MassChallenge is running the largest-ever global startup competition to accelerate the launch and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses. The first contest launched on April 14, 2010 with a total prize pool of $1 Million.
For our 2011 competition, the submission deadline is April 11, and winners will be announced in October. The competition is open to anyone in the world, with any idea, in any industry. Physical activities will be based in Massachusetts where innovation resources are most concentrated. Every entrant will receive training, feedback, PR and networking support via expert volunteers from partner organizations. Around 100 of the highest-potential entrants will receive intensive mentorship and other free resources, including office space and targeted introductions to customers and funding sources. The very best startups will be identified by expert judges to receive cash awards toward launching their businesses along with enhanced PR and privileged access to top investors seeking to place seed capital to work in high-growth firms. MassChallenge is a non-profit organization, with support from a number of experienced and influential leaders, including Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, MIT President Susan Hockfield, UMASS President Jack Wilson, Desh Deshpande, Josh Boger, the Kauffman Foundation and Microsoft.