Bridge to MassChallenge Cork

2nd November 2017

Posted In: FYI

Cork County Council, endorsed by Enterprise Ireland and Health Innovation Hub Ireland, recently unveiled its ground-breaking partnership with MassChallenge TM, the world’s largest not-for-profit no equity start-up accelerator based in Boston, Massachusetts, with the launch of the first ever Bridge to MassChallenge partnership in Ireland, entitled Bridge to MassChallenge Cork or B2MCCork.

To date, MassChallenge has accelerated 1,211 start-ups worldwide, which together have raised 2 billion USD in funding, generated 900 million USD in revenue and created over 65,000 direct and indirect jobs in several locations across the world.

Bridge to MassChallenge Cork, will present a unique opportunity to early stage start-ups with potential to scale and to connect with a global support system.  It is an international start-up competition that identifies and accelerates the top start-ups in the region and connects those start-ups to the global market through MassChallenge’s global network.  All twenty successful applicants will benefit from significant international mentoring and networking opportunities.

Applications will open on Monday 20th November. These will be evaluated by a panel of MassChallenge experts who will select twenty ambitious start-ups in the Life Sciences, Medical Technology and/or Digital Health Sector. These start-ups should have plans to scale up and connect internationally and will be offered the opportunity to participate in a week-long Cork boot camp commencing in February 2018.

This boot camp will conclude with an intensive competition to determine the top ten start-ups to emerge from the Cork boot camp, as selected by this process. These ten will then advance to a one-week all expenses paid intensive boot camp in Boston, in April 2018. From this, the top two companies will be selected to go forward to second round judging for one of MassChallenge’s international accelerators.

‘We are delighted to be bringing MassChallenge to Cork” said Tim Lucey, Chief Executive, Cork County Council.

‘The Cork and Boston based boot camps will expose ambitious start-ups to a leading international entrepreneurial ecosystem and equip them with international best practice from the MassChallenge international model on start-up supports. The Programme will enable participants to network internationally while being exposed to sector specific experts. MassChallenge has a track record of collaborating with more than 100 of the world’s most innovative organisations including Pfizer, GE and Microsoft to scale ambitious start ups and we look forward to embedding some of our innovative regional companies into this progressive community’ said Mr. Lucey.

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Pictured (L-R) Tim Lucey Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Sharon Corcoran Director of Economic Development and Tourism at Cork County Council, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Joe Carroll and Martin Corkery Regional Director at Enterprise Ireland.