7 June- MassChallenge is now one of the largest accelerators in the Boston area. More than 100 early-stage startups were accepted into this year’s program across sectors like health care and life sciences and social impact. MassChallenge is active well beyond Boston, too, with presences in several other states and internationally. In February, it tapped Siobhan Dullea to head up the accelerator as CEO after more than two years as chief operating officer, replacing MassChallenge’s founder as CEO after almost a decade.
But as the startup accelerator celebrates its 10th anniversary, Dullea is most worried about one thing: complacency.
“My biggest worry is that people will rest on their laurels and say, ‘Yeah, we’re set,’” Dullea said. “That is not the case.” Entrepreneurship rates, she notes, are actually on the decline in many cases—and she wants to fix it.
BostInno spoke with Dullea to look back at how MassChallenge has grown and what its next steps are in the ever-changing startup ecosystem.