Deshpande Foundation announces support for India-based M2D2 $200K Challenge finalists

The Deshpande Foundation will pay travel expenses for India-based startups who are named M2D2 $200K Challenge finalists.The M2D2 $200K Challenge has always drawn entrants from around the world. This year, a Challenge sponsor is giving India-based innovators an extra-generous incentive to participate.

The Deshpande Foundation has announced that they will fund up to three $200K Challenge finalist teams to travel from India to M2D2 from approximately March 10th to April 10th. During this one-month time frame they will be introduced to innovators, investors, mentors, subject matter experts and other players in the Boston/Cambridge/Lowell area life sciences community.

Winners of the 2019 M2D2 $200K Challenge will be announced April 10, 2019.Also on the agenda for the finalist teams will be networking events and, of course, the two climactic $200K Challenge events:

  • Finalist Pitch Event in Lowell on March 27
  • Awards Ceremony in Boston on April 10

Building international bridges to advance innovation

Raj Melville of the Deshpande Foundation explained this initiative as a way to create and strengthen connections and collaboration across the global innovation community:

“India represents both the challenges and opportunities for the 21st century, especially in health and life sciences. We hope the M2D2 Challenge will provide opportunities for India-based startups to benefit from the interaction with their international peers and to build a global perspective.”

Interested India-based medical device, medtech, and biotech startups can email M2D2 Director of Operations, Mary Ann Picard, for more information:

About the Deshpande Foundation

The Deshpande Foundation helps strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems that catalyze innovative thinking, build leaders and entrepreneurs and accelerate the creation of sustainable, scalable enterprises that have significant social or market impact.

M2D2 $200K Challenge entries close at midnight, February 19, 2019.
Find complete details, rules, and entry form here.