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MassChallenge Switzerland Accelerator

Mentorship and Resource Opportunities to
USA, Canada, and International High-Impact Startups

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MassChallenge (MC) Early Stage Accelerator Program

Deadline Date:

03/09/20 1:00 PM EST

Description:

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International startup businesses to participate in a cohort-based program in Switzerland that will offer business mentorship and resources to foster company growth. Registration is required before applying. This program is designed to support innovators from different sectors by connecting high-impact startups with the resources they need to launch and succeed.

MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world.

Since 2016 MassChallenge Switzerland has been a leader in helping startups across Europe grow their businesses. Annually it accelerates 90 early-stage startups taking no equity or fees. It seeks startups from all industries: from using AI to improve procurement to developing alternative proteins. As of 2019, it had accelerated 298 startups, who had raised over CHF 120M in funding.

Program benefits:

  • Unrivaled access to 15+ global corporate partners, totaling over CHF 250 billion in revenue
  • World-class mentoring from 550+ experts and tailored programming in the spirit of a startup school
  • Free office space and the chance to win up to CHF 1 million in non-dilutive cash prizes and several other in-kind awards
  • Switzerland-specific support for entrepreneurs such as competitive regulations and tax system, easy access to the EU market, and strong trade links
  • Proven model: more than 65% of Finalists raise funds during or immediately after the program

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188131

Number of Grants:

90

Term of Contract:

This is a four-month accelerator.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted for early-stage startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. If your startup has raised less than $1M in equity-based funding, generated less than $2M in annual revenue, and is set to make a big impact in your industry or on the world, you’re an eligible candidate. If your startup exceeds these guidelines, it is still recommended that you apply for the accelerator program. There will be an opportunity on the application for you to provide more information about your current funding amounts. There is no lower-level funding or business development limit to apply to MassChallenge.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is 1:00 PM EST on March 9th, 2020.

Registering as an entrepreneur is the first step in the application process.

Timeline:
- Applications Open: 29 January 2020
- Applications Close: 9 March 2020 (Early application deadline: February 12, 2020)
- Judging: February- May 2020
- Finalist Announcement: 28 May 2020
- Accelerator Program: June - October 2020
- MassChallenge Switzerland Awards: October 2020

The application fee is $49 USD before the early bird deadline or $99 USD before the regular deadline.

FAQs: https://masschallenge.org/about-faq
Partners: https://masschallenge.org/partners
How to Apply: http://www.masschallenge.org/accelerator/applications
Learn More: http://www.masschallenge.org/accelerator
Register as an Entrepeneur: : https://accelerate.masschallenge.org/accounts/register/entrepreneur/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=pop&utm_campaign=jan

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://accelerate.masschallenge.org/accounts/login/?next=/

Contact Form: https://masschallenge.org/contact

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