Become a Startup Scout

Join us as a VC Startup Scout and harness the thrill of spotting the next big innovation, while expanding your personal network with startup pioneers. Catch the vision, drive the future.


MassChallenge is a global, zero-equity startup accelerator that has championed over 2,344 startups since its establishment in 2010. Through its 4 months accelerator program, it provides startups with world-class mentorship, a vast network, and education, along with over 3 million dollars in cash prizes each year to the enterprises that provide the highest impact and potential in their industries.

Notable success stories from MassChallenge include Relayr, which raised over 100 million dollars in funding and was eventually acquired by the insurance conglomerate, Munich Re, for 300 million dollars. Another successful startup is Ginkgo Bioworks which raised a 2.5 billion dollar valuation. These examples illustrate the real impact and contribution MassChallenge makes by bolstering startups.

MassChallenge prides itself on taking no equity from the companies it helps to launch. Founders retain full ownership of their companies while receiving the full benefit of the accelerator’s resources. This sets MassChallenge apart from the majority of accelerators that typically exchange their resources for company equity.

The accelerator is passionate about fostering creativity, innovation, and growth across a wide variety of industries. Founders from any place around the world and from any industry may apply, with over 95 countries currently represented in the MassChallenge alumni.

MassChallenge has also introduced new initiatives like MassChallenge HealthTech and MassChallenge FinTech that specialize in fostering growth and innovation specifically in the health and financial sectors. Aiming to solve some of the world's massive yet unmet needs, these initiatives provide startups with strategic partnerships, industry resources and mentorship to meet their specific, industry-related needs.

MassChallenge has seen incredible support from corporate, public, and philanthropic partners such as Fidelity, Deshpande Foundation, Microsoft, CASIS and others. This aligns with MassChallenge’s goal of fostering a global, supportive community of startups.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

MassChallenge's Accelerator connects startup investors with dealflow opportunities from cutting-edge innovators and startups. Join now to create a pipeline of potential investments.

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Scout Programs in Other Global Startup Hubs


Do you interview founders & startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

Scout founders you interview →

Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

Scout startups you sit next to→

Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

Scout startups at your event →


Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

Scout startups at your university →

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