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About the MassChallenge U.S. Early Stage Program

The MassChallenge U.S. Early Stage accelerator is a 3-month mentor-based program that provides intensive support, guidance, tools and connectivity to the MassChallenge community in order to drive startup business traction. The program is industry agnostic with a focus on supporting approximately 200 startups per cohort that range in stage from those currently engaged in customer discovery work to validating a technology or service.  

This is a hybrid program with a digital curriculum and opportunities to participate in virtual and in-person events during the first and final weeks of the program. 

To learn more, connect with the early stage team by either attending one of our virtual/in-person Meet MC events or by emailing us at to learn how our 2023 accelerator can scale the growth of your venture!

Program Benefits
  • LEANSTACK Training: We are proud to be partnering with LEANSTACK, a continuous innovation platform that helps early-stage entrepreneurs find repeatable and scalable business models.  
  • World class industry experts and mentors along with 1:1 mentorship opportunities. 
  • 40+ global corporate partners including IBM, BAE Systems, Carta, Fundify, First Republic Bank, and more. Connections to a network of Community and Ecosystem partners including Venture Café Providence, MassBio, Black Ambition Prize, Houston Downtown Launchpad, Pegasus Park and Biolabs in Dallas, and more. 
  • Investor Pitch Events
  • Opportunities to win non-dilutive cash prizes and other in-kind awards upon successful program completion. 
  • Co-working residency opportunities in our local MassChallenge offices
  • Continued support and resources as part of a MassChallenge Alumni community. 

    Learn more about the U.S. early stage program here!

Key Dates

Industry Tracks

The U.S. Early Stage Program also features special, industry-specific programming referred to as “Tracks”. These tracks provide additional sessions and networking opportunities with leading experts from each respective track related industry. Learn more about the Tracks here.



Check out recordings from the Meet MC 2022 Virtual series here



The MassChallenge Advantage

MassChallenge’s proven methodology hyper-focuses on helping founders identify goals and key initiatives, providing access to a meaningful network of experts and mentors, while also providing connection to a deep peer network from across the global community. All for no equity and no strings attached. 

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