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Babson Entrepreneurs Make Finalist Stage Of MassChallenge 2012

Ten Babson entrepreneurs from nine new startups are among the 125 finalists for the 2012 MassChallenge competition.

All 125 finalists will receive 3+ months of intensive mentorship and other free resources including office space and introductions to customers and funding sources. In October, a final round of judging will identify the 10-20 startups which will split $1M in cash for their businesses, along with enhanced PR and privileged access to top investors seeking to place seed capital to work in high-growth firms.

Complete list of 125 MassChallenge Finalists:

“MassChallenge is proud to welcome the 2012 MassChallenge finalists. This class of entrepreneurs is working on some of the world’s toughest problems and represents some truly amazing ideas. These businesses are providing innovative solutions to global problems. ONE Marina Park Drive will remain an exciting and vibrant space for the next few months, and we are grateful to all of our supporters, especially Fan Pier who generously houses these innovators with world-class office space and facilities.”

– Akhil Nigam, Founder & President, MassChallenge

Babson finalists are:

• Atomic Tower ─ is a web reporting engine that allows use of the cloud without losing access to the data that makes you successful.  Brian LeBlanc & Sarah Best

• Design Museum ─ is a new kind of museum in New England dedicated solely to design. It’s transformative and informative; it’s inviting and uniting. Sam Aquillano

• Klypper Inc. ─ is a mobile video platform that uses drawing, text, and emoticons to create engaging, interactive experiences. Farnaz Bakhtari

• Memory on Hand – develops and delivers technology accessories for active students of the mobile generation.  Andrew Kitzenberg

• MyStable – is an easy-to-use mobile software that revolutionizes the horse management industry. Marissa Stashenko

• Pegasus Performance – produces patent-pending garments to reduce injuries from bike crashes. Jason Dieffenbacher

• recruiterbox – is a tool to receive and manage job applications sent to your company. Raj Sheth

• Sweet Corn Tortilla Chips – first chips made with real sweet corn on the cob and organic white corn that is Gluten free, kosher, Youthtrade and non GMO certified. Cameron Sheldrake

• Wanderu – Kayak-like ground travel search that lets consumers find and book intercity-buses and trains. Polina Raygorodskaya

MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached.

• 3-month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more.

• $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support.

• Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry.

• No equity taken. No restrictions applied.

MassChallenge runs a $1M global startup accelerator and competition to catalyze the launch and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses. The competition is open to any startup in the world, in any industry. MassChallenge is designed to identify, strengthen and facilitate funding for the world’s highest impact startups, and the judging criteria are focused on the entrant’s proposed impact and their potential for success.

President Obama honored MassChallenge in January of 2011 as one of the nation’s best organizations for supporting high-growth entrepreneurs, and MassChallenge was the youngest inaugural member of the Startup America Partnership.

As an independent non-profit, MassChallenge does not take equity from entrants or place any restrictions on winners – there are no strings attached to the competition or awards. MassChallenge is designed entirely to help entrepreneurs win. The 2012 accelerator phase will take place from end of June through September and winners will be announced on October 23. You can read more about MassChallenge here:
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