Company Founded by Man with Down Syndrome Selected for MassChallenge 2017 Accelerator Program

John Cronin and Mark X> Cronin – co-founders of John’s Crazy Socks

I’m so excited to join the Mass Challenge. I love showing that I can make my business a success.

John Cronin, a 21-year-old man with Down syndrome, founded John’s Crazy Socks with his father because he loved socks and did not consider his Down syndrome an obstacle to success. Six months later, their father-son business is flourishing and now John and his business have been selected to participate in the MassChallenge 2017 accelerator program. Only 8 percent of the over 1,500 startups that applied were accepted into the four-month accelerator located in Boston.

John said, “I’m so excited to join the Mass Challenge. I love showing that I can make my business a success.”

MassChallenge is one of the strongest business development programs in the world. John’s Crazy Socks will participate in MassChallenge’s Boston accelerator program. To be selected, the company had to submit a written application. Based on that application, John’s Crazy Socks was selected as one of 300 start-ups to present to judges as part of round two. John opened the presentation by explaining the mission of his business – “spreading happiness through socks” – and told the story of how he came up with the idea for selling crazy socks and worked with his father to open it. Where others might have been nervous given the stiff competition, John’s confidence made him fearless in making his pitch to the judges.

John’s Crazy Socks opened in December 2016 and six months later, it has shipped over 18,000 orders of socks and earned over $500,000 in revenue. They began by offering 31 different styles of socks and now offer over 1,200 different styles. Every order includes…

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