MassChallenge has announced that 84 early-stage startups, including some from North Texas, will join together in Austin for its first Texas-based accelerator.
MassChallenge is a not-for-profit global network of zero-equity startup accelerators.
According to a release, the 84 startups come from a wide range of industries — agriculture, gaming, consumer, and medical devices. This year’s cohort came from more than 520 applicants from which 280 were asked to pitch MassChallenge Texas’ expert community at Strasburger & Price LLP in Austin.
“The 84 startups are primed to drive real change and create enormous impact both in their communities and around the world.”
The startups come from five continents, 11 countries, 12 states, and five major Texas regions, including Dallas-Fort Worth, MassChallenge said.
Some 32 percent of the startup founders are female.
“The 84 startups are primed to drive real change and create enormous impact both in their communities and around the world,” John Harthorne, founder and CEO of MassChallenge said in the release.
The MassChallenge Texas team undertook a seven-week roadshow after the program’s launch in October, hosting 37 events in such places as Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Austin, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, and San Marcos.
The DFW startups are:
- Carrollton-based Dynofit Inc., a medical device startup
- Dallas-based FastVisa, which provides electronic fill-in immigration forms.
- Farmers Branch-based PrimeVOX, which develops ways for businesses and individuals to better communicate via the internet.
The SXSW appearance is just one of many developments for the Dallas startup, which created a platform to streamline the immigration paperwork process.
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