Our Origins

MassChallenge was founded with a singular purpose – to make it as easy as possible for entrepreneurs to launch and grow new ventures

MassChallenge co-founders John Harthorne and Akhil Nigam were working as strategy consultants at Bain & Company during the global economic recession in 2008. It was at this time that John and Akhil envisioned a creative, inspired society in which everyone is empowered and has the resources to maximize their impact.
In 2010, John and Akhil launched the not-for-profit MassChallenge to create a global movement to support entrepreneurship. With a proven no-strings attached model and global reach, MassChallenge works to reprioritize impact and to put value creation at the heart of the global economy

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