The inaugural MassChallenge UK Awards were held in the Old Truman Brewery in London on Thursday 22nd October. Attended by over 600 people there were keynote addresses from Thomasina Miers, Co-Founder and Executive Chef of Wahaca Restaurants and Amzat Yusuf, CEO & Founder of Citymapper.
The Awards were the culmination of a four month accelerator programme for 90 start ups and social entrepreneurs. During the programme the startups and social entrepreneurs were connected with a group of mentors and investors and given free office space to catalyze their growth and gear up for a successful future.
26 out of the 90 startups made the finals and were given the opportunity to make a last pitch before MassChallenge awarded £500,000 in no equity, no strings attached grants to 14 startups.
Lord Verjee presented the final award to MOM Incubators, who have created an inflatable incubator which could help save the lives of up to 1 million prematurely born children worldwide.
Read more about the event here.