Eighteen of Boston’s most promising early-stage startups won a total of $1.5 million at Thursday night’s MassChallenge awards ceremony.
The startup accelerator’s top four winners — CozyKin, Off Grid Box, Pykus Therapeutics and Vence — each won $100,000 while 12 other startups each received $50,000. One of the $50,000 winners, Guardion, and two other startups won a share of $500,000 from CASIS-Boeing for research projects on the International Space Station.
The eighteen startups were chosen out of MassChallenge’s 26 finalists, which came from a pool of 128 startups that participated in this year’s accelerator.
“It’s never been more clear that ideas—even at the earliest stage—have the power to change the world,” Kiki Mills Johnston, managing director of MassChallenge Boston, said in a statement. “With support from the community, these ideas have since grown into capable, profitable, and sustainable ventures.”
Here are this year’s winners (with descriptions provided by MassChallenge):
$50K Gold Winners
Ghamut —Massachusetts | High Tech — Introduces Connect, a social-networking service that helps users build new platonic relationships, face-to-face.