This year’s cohort of startups in our Accelerator is, so far as we can tell, one of the most diverse of any accelerator in the country. We say as far as we can tell because data on this is hard to come by! Based on the best data we can find our cohort is coming in at 5-10x more diverse than some of the world’s top accelerators! 50% of our startups have women co-founders and 36% have minority co-founders. Our entrepreneurs range in age from their 20s to their 60s, come from more than a half dozen countries, represent many different religions, and have ideas to change the world that boggle the mind.
We believe this is because of innovations in our selection process that made it all about the idea and not about the person, because our program is friendly to people with families or day jobs, and because of our community’s culture of inclusion.
We are proud as heck that so many phenomenal people, people that many others have overlooked, are learning the Western Massachusetts is a place to flourish.