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Bridge to MassChallenge Cork is an international startup competition, in partnership with the Cork County Council, that identifies and accelerates the top healthcare and life sciences startups in the Republic of Ireland, and connects those startups to the global market and MassChallenge's global network.


Applications for the Cork startup competition open on Monday, November 20, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is Friday, December 22, 2017 at 18:00 GMT. Local and international expert judges will evaluate online applications to determine which 20 startups will advance to a startup boot camp and an in-person pitch competition in Cork in February 2018. The semi-final competition in February will select the top 10 teams who will participate in an all-expenses paid startup boot camp in Boston in April 2018. Please see the timeline below for more details.


To be eligible for the program:

  • Applicant must be an early-stage startup with <$500K USD in dilutive funding or <$1M USD in annual revenues. 
  • Applicant's company must be based in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Applicant must be in the life sciences, healthcare, medical devices, or digital health industries.
  • Applicant must be proficient in English. The official language of the application and boot camp program is English.


What's in it for startups?

Following a national application process, selected startups will participate in intensive, multi-day boot camps in Cork and Boston where they will receive:

  • Tailored training and workshops
  • One-on-one mentorship from top international experts
  • Networking opportunities
  • Unique access to the cities’ business ecosystems



Applications now closed


Applications for Bridge to MassChallenge Cork are now closed. Check back in late January for the announcement of the top 20 startups!


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, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $2 billion in funding, generated approximately $900 million in revenue, and created over 65,000 total jobs.

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