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MassChallenge Launches New Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

EMPOWER@ MassChallenge will support unique needs of startup founders 

BOSTON, FEBRUARY 22, 2017: MassChallenge™, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, today announced a new diversity and inclusion initiative, EMPOWER@ MassChallenge. Through the new initiative, the organization works with startup founders to create programming that supports their unique needs.   

MassChallenge Boston Launches 2017 Applications With Direction From Kiki Mills Johnston

Promising startups are encouraged to apply to the zero-equity accelerator by March 28

BOSTON, FEB. 8 - MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, today announced that it has named Kiki Mills Johnston as Managing Director of MassChallenge Boston, which is now accepting applications for its 2017 accelerator. With this appointment, Scott Bailey will transition to focus on exploring new opportunities within MassChallenge to amplify support for startups across North America.

MassChallenge Opens 2017 Applications for High-Impact Startups

Applications open for Boston, Israel and Switzerland locations until March 28

BOSTON, FEBRUARY 8, 2017 - MassChallenge™, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, today opened applications for its 2017 class of high-impact startups. MassChallenge Boston, Israel, and Switzerland are now accepting applications for early-stage startups across all industries, from anywhere around the world. The application deadline is March 28, 2017.

MassChallenge Releases 2016 Impact Report

Leading global accelerator surpasses 1,000 startup milestone

BOSTON, JAN 18, 2017 - MassChallenge™, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, today released its 2016 Impact Report, which details the organization’s growth over the past year. In 2016, MassChallenge passed a significant milestone of accelerating more than 1,000 startups – 1,211 in total. Additionally, since 2010, MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.8 billion in funding, generated over $700 million in revenue, and created 60,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Top Ten Teams from Bridge to MassChallenge Australia Announced

This year’s top ten teams are (by bootcamp):




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MassChallenge Boston Awards $1.5M in Zero-Equity Prizes to Top Startups

The seventh-annual MassChallenge Boston Awards brought together more than 1,500 leaders and supporters from the Boston entrepreneurial community to celebrate the MassChallenge entrepreneurs at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The night also featured a showcase of the 128-startup cohort, on-stage pitches from the top 26 companies, and speeches from Governor Charlie Baker and Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, who keynoted the event.

MassChallenge™ Appoints New COO to Support Global Expansion

With more than 20 years of experience managing and scaling global organizations, Dullea will manage MassChallenge’s current worldwide operations, including its accelerator programs in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, and the

MassChallenge Boston Unveils Top 26 Startups

The top 26 will now move onto the final judging round, where they’ll have the opportunity to win shares of more than $1 million in zero-equity grants. In addition, CASIS and Boeing will award $500,000 to fund research projects on the International Space Station. Winners will be announced at the MassChallenge Awards on November 2nd at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Applications Open Today for First Bridge to MassChallenge Australia

Bridge to MassChallenge Australia will provide training and privileged access to the MassChallenge global network for entrepreneurs and key stakeholders throughout Australia. Together with six founding partners including The Commonwealth of Australia, the Government of Victoria, the Government of South Australia, the Government of New South Wales, Microsoft, and Monash University, Bridge to MassChallenge will also work with local partners to support Australian entrepreneurs with no strings attached. 

The State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016 Study Results Unveiled

The study was the first to interview both startups and corporations on their views about their interactions. The firms surveyed 233 startups and 112 corporate respondents from March 30th to April 24th, 2016. Corporate respondents included Microsoft, Pfizer, KLM, Cisco, Xerox, and IBM, among many other leading companies.

Among other insights, the study uncovered five key learnings: