The MassRobotics Accelerator is now live
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The MassRobotics Accelerator is now live

MassRobotics, located in South Boston Waterfront, is a hub for the city’s robotics community. It supports startups and serves as an import hub. Now, it’s expanding to include an accelerator, called MassRobotics Accelerator, to help robotics companies grow even faster.

Applications are currently being accepted for a 13-week program at MassRobotics Accelerator. This program is designed for early-stage robotics startups, especially those working on hardware, components, and applications. Accepted companies will receive $100,000 in non-dilutive funding, provided by MassTech, an organization dedicated to promoting technology in the state.

In this round, ten companies will be selected for MassRobotics Accelerator. It’s worth noting that MassRobotics will not take any equity stake in these companies. According to the director, Marita McGinn, this makes it the first equity-free robotics accelerator in the U.S.

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Teams accepted into the MassRobotics Accelerator program will have access to a wide range of resources. This includes the use of advanced tools such as CNC machines, laser and waterjet cutters, and 3D printers for developing hardware prototypes. The facility also provides access to Industrial Automation and Human Robot Interaction (HRI) labs, along with various robotic hardware platforms. Additionally, experienced mentors will be available to support both the technical and business aspects of the startups.

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The application process for MassRobotics Accelerator started on October 16 and will close at the end of November. The four-month program begins on February 5 and concludes with a demo day on May 2, which is part of Boston’s Robotics Summit & Expo.

While there is a preference for companies already based in Massachusetts, there is no specific quota in place. According to Marita McGinn, the director of the program, they are primarily looking for the most interesting and innovative companies. For companies outside of Massachusetts, there is a requirement for some commitment to the state, at least one year after completing the accelerator program.

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Marita McGinn emphasizes the importance of diversity in the applications for MassRobotics Accelerator. She ensures that the selection process will prioritize diversity, aiming to create an inclusive environment in terms of gender, race, and other perspectives. The goal is to make the accelerator program representative and inclusive from every angle.

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