The Challenge Convention
Monthly conversations that explore the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in solving society's greatest challenges.
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About the Challenge Convention Series

As the global network for innovators, MassChallenge is a leader in solving massive challenges through entrepreneurship across the world. Key insights from the last 12 years prove that when there is specificity, intention, and focus on emerging sectors founders and corporate innovators experience success for their businesses.  
The Challenge Convention hosted by MassChallenge will explore six areas of industry where society and humanity face the greatest challenges of our time; and where the explicit intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship can have game-changing impact on the way we live, work, and play.  
Join MassChallenge and our esteemed speakers from around the world to learn from their perspectives building at the bleeding edge of business, technology, and social impact.

Upcoming Events

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The impact the next wave of AI has on value chain optimization is exponential.

Stephen DeAngelisCEO of Enterra Solutions, and Ian Roberts, CTO of Bühler sit down to discuss how leading-edge technologies and management practices can help enable startups and transform corporations within the food value chain. They will cover how Autonomous Decision Science™ is optimizing the food value chain, and how startups and corporations can leverage data to create competitive advantage and add value to society.  Enterra Solutions is the leading Autonomous Decision Science™ company providing prescriptive and anticipatory analytics and insights for companies across a broad range of industries. Enterra automates a new way of problem-solving and decision-making, going beyond advanced analytics to answer queries, generate insights, and make decisions at the speed of the market. The world’s biggest brands work with Enterra Solutions to optimize their value chains and create decades of competitive advantage.

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2396A77C-B059-4A5C-814B-97DCE421373F_1_201_a Stephen DeAngelis is the Founder and CEO of Enterra Solutions®. As a technology entrepreneur and patent holder, DeAngelis has over 25 years of experience helping pioneer the application of advanced cognitive computing technologies and applied mathematics to commercial industries and government agencies. Stephen has held a range of academic and national laboratory appointments, including positions at the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University, the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He also currently serves and has served on several Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards of private corporations, philanthropic and research-oriented organizations.


Ian Roberts has served as CTO of Bühler since 2011. During that period the company has undergone a digital transformation, developed a collaborative innovation culture, building and engaging with broad ecosystems and continued to strengthen an innovation leadership position. A strong advocate for entrepreneurship and sustainability, he is a co-founder and president of the startup accelerator MassChallenge Switzerland, a board member of RESTOR, a global ecology and land restoration platform and an Ambassador for the education programme Aiducation. Ian Roberts has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has more than 25 years experience in the food industry, having previously worked in a range of innovation and business development roles for Nestlé.

Future Events

Blue Tech | Climate | Future of Finance | Human Potential | Safety & Security | Sustainable Food Systems | 2023 Roundtable

About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is the global network for innovators. Headquartered in the United States with eight locations worldwide, it is the non-profit's mission to help bold entrepreneurs disrupt the status quo and create sustainable change. Since launching in 2009, MassChallenge has run programs in 18 countries, supported more than 3,000 startups from around the world, and awarded over $17M in equity-free cash and prizes. Learn more about MassChallenge at

Upcoming Events & Application Deadlines

MITRE Maternal-Child Health Equity Challenge | Applications close June 24, 2022 Learn More


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