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Infographic: Creating Jobs

Part I of the MassChallenge Infographic Series. All infographics courtesy of the incredible work of our partners Analogue Studio
During the barrage of 2012 Election Campaign advertising we all heard about the importance of job creation to get the economy back on track. MassChallenge Alumni are doing just that.  In three years our Alumni have opened the doors to 2,912 new jobs and we have the infographic to prove it!

Get to know the Final 26 Startups!

Akrivis’ patented Z-TECT technology will allow cancer detection so early that it will be cured easier, faster and with less toxic drugs - Akrivis Technologies
Black Island Wind Turbines--Reliable for a decade in Antarctica, our 3 kW HRx turbines bring peace-of-mind for meeting critical loads. - Black Island Wind Turbines

The Nina, The Pinta, and the Startup Maria

Happy Columbus Day! Like the great explorer of old, people are driven to explore new and unmarked territory. Here are some high impact startups that seek to help you do just that: 
Global Research Innovation & Technology (GRIT) has a very innovative response to wheelchair mobility on rough terrain. It uses a lever drivetrain made from bike parts, enabling users to travel 75% faster than a conventional wheelchair. Remove the levers and it becomes a regular wheelchair for indoor use.

Taking Up the Gauntlet -- Judging

This week, high-impact startups armed themselves with their best pitches and presentations and took up the Pre-Final Judging Gauntlet with great success. But that's only the first part of Judging. MassChallenge's intrepid entrepreneurs have yet to face Final Judging next week.

One Year After The Challenge: What Happens Next?

Here’s what co-founders of Driveway Software, Igor Katsman and Jake Diner, have to say about their one-year anniversary of the MC Accelerator, in this week’s guest post:
With the vast majority of startups failing within their first year of establishment, finding a solid foundation to work with was no easy task.

"Building a Pitch," Advice From Across the Table

A key point he made is that you need to understand the perspective of the investor when creating your pitch.  By way of example, he shared his personal evaluation criteria. According to Christopher, an effective pitch will answer these key concerns within ten succinct minutes:

Three MassChallenge Companies Revolutionizing Healthcare

Alkeus Pharmaceuticals:
MassChallenge alum, Alkeus Pharmaceuticals has been selected as a top 15 promising private biotech company by FierceBiotech! Alkeus is making life better for kids with a previously untreatable disease:
"Alkeus has a trial-ready compound and a plan to rapidly build a body of evidence of its safety an

The MassChallenge School Survival Guide

Math is fun! Thanks to these teams, that might just come true.
Let’s be real here: math is not all that fun. However, if you are looking for a unique way to teach it to youths, look no further than NBA Math Hoops. By using fun and effective educational tools that harness the power of the NBA, the board game looks to greatly improve math literacy.

From Engineers to Social Entrepreneurs

This year 20% of the MassChallenge Finalists fall into the Social Impact category. From educational outreach and environmental protection to international development and disaster response, these teams are driving social change with sustainable business practices. As budding social entrepreneurs we’re thrilled to be included in this group of rockstars.