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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.




ASIMOB ASIMOB applies new technologies, such as AI and IoT, to the digitalization and automation of road inspection tasks that road managers/operators still perform manually. This is the case for traffic sign inspections, or location and evaluation of irregularities in the road surface.
Using lightweight, low-cost on-board sensing equipment, ASIMOB automates these tasks and generates a digital evidence of each inspection, enabling early risk awareness and the optimization of road maintenance tasks.


Kietoparao Smartphones are increasingly used to entertain children. But did you know that tech the addiction resembles to crack addiction? The demand to treat this addiction among adolescents increases globally: 300% every year in Spain (according to the psychologist Marc Masip). SOLUTION: Kietoparao replicates the characteristics of a smartphone in a beautiful, small and light multi-game kit, easy to carry. Kietoparao kits include traditional and educational games designed to develop STEAM abilities


Onena Medicines This year, at least 650K women in the world will hear the devastating news that their breast cancer has returned. Unfortunately, current therapies failed to kill all the cancer cells the first time around. We discovered a set of unique proteins that specifically causes drug resistant breast cancer cells to grow indefinitely. Our antibody drugs neutralize these proteins, leading to cures in preclinical models and a clear path to disrupt the highly unmet breast cancer treatment landscape.


Senstile According to McKinsey (Apparel CPO Survey 2017), the ultimate goal of fashion supply is an entirely no-touch process. But millions of physical fabric samples are flying around the globe to make fashion happen. That costs a lot of time, money and skills. We offer an innovative solution to source textiles online by physical properties. We create Digital Twins of textiles through a sensor and teach computer feel fabrics as we do. As a result, designers can find desired fabrics in one click.



Applications are now closed!

(Please fill out the form to learn more about the program)


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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