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These 18 MassChallenge Startups Just Won $1.5M

Eighteen of Boston’s most promising early-stage startups won a total of $1.5 million at Thursday night’s MassChallenge awards ceremony.

The startup accelerator’s top four winners — CozyKin, Off Grid Box, Pykus Therapeutics and Vence — each won $100,000 while 12 other startups each received $50,000. One of the $50,000 winners, Guardion, and two other startups won a share of $500,000 from CASIS-Boeing for research projects on the International Space Station.  

MassChallenge Names Four Startups as $100K Winners

WeWork CEO Adam Neumann had a few tidbits of sage advice for MassChallenge entrepreneurs on Thursday night, including: "Don’t listen to what other people say about you," "Know your strength and understand your weaknesses," "Focus on how you talk and how you act today," and "The woman to marry is the first woman to call you on your (expletive)."

And the Winner Is... MassChallenge Awards 2017 Recap

On November 2, MassChallenge held the 2017 MassChallenge Boston Awards at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. In addition to using their eighth-annual event as a means to celebrate the accelerator's success this year, MassChallenge Boston also handed out $1M in equity-free prizes to winners of its Top 26 startups (of 128 total). 

Boston Tech Watch: TripAdvisor, MassChallenge, Twine Health & More

This week in Boston tech, we’re tracking trouble at TripAdvisor, the closure of a co-working space in Harvard Square, the winners of the latest MassChallenge Boston accelerator program, a pair of acquisitions, and venture investments that span cleantech, edtech, cannabis tech, and more. Read on for details.

Invisible Fence for Livestock, Nanny-Hiring Service Win Startup Contest

The MassChallenge startup accelerator on Thursday announced the winners of its annual business competition, awarding $1.5 million in grants to companies that included the maker of equipment that treats water in remote areas, and the developer of a virtual fence for livestock.

MassChallenge Names 26 Finalists for $1.5M in Funding

A network connecting families with trained nannies, a program to prevent food allergies in infants, and a company that makes low-cost radiation sensors are among more than two dozen finalists in this year’s MassChallenge startup accelerator.

MassChallenge said Thursday that it had culled its 2017 crop of 128 startups to 26 companies that will compete through the fall for a share of a $1.5 million pot of investment money. The organization — which offers grants but takes no equity in the companies it supports — will announce the winners on Nov. 2.

Here Are MassChallenge’s Top 26 Startups for 2017

MassChallenge has named the top 26 startups of its Boston startup accelerator that will compete for a total of $1.5 million in equity-free prizes. 

Per usual, the list includes some familiar faces for BostInno readers, including Athletes of Valor, which we first covered in 2016. Readers may also recognize OffGridBox and Voatz, which both went through the Techstars Boston accelerator earlier this year.

These 5 High-Tech Startups Have Made it to MassChallenge’s Finals

MassChallenge Boston announced the top 26 startups from its four-month accelerator program this week, which included companies producing some of the most innovative solutions across industries. Now, the 26 startups will move into the final judging round, where they’ll compete for shares of $1.5M in equity-free prizes. From connecting families to high-quality nannies to helping athletes strength train, the following five companies made the cut for their disruptive technology.

Bandwagon Grows for Amazon

Last week, Amazon said it would solicit bids from cities and states across North America as it searches for a second headquarters that the company says could be 8 million square feet and eventually house 50,000 employees.

Colin Angle, chief executive of Bedford-based iRobot, said he would push hard for Boston the next time he sees Bezos, whom he considers a mentor. Bezos visited iRobot offices for years in the early 2000s, speaking to employees and sitting in on strategy discussions.