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Morning Jo: Passion and Purpose

First of all, I am proud of our founder John Harthorne and the whole MassChallenge team. Usually the Nasdaq bell ringers are CEOs of companies celebrating their IPOs, but when there is no IPO, they invite a non-profit to ring the bell, and today it was MassChallenge.

5 Reasons You need to Attend Minute to Pitch It

1. See the innovation ecosystem’s best startups

MassChallenge Opens New Home for Innovation

John Harthorne, founder and CEO of MassChallenge, reflected upon how far MassChallenge has come since 2009. He acknowledged that the success of the organization is due in a large part to community contributions, including (in no particular order):

Meet the MassChallenge 2014 Finalists!



  • 11 countries, 17 states
  • 30 startups HQ outside the US (more than ever)


Data Dive: 5 Years of MassChallenge Startups - Momentum

In anticipation of the announcement of the 128 Finalists for MassChallenge's 2014 program tomorrow, we took a look at just how quickly each class has recieved benefit from our accelerator. As the graph below demonstrates, the class of 2013 has already raised $65M, nearly double what most previously classes have collectively raised 6-months after the accelerator.


What does it take to judge 350 startups?

An awesome pool of over 200 judges donated their time (1,000+ hours!) and lended their expertise this at this year's round 2 judging to give startups constructive and in-depth feedback on their pitches. These judges helped us craft an investor-pitch, board-room-type atmosphere that not only gives entrepreneurs the experience they need to thrive in the innovation community, but also gives these semi-finalists a taste of what the summer would look like if they are accepted!

Where do the 1600+ startups come from?

Contrary to popular belief, the "Mass" in MassChallenge does not stand for "Massachusetts." In fact, a fun secret about MassChallenge is that it actually stands for "massive!" How massive? The map doesn't lie: 


What is Bitcoin and How Will They Affect Entrepreneurs?

As of 10:00AM EST 1 Bitcoin was valued at $1050 USD

What are Bitcoins?

  • According to their website, "Bitcoin is a digital currency you can use for personal transactions or business at high speed and low cost."
  • What does this mean? It means it’s a new type of online money that has no physical iteration. All transactions happen electronically.

We Are In The Impact Era - MassChallenge Awards Ceremony 2013

The Top 26 of the MassChallenge Accelerator, 2013 are contributing to this monumental time in a big way. MC is drenched in startup innovation. Our “Top 26” startups, representing global diversity and all industries, are ready and waiting to take the stage on October 30th in order to wow the masses once again. This date represents our ground-breaking Awards Ceremony and the final milestone of 2013’s Accelerator.