MassChallenge, the global network for innovators, and MITRE, an operator of federally funded R&D centers, partner together to launch a new mentorship program designed to lower barriers for under-represented founders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Applicants must have at least one founder from historically-underrepresented identities including Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), non-binary, and/or women.
Startups with solutions in Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), BlueTech, Cybersecurity, or Digital Health are encouraged to apply. Ten companies will ultimately participate in the program (two per challenge area). Read on below for specifics on these challenge areas, and information about MITRE experts serving as mentors.
The two-month program will run from January through March. Mentors will lend their technical or domain expertise to startups, helping them understand government markets, connect with resources, and discover potential end users and non-dilutive funding.
Applications are now closed! Thank you for your interest.
Who Can Apply?
Startup applicants must have at least one founder from historically-underrepresented identities including Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), non-binary, and/or women. Applicants need not be located in the U.S.
How To Apply
If you already have a MassChallenge Startup profile, click here and select your company, then select the 2023 MITRE Mentorship Program.
For those who haven't created a profile yet, click here to create your startup profile in order to apply.
On the application, startups can select more than one challenge area (up to two).
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MassChallenge is the global network for innovators. Headquartered in the United States with seven locations worldwide, MassChallenge equips bold entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo and to create meaningful change. Learn more at masschallenge.org.
MITRE’s mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. Through our public-private partnerships and federally funded R&D centers, we work across government and in partnership with industry to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation.
Program Lead – Titilayo Ogunyale
Titilayo Ogunyale leads MITRE’s Corporate Social Innovation Program. She is responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of initiatives and programs that strengthen and expand MITRE’s social impact in underserved communities through innovative business models and practices.
Technical Lead - Jaya Tripathi