BostInno: "Here Are MassChallenge’s Top 26 Startups for 2017"

By Dylan Martin

· Cozykin,Press

MassChallenge has named the top 26 startups of its Boston startup accelerator that will compete for a total of $1.5 million in equity-free prizes.

Per usual, the list includes some familiar faces for BostInno readers, including Athletes of Valor, which we first covered in 2016. Readers may also recognize OffGridBox and Voatz, which both went through the Techstars Boston accelerator earlier this year.

The 26 startups — which span from high tech and consumer goods to healthcare and social impact — were chosen out of 128 startups that have been working out of MassChallenge’s Seaport space since May. The winners will be announced at the accelerator’s awards gala on November 2 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, where WeWork CEO and co-founder Adam Neumann will be the keynote speaker.

Here are MassChallenge’s top 26 startups (descriptions provided by MassChallenge):

General/Retail/Consumer Goods

Adeo Health Science  Massachusetts — Prevents food allergies in infants.

ADIFF New York — A humanitarian fashion brand that creates functional clothing for style and


OnRoutNew York — Lowers e-commerce shipping costs by taking trucks off the road.

SkelmetMassachusetts — Revolutionizes the wearables industry with 3D Fit technology that automatically measures, designs, and produces bespoke products.

Vence CorpCalifornia — A hardware and software solution for livestock farmers which increases revenues, eliminates fencing costs/capex and reduces labor expenses.

Social Impact

Athletes of ValorMassachusetts — Helps servicemen and women transition into collegiate sports and later into careers by providing an online platform, resources, and community.

Girls Health Champions — Massachusetts — Works to mitigate gender inequality and its impact on health outcomes by training teen girls as peer health educators.

Miracle Messages— California — Rebuilds social support systems for the homeless.

Skillist Massachusetts — Connects untapped talent to in-demand jobs.

Y2YMassachusetts — Interrupts a generation of chronic homelessness by providing sanctuary from the streets and supportive pathways out of homelessness.

High Tech

CadenceNew York — Makes event management effortless by helping businesses deliver unforgettable events with purpose.

CozyKin — Massachusetts — Creates the sharing economy for childcare by matching local families with Montessori-trained nannies in-home nanny share.

GuardionMassachusetts — Helps governments reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism with networkable, low cost, ultra-sensitive ionizing radiation sensors.

Ghamut — Massachusetts — Introduces Connect, a social-networking service that helps users build new platonic relationships, face-to-face.

The PuffinMassachusetts — Enhances the lives of people with disabilities by creating assistive tech that facilitates community inclusion and employment opportunities.

VoatzMassachusetts — A mobile election platform, secured via smart biometrics, real-time ID verification, and the blockchain for irrefutability.

W8XMassachusetts — Develops a smart and compact weight lifting system that empowers athletes to reach their limits.

Healthcare/Life Sciences

CareAlineMassachusetts — Functional line and risk management garments for PICC and Central Lines.

NonspecMassachusetts — Provides affordable, adjustable prosthetic limb kits for amputees and clinicians worldwide.

Pykus TherapeuticsMassachusetts — Developing a dissolvable intraocular device to make retinal surgery less painful and more successful.

Reveal PharmaMassachusetts — Addresses the $1B need for safe gadolinium-free MRI contrast agents for all patients who need crucial diagnostic imaging.

ReviveMedMassachusetts — A machine-learning platform that translates data from small molecules into the right therapeutics for the right patients.

UrSure Inc. —Massachusetts — Makes medical diagnostics to protect vulnerable patients from HIV infections.

VeripadNew York — Creates an affordable and portable solution that allows for rapid screening of medication quality.

VetiVaxConnecticut — Commercializes personalized cancer immunotherapies for pets.

Energy/Clean Tech

OffGridBoxMassachusetts — Modular and compact units that provide renewable energy and treated water in remote areas.