Two Vermont startups selected for MassChallenge

Vermont Business Magazine Two Vermont startups have been selected to participate in a competitive global accelerator program that connects promising early-stage companies with support, mentoring, free services and the chance to compete for cash prizes. MassChallenge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, announced invitations to 250 startups from 28 countries representing 42 industries to participate in the 2022 US early stage program. Among them were Shiki Wrap and Pictal Health, two new Vermont-based businesses.

“This is an incredible opportunity to advance our mission to change gift giving for good,” said Meagan Downey, Founder and CEO of Shiki Wrap, which produces reusable gift wrap from sustainable materials.

Pictal Health helps patients tell their stories on a visual timeline, aiming to help patients be heard and seen while reducing errors, spending and provider burnout. Founder Katie McCurdy said, “We are thrilled to participate in Mass Challenge as we work to bring the benefits of visual health communication to those who desperately need it.”

Last year, Vermont’s SheFly Apparel won the coveted $100,000 MassChallenge grand prize.

“It’s exciting to see two driven and talented female entrepreneurs from Vermont make their impact in the startup world. I’m so proud of our outstanding alums as they scale their businesses beyond our small state,” said Lauren Bass, Executive Director of LaunchVT, a local accelerator program that both Pictal Health and Shiki Wrap participated in.

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