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.

“It’s amazing to see just how far these companies have progressed in such a short amount of time,” Kiki Mills Johnston, managing director of MassChallenge in Boston, said in a statement.

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