10 June 2009
MassChallenge ~ Commonwealth Venture Funds!
As I hinted at yesterday -- and first mentioned nearly three months ago -- the MassChallenge is a massive idea which is gaining momentum. Lead by MIT alum John Harthorne and colleagues Akhil Nigam and David Constantine, MassChallenge greatly dialed things up this morning when key moral and financial support from Commonwealth Governor Deval Patrick, corporate sponsor Microsoft, the venture advocacy-oriented Kauffman Foundation, and technology entrepreneur Desh Deshpande were all publicly announced. As Desh told me yesterday at MIT's Ideastream, he's a huge booster of our entrepreneurial supercluster here in Massachusetts and the MassChallenge is one great organizational way to help accelerate things!