In collaboration between the Boston Foundation and MassChallenge Boston, the Boston Foundation Bootcamp will bring together 8-16 top entrepreneurs with early-stage startup businesses in the Boston region for a condensed version of the MassChallenge Startup Accelerator. For 4 consecutive Friday afternoons, participating entrepreneurs will be welcomed into the MassChallenge space and gain access to valuable resources, including: world-class mentorship, invaluable network connections, free access to R&D space and curriculum sessions delivered by industry experts to help shape and grow their businesses.
To ensure that startups across a wide range of industries receive the resources and guidance necessary to help launch them into success, MassChallenge and TBF will be rolling out several new features for the 2018 TBF Bootcamp program, including:
After determining the specific needs and goals each TBF Bootcamp startup provides, MassChallenge will make curated connections to mentors that have invaluable expertise to offer early stage companies. MassChallenge’s pool of mentors are world class and highly experienced, each one devoted to helping his or her mentee companies grow and succeed.
The four TBF Bootcamp days will each be dedicated to providing guidance surrounding startup-specific focus areas: Product Development, Sales & Marketing, Fundraising and Pitching. At the start of each Bootcamp day, startups will receive insight and guidance on each of these subject matters, followed by several hours devoted to creating tangible takeaways in each of the focus areas.
MassChallenge has 35,000 square feet of innovative Office Space which all participating TBF Bootcamp startups are granted access to. In addition to plenty of desk space, Startups will also be able to utilize our state of the art MADE@MassChallenge Hardware research and development Lab.
After 3 intensive days of curriculum, workshops and mentor sessions, startups will participate in a pitch competition. Over the course of one day, each participating startup will have the option to pitch in front of a panel of 3-4 Judges. The startups that are determined to be the most high-impact after giving their pitch will ultimately win the pitch competition and be a recipient of a 2018 MassChallenge Fast Track spot.
Winners of the TBF Bootcamp Pitch Competition will have an opportunity to bypass the first round of judging for the MassChallenge accelerator. Automatically eligible for in-person pitching during round two, the winner will be one step closer to potentially joining the 2018 MassChallenge Boston cohort. If selected, they will have unrivaled access to top corporates, expert mentorship, free office space, and a global network of resources and support -- all at zero cost and for zero equity. At the culmination of the four-month program, which runs from June through October, top startups compete for shares of up to 1.5M in cash prizes.
Applications must be submitted before Monday, February 26, 2018 at 12:00 noon.