Boston calling as Bridge to Mass Challenge Cork opens for entries

Pictured: Tim Lucey and Sharon Corcoran, Cork County Council; Deputy Mayor Cllr. Joe Carroll; and Martin Corkery, Enterprise Ireland



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25 October 2017 | 0

Cork County Council and announced a partnership with not-for-profit start-up accelerator MassChallenge.

Bridge to MassChallenge Cork (B2M Cork) 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.

Twenty applicants from the life science, medtech and digital health sectors will be selected for a week-long bootcamp, 10 of which will go through to a one-week intensive bootcamp in Boston.

From this, two companies will be selected to go forward to second round judging for entry to one of MassChallenge’s international accelerators.

Tim Lucey, chief executive, Cork County Council, said: “This partnership with MassChallenge is founded on the Council’s mission to strengthen our regional innovation ecosystem and its stakeholders, driving the creation of high-quality jobs by supporting our native entrepreneurs and connecting them into a world class network.

“The Cork and Boston boot camps will expose the 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.”

MassChallenge has developed 1,211 start-ups worldwide, which together have raised $2 billion in funding, generated $900 million in revenue and created over 65,000 direct and indirect jobs around the world.

Applications open on 20 November.

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