’ll get access to co-development opportunities, product validation, customer connections, strategic investments, or advisor introductions. Startups with a prototype or working proof of concept are encouraged to apply by January 15, 2021 at 23:59 CET.

The U.S. Air Force Lab (Boston, Rhode Island, Texas)

MassChallenge Boston runs The US Air Force Lab on behalf of the U.S Airforce. Labs is an initiative to support the goal of innovation at speed for the defense industry. This select program is funded by Air Force Research Labs, PEO Digital, PEO C3I&N, CROWS, and the Griffiss Institute to de-risk and grow cutting edge technologies and startups awarded that are addressing national security challenges. Click here to learn more.



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