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The New World Order Of Artificial Intelligence

Written by Jennifer Kite-Powell

With governmental-backed funding for science in question, incubators and accelerators like TechCode and MassChallenge are picking up the pieces for AI and machine learning startups.

MassChallenge in Boston recently announced their 2017 class which has a two-fold increase in machine learning and AI start ups.  Out of the 128 startups, 30 percent are healthcare and life sciences while only six percent are cleantech and energy.

Bloomberg Business Hour

Produced by Tom Moroney and Anne Mostue 

TOM: Joining us now in studio is Nick Dougherty. He is the Program Director for PULSE @MassChallenge. We all know about MassChallenge, but PULSE is the digital health division. So, you are opening bids, or applications, for the 2018 season. You take in companies with $5 million or less in revenue and funding and you accelerate them -- you make them stars. Tell us a little bit more about this. 

MassChallenge Goes (Even More) Global

Written by Jon Chesto

Boston isn’t big enough to contain MassChallenge’s ambitions.

The nonprofit startup accelerator is shifting into a higher gear as it prepares for a national expansion, with a goal of having 12 hubs by the end of 2020.

This Simple Box Serves Up Running Water

Written by Ben Schiller 

Off Grid Box, an Italian startup, was founded to bring clean water and renewable energy to the millions of the people in the world who still live without. The box itself is a simple container, measuring six by six by six feet. With solar panels on top and water treatment inside, it can help remote communities with both off-grid energy and easily accessible filtered water. Founder and CEO Emiliano Cecchini has sold a few of the units, but he worries he’s not yet found the formula to take his invention to scale.

America's Top 7 Startup Accelerators

Written by Deep Patel 

MassChallenge (1,211 Startups Served)
MassChallenge, based in Boston, Massachusetts, started in 2010. Their large team of 175 people has helped 1,211 startups and created over 60,000 jobs in the global market, including Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland and the UK. Localytics, their most notable alumnus, has raised almost $60M in venture capital.

MassChallenge Targets 100 Startups for New Texas Accelerator

Written by Kelly O'Brien

MassChallenge, the Boston-founded startup accelerator, is launching a second U.S. program in Austin, Texas with plans to accept up to 100 startups into a 2018 accelerator there.

MassChallenge in Top Five Global Accelerators for Startups

The global report is also optimistic about the state of accelerators, not least by their adoption of lean methodology (build-measure-learn) to enable them to integrate better into the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The result, the report concludes, is a better, more fine-tuned product and the rise of Accelerator 2.0.

What’s next for accelerators?

MassChallenge Named Top Accelerator for the 2016 Seed Rankings Project

Yael and her team at the Seed Rankings Project began their work 5 years ago with the goal of trying to create a conversation about the accelerator phenomenon and its effect -- between startups, investors, etc -- to better help entrepreneurs identify the creme of the crop, the accelerators that will actually help them get to where they want to go.

Here are the top Accelerators, according to the 2016 SARP:

Boosting Colombian Entrepreneurs with SENA

Since 1957, SENA has invested in the social and technical development of Colombians by offering and implementing comprehensive professional training for the incorporation and development of citizens in activities that contribute to the country’s social, economic and technological development.