MassChallenge Boot Camp Day 1

On Thursday, June 26th, 128 startups gathered to officially kick off the 2014 accelerator season with our annual Boot Camp series - a week long series of events sponsored by Foley & Lardner where we gather top experts in the area to educate our startups about Fundraising, Marketing, and more!


  1. Our President, Akhil Nigam, kicked it off the morning by inspiring our Finalists to inspire, educate, and connect. He encouraged every finalist to look around, make new friends, and to not squander their time during the accelerator: 
  2. This was followed by a great presentation from Foley & Lardner's Ed LeFevre. We're extremely glad to have the support of Foley & Lardner as we strive to provide entrepreneurs with the best resources in the innovation ecosystem: 
  3. Our keynote, Diane Hessan, Chairman of Communispace, shared her inspiring story about entrepreneurial dreams: 
  4. It was during her presentation that she asked the audience how many of them were not from Boston or America, highlighting how truly global MassChallenge is: 
  5. Clearly, the Finalists were having a good time! 
  6. However, the ice still needed to be broken. Luckily, the good folks from Improv Asylum were on hand to save the day! 
  7. What did our #MCfinalist think tank create with @improvasylum? Organic and nutritious crayons for toddlers! #MC 
  8. Startups and improv have a ton of similarities: