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Bridge to MassChallenge Biscay is an international startup competition that identifies and accelerates the top startups in Biscay and Gipuzkoa, and connects those startups to the global market and MassChallenge's global network.


We are pleased to announce the fifth year of Bridge to MassChallenge Biscay, in partnership with the Biscay Regional Government of the Basque Country. Bridge to MassChallenge strengthens innovation ecosystems and drives the creation of high quality jobs by supporting entrepreneurs and connecting them to our global network. We will be supporting entrepreneurs in both Biscay and Gipuzkoa.


When is the program?

  • January 20, 2020: Applications open
  • February 3, 2020: Applications close
  • February 19, 2020: Top 25 Announcement
  • March 4-6, 2020: Semi final judging in Bilbao
  • March 6, 2020: Top 15 Notified
  • March 30-April 2, 2020: Boot camp in Boston 
  • May 2020: Winners fast-tracked to global semifinals


Program overview

Applications for the Biscay startup competition open on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 0:00 CET and the deadline for submissions is Monday February 3, 2020 at 23:59 CET

Local and international expert judges will evaluate online applications to determine which 25 startups will advance to an in-person pitching round in Bilbao on March 4-6.

Following the regional application process, selected startups will participate in an intensive, multi-day, all expenses paid boot camp in Boston where they will receive:

  • Tailored training and workshops
  • One-on-one mentorship from top international experts
  • Networking opportunities
  • Unique access to the city's business ecosystem

A final pitch round during the boot camp will determine the Top 4 teams to advance to the semifinal round of the global MassChallenge competition, with a stipend provided by the Regional Government of Biscay for that opportunity.


Testimonials from B2MC Alumni

“B2MC Biscay was in itself a great experience: an intense week perfectly organized for us to attend great talks from mentors, entrepreneurs and experts in different fields from sales, to IT or VC industry experts. That week was also fun, allowing a group of local entrepreneurs to connect and bond. But the best part of B2MC Biscay was that it helped us win a spot in the 4 months long MC Boson program, which is the actual acceleration program, which we did along dozens of other startups from the US and other countries. This program helped our company make meaningful partnerships and receive mentoring from advisors who would have otherwise been unthinkable for us. I strongly recommend both programs to any entrepreneur willing to take his/her startup to the next level.

- Tabi Vicuña, CEO, Heepsy (B2MC Biscay 2018)



Applications are now closed!


About Bridge to MassChallenge

Bridge to MassChallenge strengthens innovation ecosystems and drives the creation of high quality jobs by supporting entrepreneurs and connecting them to MassChallenge’s global network. The program collaborates with local entities to understand the potential and strategic value of their unique ecosystem, empowers them to build their innovation communities, and connects them to global markets.


About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. To date, more than 2,300 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $5 billion in funding, generated approximately $2.7 billion in revenue, and created over 150,000 total jobs.

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