MassChallenge Texas: Meet the Summer Cohort

In a new limited series, Dallas Innovates is highlighting the local startups in MassChallenge Texas' latest cohort, which aims to make the state "the best in the world to start and scale a business."

MassChallenge Texas is on a mission to make this state the best in the world to start and scale a business.

Though the MassChallenge organization stretches across the globe, Texas is the second domestic location for the Boston-based accelerator, which has offices in Austin and Houston. According to MassChallenge, its traction across the state proves that the model attracts, advances, and accelerates the mission of all players in the ecosystem, including both startups and corporate innovators. 

With a mission to strengthen the global innovation ecosystem, MassChallenge accelerates high-potential startups across all industries. The ‘zero-equity startup accelerator’ does so by providing early-stage entrepreneurs resources to lead their own growth, create jobs, and generate wealth.

This summer, MassChallenge Texas announced its newest cohorts for its Lonestar state programs. Of the participating Texas startups, six are based in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Until October, the selected startups will (virtually) gain valuable mentorship, coursework, and networking on scaling, business development, and more. The program concludes with the top startups pitching for equity-free cash prizes up to $500,000 in Austin and up to $250,000 in Houston.


Dallas Innovates teamed up with MassChallenge to highlight the entrepreneurs and their high-impact companies. Meet the North Texas startups in our limited series: Briocare, Articulate Labs, and From the Future. Watch for stories on Tremedics, Vigilant Software, and Hashing Systems in the coming days.


In total, the organization in June announced 56 startups to the Houston cohort, which has a Space Commercialization track and a Sports Tech track. 58 startups were named to the Austin cohort with its new focus area called the Safety & Security track, which aims to boost startups related to national defense and public safety.

The world is up against “new challenges that require creative solutions to help us get back to speed as quickly and as efficiently as possible,” Jon Nordby, the managing director of MassChallenge Texas in Houston, said in a statement.

Nordby sees the incoming cohort as “uniquely positioned to make an impact because of their ability to act swiftly,” while adapting to market needs. “The founders will go on to create the impact and the jobs that will underpin the recovery of our economy for years to come,” he said.

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