MassChallenge: The World’s Largest Early Stage Startup Accelerator

By: | January 23rd, 2015


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Massachusetts may not be as big of a startup mecca as Silicon Valley, but it is home to the world’s largest accelerator program with 128 early-stage startups per program.

According to MassChallenge, it does not take equity or place restrictions on entrepreneurs but provides mentors who are experts in a wide range of disciplines and industries. MassChallenge also provides a curriculum program and events related to startup needs and interests. MassChallenge has set up MassChallenge Israel, which helps early stage Israeli startups to make connections to U.S. partners and investors and a four-month accelerator program in Boston.

Beginning in February 2015, MassChallenge’s MADE@ program will provide startups with 5,000 sq. ft. of design space, electronics, and rapid prototyping equipment.

The following companies won awards during the 2014 competition:

For more on MassChallenge, see their Boston TED Talk:

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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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