written by Olivia Seow from Singapore
Headquartered in the United States and with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK, MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world for zero-equity taken. As MassChallenge’s flagship location, MassChallenge Boston brings together corporates, policy makers, and innovation leaders to support and inspire the next generation of innovators. In total, it has accelerated over 1,000 startups from across the world, creating over 80,000 jobs.
I was given the privileged opportunity to support Round 2 judging for the 2018 batch of MassChallenge Boston startups. From an original applicant pool of 1,600, 350+ startups pitched at MassChallenge Boston for Round 2 judging, and 128 finalists were eventually accepted into MassChallenge Boston’s 2018 accelerator program. Over 6 consecutive days, I arrived in the office at around 7am and supported various elements of Round 2 judging. I am grateful to have been given this unique chance to meet with passionate founders from all over the world. For instance, one startup from Hawaii created agricultural robots, which could support many on the path to self-sustainability!
Looking back, I am deeply inspired by how MassChallenge teams from across all
departments pitched in to support this critical event. Despite the long days, the company’s collective drive to support startups is evident in the team’s dedication and cheerful, tireless attitude. Another excellent attribute of MassChallenge’s culture is the strong support by co-workers and even upper management. At the end of the event, the organising team distributed awards to acknowledge good efforts. I was pleasantly surprised to have been given a ‘Rockstar Award’, despite my short stint at the company.
It is bittersweet that my fellowship is coming to an end. I will be returning to Singapore inspired by my experiences, and hope to maintain strong ties with the connections forged in the past month.