Masschallenge 2016

Masschallenge incubation program in Boston, London, Jerusalem, Mexico City and Geneva

“By working closely with Startup Traction, for the second year of this partnership, we hope to dramatically increase the impact we can have within the Western African startup community with a focus on Ghana and beyond” Robby Bitting, Director of Marketing, MassChallenge.

MassChallenge is partnering with Startup Traction to identify top quality startups from West Africa for its 2015 accelerator program in Boston, London, Jerusalem, Mexico City, and Geneva from June to end of Oct 2016! MassChallenge is the world’s most start-up-friendly accelerator and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. It awards over $1m in cash prizes to winning startups, with zero equity taken. It also provides world-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, legal advice, media attention and over $10m in in-kind support. 

Are you interested in the MassChallenge accelerator program in those cities? Here are steps to take: 

1. Fill out the following form to receive free feedback from Startup Traction on how you can pitch your company successfully.

2. Apply directly to MassChallenge by following the application process (Apply between Feb 9 – March 31st, 2016) 

3. Qualify for a 50% or 100% rebate on your application fee before March 10th. Startup Traction has developed a set of criteria around the question of whether your startup will benefit from the Masschallenge program. The top 10 Traction-preferred startups get a full refund on their application fees from MassChallenge. Further, a good number of startups on our list will get 50% refund from MassChallenge In essence, in addition to potentially getting a refund of your application fee through us, Startup Traction, will also provide you with the following: Guidance through the application process; References for your startup; Visa support materials (please note we do not provide any assurance here); Accommodation guidance in Boston, London and the other cities; Network introductions 

NB: If selected as Finalists, startups need to be physically present in Boston, London, Jerusalem etc. and engage in the MassChallenge program from June 20th to end of October 14th, 2016.


March 31, 2016
Program dates Jun 20 - Oct 14, 2016
Organizer Startup traction
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
Retail and wholesale, Agribusiness, Automotive, Banking, Clean technology, Computer hardware, Computer software, Construction, Creative, media and entertainment, Diversified services, E-commerce, EdTech, Education, Electronics, Financial services, Food and beverage, Healthcare, HealthTech, Insurance, Internet, Leisure and travel, Manufacturing, Mobile, Real estate, Renewable energy, Telecom, Transport and logistics, Utilities, Waste management and recycling, Water, sanitation and hygiene