Do you have a great startup idea?

Applications for Boston’s 2017 MassChallenge Accelerator, “the most friendly startup accelerator on the planet,” are open until March 28. MassChallenge is a not-for-profit committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed by providing them with the resources they need.

Since 2010, MassChallenge has had a proven-track record of taking startups to the next level. More than 1,200 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.8 billion in funding, generated over $700 million in revenue, and created more than 60,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Any early-stage startups across all industries are encouraged to apply. Selected startups will receive support form top mentors and experts, free co-working space, access to MassChallenge’s network of corporate partners, tailored workshops, and the opportunity to win a portion of more than $2 million in zero-equity funding globally.

2017 Timeline

February 8 — Applications open
March 28 — Applications close
March 30 – April 20 — Round 1 Judging (Online)
May 10 – May 17 — Round 2 Judging (In-Person)
May 24 — Finalist Notification
June 21 – November 1 — Boston Accelerator Program

Microsoft is a proud MassChallenge partner committed to supporting Boston’s entrepreneurial spirit. MassChallenge finalists seeking solutions for the world’s most critical problems, especially in civic innovation, are encouraged to apply for scholarship money from Microsoft. Last year’s winners of The Microsoft Civic Technology Scholarship were committed to helping public officials deliver improved services to private citizens.

Create your startup profile and apply to MassChallenge today to join the next class of startups solving the world’s biggest challenges! 

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