MassChallenge awards 3 R.I. startups $100K

Updated at 11:03 a.m.

THREE RHODE ISLAND startups were awarded a combined $100,000 at the 2019 MassChallenge Awards Ceremony Thursday.
THREE RHODE ISLAND startups were awarded a combined $100,000 at the 2019 MassChallenge Awards Ceremony Thursday.

PROVIDENCE – MassChallenge awarded $1 million to 12 startups participating in its 10th annual Boston accelerator and second annual Rhode Island accelerator at an awards event in Boston Thursday evening.

Three Rhode Island startups were awarded a combined $100,000 at the event. The winners, each receiving up to $50,000, were:

  • GoTeff, a company that sources and sells Teff products, supporting Ethiopian farmers.
  • Legably, a marketplace to connect freelance attorneys with law firms and legal staffing agencies for short-term work.
  • Intus Care, a mobile platform connecting home care providers with the elderly and disabled in need of care.

“It has been an incredible honor to work so closely with this year’s cohort of startups. They are not only shaping and, in some cases, reshaping the future of the world, but of Rhode Island too,” said Hope Hopkins, program director, MassChallenge Rhode Island, in a statement. “Over these last four months I have witnessed the commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation amongst key stakeholders across the region. That this was only our second year running a full Rhode Island accelerator program, it’s been amazing to see the emerging strength of our ecosystem. The growth and traction these incredible companies have had to date comes as no surprise; congratulations to all of our Rhode Island companies!”


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Eleven participants in the Boston accelerator program also received awards Thursday evening:

  • Tellus Thrapeutics: $100,000
  • Ashored Innovations: $75,000
  • EnVision Endoscopy Inc.: $75,000
  • JobGet: Up to $50,000
  • Lab Grown Source: Up to $50,000
  • Legacy: Up to $50,000
  • Pison: Up to $50,000
  • Rezztek by SPECTER HOCKEY: Up to $50,000
  • United Aircaraft Technologies Inc.: Up to $50,000
  • Axonis and Encapsulate received a combined $500,000 from MassChallenge for the Boeing and ISS National Lab Technology in Space prize.

Winners were chosen from more than 130 startup participants in the accelerator programs. Th award ceremony also featured a keynote speech from Airbnb co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Nathan Blecharczyk.

Correction: a previous version of this article inaccurately identified the total amount granted to Rhode Island participants. The total amount awarded to those participants was $100,000.

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