U.S. Early Stage

Our U.S. Early Stage accelerators in Austin, Boston, Houston, and Providence attract top entrepreneurs from around the world and provides access to the tools, resources, and talent founders and corporate innovators needed to make transformational impact, without taking any equity. MassChallenge is committed to advancing new technologies and innovations that will have a widespread impact across business, industry, and economic growth.  

Learn more about the different locations here.



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“I learned so much in that four-month period. I was able to greatly build upon my business acumen, increase my confidence to sit at the bigger tables and have access to those nuanced cheat codes that are more available to the typical white cis-male entrepreneur. It was a game-changing experience for me.”

Janice Omadeke, Founder and CEO of The Mentor Method.

How Entrepreneurs Benefit:

  • Unique opportunity to self-direct your MassChallenge experience and who you connect with through our global network
  • 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 
  • Zero cost and for zero equity. In fact, we give away over $1M in cash prizes and scholarships annually
  • Join the network of over 2,500 alumni worldwide 
  • Scholarships from our partner organizations
  • Find more information and answers to frequently asked questions here

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.

What are Industry Tracks?

Industry Tracks leverage MassChallenge's infrastructure to surface and connect quality startups to specialized communities. These tracks strengthen innovation across key challenge areas identified by our corporate and corporate partners. For startups, Industry Tracks are an invitation only opportunity for relevant businesses that are accepted into a MassChallenge accelerator. Startups DO NOT need to be in any of these industries to apply to MassChallenge. Industry Tracks are simply an option. In 2021, our tracks include:

  • Enterprise Technology
  • Safety and Security
  • Space Commercialization
  • Sports Tech
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • + more

Learn more about Inustry Tracks and Focused Program's here.

"If you asked me in 2016 if I thought that NASA would be one of our bigger funders or partners, the answer would have been no. Not because I could not imagine it, but because there was no direct path to doing any of that research.”
Dr. Nicole Wagner, President and CEO

"Our mentors really pushed us to take the next step with our company. As MassChallenge grows, they have a bigger and bigger network that we can leverage. Making that step and seeing the impact our product had was incredible." 

Erin Keaney, COO of Nonspec, Boston Cohort 2017 


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“Startups in our U.S. Earl Stage accelerators represent innovation at its core. From addressing mental health, to electric vehicles, and new ways to pay for education, MassChallenge entrepreneurs will greatly impact how we effectively and efficiently address global challenges. Every incoming cohort never ceases to amaze me with their ingenuity and commitment to leverage the intersection of business and technology and create sustainable change.”

Cait Brumme, Senior Vice President, U.S. Early Stage 

Early Stage Partners

You can find more information on Partner Benefits here.



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





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