Press Releases Boston

MassChallenge Boston Celebrates Highest-Impact Startups from 2015

Over 1,500 members of the Boston startup community gathered to celebrate entrepreneurship at the sixth-annual MassChallenge Boston Awards Ceremony. The event featured a showcase of the 128 MassChallenge Boston startups, pitches from the top 26, and speeches from DraftKings CEO and Co-Founder Jason Robins, Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh.

MassChallenge Boston Announces Top 26 Startups Competing for $1.5 Million in Cash Awards

“Our entrepreneurs had a game-changing summer and I’m very proud of all of the 2015 finalists,” said MassChallenge Founder and CEO John Harthorne. “These top 26 startups are poised to make a tremendous impact across a variety of industries – from transportation to healthcare to robotics. Each of these startups has great potential, and I look forward to celebrating their achievements with the community at the Awards Ceremony.”

MassChallenge Announces Global Board of Advisors

The global board’s role is to help advise MassChallenge on its global strategy and expansion plans.

Global Accelerator MassChallenge Celebrates Industry High for Number of Female Founders

The latest reports to come out for the industry as a whole estimate that 18% of startups overall have at least one female founder (source: TechCrunch and Crunchbase).

MassChallenge Extends Global Reach with Record Number of Applicants

Applicants for both 2015 programs can be viewed here (note: stealth entrants not visible to the public):

MassChallenge Scholarship Program Empowers Entrepreneurs to Participate in 2015 Accelerator Program

“Our goal with these scholarships is to help support emerging industries,” said MassChallenge Boston Managing Director Scott Bailey, “We understand the difficulties that these companies face and hope this will provide some financial relief so they can come to Boston to focus on their startups this Summer.” 

MassChallenge & Startup Institute Announce Strategic Partnership to Increase Synergies in Boston’s Innovation Economy and Power Global Expansion

Under the terms of the agreement, MassChallenge entrepreneurs will have access to Startup Institute’s network of nearly 1000 alumni, as well as its curriculum and speakers.

Women’s iLab Partners with MassChallenge to Encourage More Female Entrepreneurs

Women's iLab will sponsor several seats leading up to the 2015 accelerator for aspiring female entrepreneurs who will work out of the MassChallenge offices and tap into the accelerator’s vast resources – including mentorship, training, access to funding, legal advice, and media outreach.