Following a series of bootcamps in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, 10 startups have been named the winners of the first Bridge to MassChallenge Australia competition, winning a spot in a five day bootcamp in Boston next year.
As part of the program, scheduled for February, the teams will receive one on one mentorship and training, and opportunities to explore the Boston startup landscape. They will also be competing for five spots in an international MassChallenge accelerator.
Mike LaRhette, president of MassChallenge, said the organisation had enjoyed working with the “many players and supporters” in the ecosystem to run the Bridge to MassChallenge bootcamps across Australia.
“I am very impressed by the 10 outstanding startups that have been chosen from across Australia. Australia’s entrepreneurs have so much to offer, and we look forward to welcoming these startups to Boston,” he said.
The arrival of MassChallenge in Australia was first announced in April, with the Federal Government partnering with Microsoft to bring the organisation down under and the NSW, Victorian, and SA governments later signing on.
Founded in Boston in 2010, MassChallenge operates full accelerator programs in countries including Israel, the UK, Switzerland, and Mexico. Over 1,200 alumni have raised over $1.8 billion and generated over $700 million in revenue.
The startups heading to Boston are:
Conweigh – a mobile service that weighs shipping containers
MyGolgi – a wearable that helps identify the source of injuries and help with recovery
Microba – helping sequence microbiomes to further understand their impact on someone’s health and wellbeing
Edufolios – an easy to use online portfolio for teachers
Freddi – automating business processes for small and medium sized businesses
Kick.it – building an app to help smokers quit
PsyberSafe – looking to keep children safe from predators online
CleverDux – CleverDux has created products that help with the identification of asthma, allergies, and other medical conditions in children
Digital Homebrew – the startup is creating Pourtal, a virtual bartender
StopRotor – a new drone technology
Image: the Bridge to MassChallenge winners. Source: Twitter.