On November 2, MassChallenge held the 2017 MassChallenge Boston Awards at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. In addition to using their eighth-annual event as a means to celebrate the accelerator's success this year, MassChallenge Boston also handed out $1M in equity-free prizes to winners of its Top 26 startups (of 128 total).
In addition to the $100K and $50K prizes given to 16 winners, CASIS and Boeing awarded three startups $500K in total grant money (split between the three based on project proposals) to fund research projects on the International Space Station.
In the middle of the event, WeWork Co-Founder and CEO Adam Neumann took the stage to discuss career inspiration and what drives him and other entrepreneurs with MassChallenge Founder and CEO John Harthorne. Neumann spoke about how his parents were hard-working, despite their living situation, and how that has been the driving force behind his success as an entrepreneur.
When asked about having WeWork locations in Boston, Neumann simply said, "We couldn't be happier."
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