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.

MassChallenge already has international outposts in Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. These are run as separate nonprofits with shared goals. The organization is now developing a strategy for opening in other US cities under the same corporate umbrella as the Boston mother ship.

Scott Bailey (right) will lead this North American growth spurt. Until recently, Bailey ran the organization’s flagship incubator space in South Boston, and coordinated work at the Pulseaccelerator space for digital health in the Fenway and a satellite office in Newton.

MassChallenge recently hired Kiki Mills Johnston to take Bailey’s place as its local managing director. She joins MassChallenge from Mission Capital, an Austin-based group that helps nonprofits. But she’s already a familiar face in local tech circles because of her work with the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange.

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