Today London Stock Exchange welcomed MassChallenge

Today London Stock Exchange welcomed MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, who is marking the successful end to its first year in the UK after expanding from its Boston headquarters in 2015. Startups from its 2015 cohort, who won shares of £500,000 in no-equity cash awards, were in attendance. MassChallenge, which is a no-equity and not-for-profit accelerator, was also joined by some of its corporate sponsors including IBM, Visa Europe Collab, Fried Frank and Crowdcube.

MassChallenge CEO John Harthorne opened the market with Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK and member of the MassChallenge UK Advisory Board, as well as Pete Dowds of Handy, a 2012 MassChallenge alumnus company that has raised £74 million ($111 million USD) to date.

“MassChallenge has had a superb first year in the UK. We have seen our startups grow so much in just a few short months and we gather today to celebrate them,” said MassChallenge CEO John Harthorne. “MassChallenge is changing the world through innovation-led economic development by supporting the economy’s most vital resource for growth – entrepreneurs. We are also helping them access the most powerful corporations in the world. It won’t be long before we see some of these startups listed on the London Stock Exchange themselves.”
The 2015 MassChallenge UK alumni startups who were awarded shares of £500,000 in no-equity cash awards are:  

£50,000 Diamond Winners

Cambridge Bio Augmentation Systems (@CBioAugSystems)
UK | Healthcare & Life Sciences
A permanently integrated smart device that provides the interface between an amputated stump and any prosthesis.

MOM Incubators (@momincubators)
UK | Healthcare & Lifesciences
One million children die needlessly due to premature birth every year. MOM - The Inflatable Incubator was designed to give them a chance.

Preliminal Games (@preliminalgames)
UK | High Tech
Mantle is a toolset to create rapid 3D environments for games, built environment and geo-visualisation. Start creating through discovery.

Renovagen (@renovagen)
UK | Energy & Clean Tech
Renovagen - saving lives with solar power and driving down the cost of access to energy in remote locations.

Sinclair Fire (@SinclairFire)
UK | General, Retail & Consumer Goods
Smarter, Faster, Safer. Sinclair Fire - saving lives and reducing the cost of fire damage with groundbreaking detection technology.

Shoot (@ShootGardening)
UK | High Tech
Shoot empowers all gardeners to be successful. Tell them which plants are in your garden and they'll send you care reminders each month.

£25,000 Gold Winners

BuyerDeck (@buyerdeck)
UK | High Tech
BuyerDeck is a Buyer Portal. B2B seller teams collaborate on content & deal information with buyers to deliver a great buying experience.

Converge
UK | High Tech
Converge – the IoT platform for industry that automates manual monitoring by connecting large scale sensor networks.

Glisser (@glisser)
UK | High Tech
Glisser makes presentations interactive - they take regular slide decks, push live to audience devices and gather data and feedback.

Great Little Place (GLP) (@glpLondon)
UK | General, Retail & Consumer Goods
Great Little Place (GLP) is a mobile app for discovering and sharing “great little places” around you.

Live Better With (@lbwcancer)
UK | General, Retail & Consumer Goods
A one-stop marketplace of healthcare, home aid and wellness products and technologies for patients with long-term conditions and their carers.

twosigmas (@twosigmas_)
UK | General, Retail & Consumer Goods
Edtech startup twosigmas specializes in matching global education demand with UK-based educators and education resources.

Vidsy (@vidsysocial)
UK | General, Retail & Consumer Goods
Vidsy is a game-changing tech platform enabling brands to create fresh micro content & ideas from a community of digital natives & creators.

Zipcube (@zipcube)
UK | High Tech
Zipcube is the booking.com for meeting rooms - don't enquire, just book.