MassChallenge: From Idea to IPO

The journey from idea to IPO is full of twists and turns. Hear how two expert CEOs stayed laser-focused on impact amidst uncertainty, successfully taking their startups public during the COVID pandemic.

This exclusive MassChallenge event will feature Thomas Healy, CEO of Hyliion (MC Boston 2015), and Armon Sharei, CEO of SQZ BioTech (MC Boston 2014), and moderated by Misti Cain, the founder at Whyzze.

Speakers will share directly from their combined 20+ years of business and entrepreneurship experience to provide clear takeaways for all founders, whether you are tinkering a new idea or raising your next round. Attendees can expect to gain insight into the key decisions that guided each startup towards IPO, including co-founders, early hires, culture, and investors. Those in attendance will also hear details about the upcoming MassChallenge 2021 program and the application deadline.

3 Reasons To Attend:

  1. Hear from successful founders who have taken their startup to IPO.
  2. Take home practical advice for all founders.
  3. Learn about MassChallenge’s 2021 applications

About the Speakers:

MassChallenge Partners
Agrosuper, Altus Dental, Amica Insurance, Austin Technology Incubator, Autodesk, Babson College, BAE Systems, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brex, Carta, Central Houston, City of Houston, Cydan, Dell for Entrepreneurs, Delta Dental, Department of Defense, Downtown Redevelopment Authority, Duane Morris LLP, First Republic Bank, FM Global, Foley Hoag LLP, Hasbro, Henkel, Italian Trade Agency, ISS National Laboratory, Juice Consulting, KPMG LLP, MassCEC, MITRE, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Mitsubishi Electric, Mitsui & Co., Motional, Oracle for Startups, Raytheon, Reliant, an NRG Company, Sanofi, SOMPO, Stadia Ventures, Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities, The Boston Foundation, TMAC, UPS, US Air Force

About MassChallenge 
Headquartered in the United States with seven locations worldwide, MassChallenge equips bold entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo and to create meaningful change. Since launching in 2009, more than 2,400 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $6.2B in funding, generated more than $3B in revenue, and created more than 157,000 total jobs. Applications for the 2021 early-stage programs open on February 17, 2021. Attend this event to learn more about this year’s programs for founders from all industries, all over the world. Learn more about MassChallenge at

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Feb 17 2021


10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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