Early Returns for MassChallenge Inaugural Class

As MassChallenge, a Boston-based $1 million global start-up competition and accelerator designed to catalyze the success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses, closes in on the October graduation of its 2011 class, we’d be remiss not to highlight the achievements of the class of 2010. 

According to a recent press release, in the last 12 months, the 111 Finalists from the first-ever MassChallenge accelerator program have raised over $90 Million in outside funding and have created nearly 500 new jobs. These start-ups represent all industries and levels of development within the early-stage spectrum and with several hundred promising young start-ups in the mix, MassChallenge organizers expect a significant acceleration of growth and job creation over the next 24 months.

Although terms weren’t disclosed, Ksplice, a 2010 MassChallenge winner, was acquired by Oracle last month , marking the first exit of a MassChallenge-supported start-up.

There are a number of fantastic incubator programs in the Boston area, but it’s worth noting that MassChallenge-supported start-ups are extremely satisfied customers. Following the 2010 program, MassChallenge asked the 111 finalists how likely they were to recommend MassChallenge to other start-ups on a scale of 0-10. Nearly 80% answered 9 or 10, and less than 1% answered 6 or lower, resulting in a “net promoter score” of 87.3%!

The MassChallenge competition is open to anyone in the world, with any new start-up, in any industry. There were 733 entrants from 24 countries in 2011.

This post was authored by Ryan Sansom.

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