How to Apply

About our application process

MassChallenge uses a competition model to select our startups. Prospective MassChallenge startups submit application(s) for the MassChallenge accelerator program(s) they would like join. After submitting the application, startups will participate in one or two rounds of judging. At the end of these judging rounds, the highest-impact and highest-potential startups are invited to participate in the accelerator as Finalists.

To learn more about our different programs and to view our application deadlines, please visit the relevant program page or contact us at apply@masschallenge.org


How to apply

1. Register at https://accelerate.masschallenge.org by creating your user profile

2. Create your startup profile

3. Submit the application fee ($45 USD before the early bird deadline, $99 USD before the regular deadline)

4. Complete and submit your application


About our judging process

In the first round of judging, all applications are reviewed online by our international community of judges. 

  • Each application is reviewed by at least three judges.
  • Each applicant receives individualized feedback from the judges.

Startups are notified if they make the second round of judging. In the second round of judging, those startups pitch to a panel of judges or challenge partners in-person or via Skype (in some circumstances). 

Just applying to the accelerator program can be a valuable experience for a startup. MassChallenge ensures that every single startup receives a comprehensive read of their application by assigning each of them a panel of diverse judges that represent a range of different industries:

  • All applicants receive feedback from expert judges on their online applications.
  • All Semi-Finalists receive extended feedback from expert judges on their in-person pitches.

Eligibility

For our early-stage accelerator programs in Boston, Israel, Switzerland, Mexico, Texas, and the UK: We accept applications for early stage startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. If your startup has raised less than $500K in equity-based funding, generated less than $1M in revenue in the last 12 months, and are set to make a big impact in your industry or on the world, you’re our kind of entrepreneur.

For our vertical program PULSE@MassChallenge:  We accept applications from industry-focused startups that have raised less than $5M in equity-based funding and generated less than $5M in revenue in the last 12 months. If your startup exceeds these guidelines, we still recommend that you apply for the accelerator program. There will be an opportunity on the application for you to provide more information about your current funding amounts. Prospective startups should be developed enough to work collaboratively with a large business or institution. 

Please note: MassChallenge will not run an accelerator in the UK in 2018. Please check back in early 2019 for UK-specific updates. In the meantime, we encourage you to apply to another MassChallenge accelerator program. Contact apply@masschallenge.org with any questions.

 

Mission

MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world.