Next week, the 26 start-ups below — plucked from an original applicant pool of 446 — will be vying for $1 million in cash prizes, as part of the inaugural MassChallenge start-up competition, which has brought entrepreneurs to the Bay State from places as far-flung as Israel, California, and North Carolina. Judges of the final round will include Nantucket Nectars co-founder Tom First and Constant Contact CEO Gail Goodman. (You can read the official press release here.)
As it happens, I've written about nearly one-third of the finalists over the past year, many before they entered the MassChallenge competition... links below to those stories and blog posts.
- 3Play Media
- 7Solar Technologies, Inc.
- Aukera Therapeutics, Inc
- Brass Monkey
- Embed.ly, Inc.
- Energesis Pharmaceuticals
- Locately (formerly known as Cadio)
- OsComp Systems
- Pearl’s Premium
- Relay Technology Management, Inc.
- RelayRides (and my experience using the service)
- Samanta Shoes
- ScholarPro Inc.
- Seeding Labs
- Symmetric Computing
- ViThera Laboratories
About Scott Kirsner
Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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December 9: Web Innovators Group
Demos of new mobile apps and web ventures at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Free admission; cash bar.
December 10: Fintech Demo Day
Short demos from startups in the financial technology realm.
December 11: Unpitch
Entrepreneurs and investors sit down for lunch, advice, and feedback. Entrepreneurs must apply to participate.