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MassChallenge Texas Announces Inaugural Class With 84 Startups

masschallenge-Texas-top MassChallenge Texas Announces Inaugural Class With 84 StartupsMassChallenge Texas’ Inaugural Class Features 84 High Impact Startups

Last all when we reported that MassChallenge was expanding to Texas we knew that it would be both wildly successful and wildly popular. The announcement of their first class of startups proves that they are definitely on that track.

MassChallenge, which gets their name from their roots in the Boston area of Massachusetts has programs around the world today. MassChallenge Texas is their second program in the United States. Startups are attracted to the programs successful alumni, strong mentor community and zero-equity program. With that, over 500 startups applied to be part of this inaugural cohort in Austin Texas. Of those 280 were invited to pitch MassChallenge Texas’ expert community at Strasburger & Price LLP in downtown Austin.

The 520 applications came from 5 continents, 11 countries and 12 states. All 5 major Texas regions were represented (Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, San Antonio and of course Austin). 32% of the startups that applied had female founders.

“We are extremely proud to welcome such a strong cohort of startups to the first MassChallenge Texas accelerator program,” said John Harthorne, Founder and CEO of MassChallenge. “The 84 startups are primed to drive real change and create enormous impact both in their communities and around the world.”

“The Texas innovation community rallied behind our not-for-profit mission by connecting us to the best and brightest entrepreneurs and serving as active participants in identifying the highest-impact and highest potential early-stage startups through a week-long, live judging process,” said Mike Millard, Managing Director of MassChallenge Texas. “This proves that Texas is ready to create a single, collaborative startup ecosystem. Only together can we achieve our goal to make Texas the best place in the world to innovate.”

These 84 startups will participate in the accelerator which kicks off in early April 2018 and culminates in August 2018 at the MassChallenge Texas Awards Ceremony. The top startups in the cohort will pitch for the opportunity to win a portion of up to $500,000 in equity-free grants.

U.S. – Texas
Our app and program help students/schools/parents better understand the advantages of furthering their education and win scholarships.

Abraxas Technology
U.S. – Texas
Abraxas Technology is bringing out-of-home advertisement into the digital age by allowing advertisers to calculate their ROI in real-time.

Advanced Scanners, Inc.
U.S. – Texas

A 3D Optical Vision System for Brain Surgeons to track and correct brain shift.

Aggressively Organic
U.S. – Indiana
We offer a simple hydroponic system for plant-to-plate food production that anyone can afford and use regardless of experience and space.


Agile Agriculture Technologies
We are taking the guesswork out of fertilization and pesticide spraying in real time, with a machine vision/learning plug and play device.

U.S. – Texas
AquaSprouts allows anyone to easily bring an aquaponic or hydroponic garden into their home, office or classroom, right out of the box.


Atlas Regeneration Technologies
U.S. – Texas
Atlas was formed in El Paso, Texas, and is developing a hardness sensor that can improve the efficiency and performance of water softeners.


U.S. – California
BabyNoggin identifies the 1/4 of American kids who are at risk of developmental delays to their doctors and local resources.



Bezoar Laboratories


Big Wheelbarrow
U.S. – Texas
Big Wheelbarrow helps food wholesalers easily find & purchase from small local farms by using AI to aggregate, automate, and manage orders.

Black Business University
U.S. – Texas

Black Business University is an online course marketplace that provides affordable biz education, mentoring, and support to black entrepreneurs.

Black Fret
U.S. – Texas

Black Fret is an innovative evolution of the symphony patronage model that supports local music via a national network of local incubators.

U.S. – Kentucky

Blockchain e-prescribing to combat the opioid crisis, improve health outcomes, and save lives.

Blue Zero Homes


Brain Stem AI

Brands Of
Puerto Rico
Help local brands and businesses better understand the market of their diaspora and export their products worldwide.

Carrot Pants Studios
U.S. – Texas

We tell stories that bring the world of electronics to life for kids and families.


Cloud 9


Cloud Dentistry
U.S. – Texas

Uber meets LinkedIn for dental professionals. We provide on-demand medical personnel through an interactive online platform.


Complai (DBA Shep)
U.S. – Texas

Shep is a plug-n-play Chrome extension that shows employees what to book on most travel sites, tracks expenses & rewards savings.




Diffregen, Inc
U.S. – Texas

Diffregen is attacking Leukemia at its core with new therapeutics that stop progression and activate the healthy immune system.


Dynofit, Inc.
U.S. – Texas

Flexdot is a cell phone based wearable sensor for physical rehab that reads the muscle action of any muscle and pairs with apps and games.


Educational Documentary Services Trust
EduDoc produces and distributes curriculum-based multimedia educational resources, serving students in off-grid, offline communities.


U.S. – Texas
The smart pill box with brains and beauty.

U.S. – Texas

EQO brings uses molecular solutions for environmental problems. We treat aquatic invasive species like cancer.

U.S. – Texas
FADE is the world’s first men’s lifestyle app.

U.S. – Texas

FastVisa is a process automation company for immigration workflow. We’re reinventing the current immigration process as an automated process.


U.S. – Texas

Connecting businesses with their prospective customers in real-time by leveraging AI.


Future Sight AR
U.S. – Texas

The future doesn’t arrive – it’s built. We provide augmented reality work instructions to field engineers & construction workers in OG&C.




U.S. – Texas

GrubTubs collects leftover food from restaurants to create animal feed – saving local farmers thousands per month on feed costs.


U.S. – Florida

GuestBox is a subscription box service for Airbnb and vacation rental hosts to welcome and delight their guests.

Halo Life Science
U.S. – Texas

Halo’s functional nutrient Naturalin, added to foods makes them better for you, more nutritious, and will significantly impact world health.


U.S. – New Jersey

We boost conversions and improve e-commerce engagement with virtual dressing room with seamless integration with Shopify, Magento etc.


U.S. – California
Innovein is advancing vein care with a first-of-its-kind replacement valve for veins.
Instapath Inc.
U.S. – Louisiana

We developed a revolutionary microscopy system for real time pathology review, so patients can get an early and accurate diagnosis.
U.S. – Texas

We connect people to their loved ones and their loved things with a simple and charge free smart location device.




Laelaps (Specifi-Kali, LLC)
U.S. – Texas

Laelaps is a groundbreaking GPS-based system that brings reliability to tracking and asset monitoring devices in the outdoors.


Living a Book – A reading experience

Living a Book gives you a unique and immersive reading experience, Books, audiobooks and VR-360 stories with multiple endings.


U.S. – Texas

We are reducing over-consumption by making it as easy to rent and share as it is to buy.


Multisensor Diagnostics, LLC




Newormics, LLC
U.S. – Texas
Newormics provides optical and micro-technologies to advance early stage drug discovery with cost effective solutions using humanized models.


Next Play, Inc.
U.S – California
Enterprise AI software for inclusive mentoring.

U.S. – Texas
We provide a tissue engineered matrix for nipple areolar regeneration after mastectomy.

U.S. – Colorado

We enhance democracy through live streaming and archiving legislative sessions, offering innovative search, share, and notification features.


Partboyz Auto Parts

Partboyz Auto Parts mission is to bring the car parts business in Africa into the 21st century.


Penguino Travel
U.S. – Texas
Penguino Travel is a peer-to-peer platform empowering families go on life-changing adventures.


U.S. – Texas
We’re building AdMob for the physical world. Our initial network is in grocery, the highest traffic space in retail.


PrimeVOX Communications
U.S. – Texas
We are a modern telecommunications service provider revolutionizing telecom with game-changing infrastructure and software.


PYT Funds Inc, Pay Your Tuition
U.S. – Washington D.C.
PYT, Pay Your Tuition is changing the way families finance and pay for higher education using technology to create the best private loan.


re:3D, Inc
U.S. – Texas

At re:3D we’re working to modify Gigabot – the world’s largest, affordable, industrial 3D printer- to 3D print from reclaimed plastic trash.



U.S. – California

ReillyWorks “Phygital” Kit with unlimited Game Packs combine Augmented Reality + Smart Objects into immersive storytelling and family fun!


U.S. – Texas

Resthetics converts waste anesthesia into a safe, renewable resource.

Revolution Computing, Inc.
U.S. – Texas
Revolution Computing is developing a revolutionary new processor architecture to accelerate emerging graph and machine learning applications.


U.S. – Illinois

Savant is an “enterprise” solution for the sharing economy – we transform scrappy freelancers into sharing experts.




U.S. – Texas
Applies in seconds to the ear & wirelessly monitors 100+ vitals non-invasively in non-sterile conditions supporting triage & telemedicine.


U.S. – Texas

SenceTech- Bridging the gap between consumers & healthcare providers by providing consumers insights with deeper medical analysis for Dr.s.


Shower Stream
U.S. – Texas

The problem of Shower Warm-up Waste, which costs $50bn in water and energy in the U.S. annually, can be solved by installing Shower Stream.


U.S. – Texas

SkillsEngine connects educators and employers using artificial intelligence to validate skill requirements so students are more employable.




U.S. – Texas
SmartShunt cerebrospinal fluid flow detection is a compelling and disruptive solution to a common problem in the hydrocephalus patients.




Steadiwear Inc

We developed the Steadiglove – a lightweight & battery-free glove that stabilizes the wrist in Essential Tremor & Parkinson’s disease.


SurgePower Materials
U.S. – Texas
A green company that produces high quality graphene, a key nanomaterial that improves performance of batteries, from a renewable resource.



The Mentor Method

U.S. – Virginia
The Mentor Method creates inclusive workplace cultures through mentoring diverse talent.


The Tiny Heights
U.S. – Texas
The Tiny Heights is a tiny house community development consisting of homes under 1,000 sqft. that can be paid off in 12 years or less.

Tiny House Coffee Roasters
U.S. – Texas
The tiny house movement taught us to dream big by thinking small. We collaborate with small-scale producers to bring the world great coffee.
Toggle Health
U.S. – Kentucky

Toggle Health connects surgeon to their digital case data in the sterile field of the operating room using a sterile wireless controller.


U.S. – Texas
A food system built for people not shelves.


Vena Medical

Vena Medical makes a fiber optic imaging catheter that allows physicians to see inside arteries and veins during complex procedures.

Vigilant Waste Technologies, Inc.
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Prevent opioid diversion in the hospital and reduce the compliance burden by automating drug analysis and verification at the point of care.

Vinder, Inc.
U.S. – Washington

Vinder is a peer-to-peer marketplace for homegrown produce. Buy/sell/trade with your community. Localizing the global food system.




Web2ship Services Sdn Bhd
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U.S. – California

Whimmly delivers virtual personal shoppers for eCommerce stores, using deep learning and natural language generation.

Yotta Solar Inc.
U.S. – Texas
Energy storage coupled with solar panel installations through patent-pending thermal regulated high life battery.


YOUR6, Inc.

U.S. – Texas

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U.S. – Texas
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