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May 25, 2017
Introducing... Ten Standout Companies of the 2017 MassChallenge Cohort

MassChallenge is one of the premier startup accelerators in the world. Several incredible companies have gone through the MassChallenge program to great success. The accelerator welcomes not just early-stage startups from Massachusetts, but also companies from all over the country and the world.

On Tuesday, MassChallenge announced 128 different early-stage startups joining the 2017 program. Aside from Massachusetts being represented, those selected came from 16 other states, like New York and California and 12 different countries, such as Australia and Canada.

While each company has their own unique product or service, on top of having interesting founder's stories, I decided to narrow it down to just 10.

There are obviously lots of amazing startups involved in the program, but my criteria for creating this list was simple. The company had to be aligned with our tech audience and the company had to make me do a double take and keep me interested in what they are doing.

There are several reasons why I may have paused after reading about a company. It could be the company's social mission, the creativity behind the idea, or the company made me say "...what?"

Check out the slideshow below and make sure to check out the full list of startups here.