SeedStories Ep 8: MassChallenge’s Scott Bailey on the 26 Startups Competing for $1.5M in Boston

By October 17, 2016SeedStories Podcast

On the latest SeedStories podcast we sat down with Scott Bailey, Managing Director of MassChallenge’s flagship program in Boston.

In his role, Scott oversees the much heralded Boston competition & accelerator. Scott has served as a key member of the MassChallenge team since its early days in 2010. Most recently, he held the position of Senior Director of Partnerships, raising $4M+ of cash and $10M+ of in-kind sponsorships in 2014 to support the organization.

In addition, Scott has worked closely with MassChallenge founders, cultivating a vast network of supporters that are committed to the organization and its startups.

MassChallenge recently announced the 26 startups that will compete for $1.5M in equity free cash this November. In our conversation, we dive into the finalists, trends among the group, and much more, including:

  • How MassChallenge got from 128 to 26 finalists and the judgement criteria they use that focuses on impact and potential
  • Of the top 26 chosen, 35 percent are women-founded, and they represent a broad range of industries, including high-tech, healthcare and social impact.
  • As an accelerator that does not take equity from the companies in its programs, how MassChallenge is different from other accelerator programs like TechStars and Y Combinator. 
  • How MassChallenge works with the city of Boston, other municipalities and corporate sponsors.
  • The 2016 MassChallenge Awards that take place on  Nov. 2 at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and will determine the final winners. 

Enjoy!

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