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MassChallenge Accelerator Program Accepting Applications

Are you looking for a high-quality accelerator program to help you take your startup to the next level

MassChallenge, a zero-equity accelerator based in Boston, is currently accepting applications for its early-stage accelerator programs in Austin, Boston, Houston and Rhode Island. Founded in 2009, this nonprofit provides guidance and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs in the beginning phases of launching their startup. The program is expected to take place virtually this year from June through October. Applications are due by 12 p.m. EST on March 31, 2021.

About the accelerator

In the past 11 years, MassChallenge has helped launch 2,344 accelerators, produced more than 186,000 international jobs and has generated more than $3.6 billion in revenue. With offices in America, Israel, Mexico and Switzerland, the organization has an impressive global influence.

As a first step, candidates are expected to complete the application specific to their program of choice. A group of judges then reviews each application and provides feedback to the applicant. The most promising applicants undergo another round of judging before the remaining candidates proceed as Finalists. (Click here to learn more about the eligibility and the application process.) Startups from all industries are welcome to apply. 

Program highlights

Participants will have:

Boston program

  • Access to a specialized, high-quality curriculum and exhibitions
  • Access to experienced mentors, investors and 2,500+ program alumni
  • Scholarship opportunities 

Rhode Island program

  • Access to a specialized, high-quality curriculum 
  • Access to experienced mentors, experts and corporate partners
  • The chance to earn a cash prize of up to $100,000

Texas Program

  • Access to a specialized, high-quality curriculum and exhibitions
  • Access to experienced mentors, investors and 2,500+ program alumni
  • Scholarship opportunities 

Want to know more? Check out the program’s FAQs.

About the author

Nicole DeSimone

Nicole DeSimone is a writer based in the Boston area. She earned a B.A. in English and Journalism from Simmons University. In addition to reading and writing, she loves dance, nature walks, and old movies. You can always email her at nicole.desimone4@gmail.com.

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