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9 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Reaction’s Exo Housing System is the Future of Disaster Relief Shelters


According to a housing survey published by the U.S. Census in 2011, more than 400,000 residents of New Orleans, La. were displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina. And, while estimates vary, this number increases to 1,000,000 when you include residents from Gulfport, Miss.; Mobile, Ala.; and others. Setting aside the problem of long-term housing security (which… Read more »

1776 Announces Partnership with UVA’s Darden School of Business


Yesterday, 1776 announced a partnership with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. The partnership is the second and latest effort by the DC-based startup incubator to collaborate with and support entrepreneurial programs at higher ed institutions. The partnership with Darden offers students and alumni access to the 1776 campus at a discounted rate, as well as… Read more »

50 Cent Will Play SXSW and Live Stream His Show Via Hang W/


Can you smell the excitement in the air? Can you feel the adrenaline beginning to course through your veins? Tomorrow isn’t any ordinary Friday, it’s the kick-off of the Interactive portion of this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. There are going to be big announcements, major surprises, and breaking news stories around… Read more »

UP Global, Google Launch ‘Startup Women’ Initiative to Help Women Entrepreneurs Launch 1,500 Startups This Year

UP Global

UP Global, the organization formed last year as a result of a partnership between Startup Weekend and the Startup America Partnership, announced on Tuesday that it is launching Startup Women, an initiative to support female entrepreneurs around the world, with the hope of launching 1,500 women-led startups by the end of this year. The initiative is backed by… Read more »

Modify Watches Launches Mod-to-Order Kickstarter Campaign


On March 1 Modify Watches launched their Mod-to-Order Kickstarter campaign, and with 23 days left on the clock, they have raised over $13,000 toward their goal of $50,000. The Kickstarter campaign is serving a two-fold purpose, according to Aaron Schwartz, Director of Player Personnel at Modify Watches. First, Modify Watches wants to expand their customization services… Read more »

Phone Halo’s StickR TrackR Triple-Threat Release


Phone Halo today released the newest addition to their TrackR Bluetooth Low Energy device family: the StickR TrackR. The new product will be joining the roster of other TrackR products like the Wallet TrackR, Audiovox inSite, and Cobra Tag in an effort to help people keep track of their belongings. The StickR TrackR can be… Read more »

How to Win the SXSW Accelerator

SXSW accelerator

Are you headed down to SXSW this week? If you are, there is one must-attend event: the SXSW Interactive Accelerator Competition. The Accelerator is SXSW’s annual pitch contest that draws thousands of applicants from some of the world’s hottest up-and-coming technology companies. Past winners include companies such as NutShellMail (acquired by Constant Contact), Foodstopping (Opentable)… Read more »

Acceleprise Welcomes Its Fifth Class of Enterprise Startups


Acceleprise, a DC-based enterprise startup accelerator, is starting a new session this week with a new class of enterprise startups. Founded in 2012, the accelerator provides mentoring and $30,000 in capital to startups working on software solutions for enterprises. Acceleprise hopes to invest $1.8 million in 60 startups by the end of 2015. Here’s Acceleprise’s fifth… Read more »

DC’s NextGen Angels Announces Its Managing Director


NextGen Angels has announced that Brett Gibson will take the helm as its managing director. The DC-based angel group that focuses on early-stage investments began looking for someone to fill this role at the end of 2013. With this most recent addition, we’re sure to see a lot more activity from NextGen Angels throughout the rest of… Read more »

Video Content in a Mobile World: Diet-Sized and Distributed

Mobile Apps

While the tech industry was buzzing over Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the social network’s original blockbuster deal, Instagram, was quietly making some interesting news of its own. Action-sport channel Network A, a property of next-generation media start-up Bedrocket, announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind video series called #goodstuff. The lifestyle series, which focuses… Read more »

Breather Arrives in the US, Provides Quiet Spaces On Demand in NYC


Breather today made their long anticipated US debut, allowing their members access to beautiful, private, and quiet spaces on demand in New York City. This expansion comes not too far behind the funding round Breather closed in June 2013 where they brought in $1.5 million. Access to Breather’s spaces are reserved for registered members and… Read more »

Who are the Challenge Cup San Francisco’s Hottest Showcasing Startups? [POLL]


In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with 1776, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the Challenge Cup – a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities. On February 27th, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to San Francisco, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional… Read more »

The DC Device Lab: How a Global Movement Is Encouraging Growth in DC Tech


From the outside, it doesn’t look like a much – a glass-enclosed room filled with tech gadgets in the corner of Canvas Co/work, a co-working space in DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. Considering the placid atmosphere at this chic, exposed-brick, Brooklyn-meets-Apple-store shared work space, the room more likely resembles a museum exhibit rather than any lab to which you’ve… Read more »