The McLane Law Firm Congratulates Clients for Being Selected Global Finalists in Mass Challenge Startup Accelerator

99 Degrees Custom, AMS-Qi and Quad Technologies LLC Will Compete for Nearly $1.5 Million in Cash Awards

The McLane Law Firm is proud to announce that three of the firm’s early-stage clients are among 26 finalists in the prestigious Mass Challenge Startup Challenge, start-up community’s highest-value event celebrating innovation and the world’s most promising startups.

John Colucci, Managing Director of McLane’s Woburn, Massachusetts office notes, “Our firm is strategically located on Rte. 128, right where so many of these promising young companies live and breathe. We are extremely proud to serve these innovators and wish them all the best in the MassChallenge.”

99 Degrees Custom of Lawrence, Massachusetts, manufactures build-to-order apparel for the me-commerce market and is built to empower the workforce in Lawrence and Lowell, Massachusetts.

AMS-Qi, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, improves electricity generation. Their electro-optical device produces more efficient coal & biofuel burn and reduces pollutant emission.

Quad Technologies LLC of Beverly, Massachusetts, has developed a unique dis¬solv¬able hydrogel material that enables cost effective, robust, and non-toxic consumables for stem cell separation.

At an awards ceremony being held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on October 30, each team will have fifteen minutes to pitch a panel of judges including luminaries such as Josh Boger, Desh Deshpande, Paul English, and Laura Sen.

MassChallenge will award nearly $1.5 million in grants live on stage to between 10-20 of the finalists, typically in amounts of either $50,000 or $100,000, in addition to other cash prizes.

Nearly 1,200 applicants applied to the 2013 MassChallenge accelerator. 128 Global Finalist startups were admitted to the four month accelerator, and the top 26 teams have been selected to pitch to judges on October 30.

George T. Whitesides, CEO and President of Virgin Galactic (the space tourism initiative of Richard Branson and Virgin Group), will deliver the keynote speech, and Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

About Mass Challenge

MassChallenge is the world’s largest startup accelerator and the first to support high-
impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Over $1 million in cash prizes is awarded to winning startups, with zero equity taken. Additional ben
efits for startups include world-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, legal advice, media attention, and over $10 million of in-kind support. MassChallenge is a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit; all proceeds support the startup accelerator and MassChallenge does not take equity or place any restrictions on any of the participating startups

About the McLane Law Firm

Founded in 1919, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association is the largest full-service law firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth and Woburn, Massachusetts. Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.