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Meet the Hottest Startups from the Challenge Cup Cape Town


Recently the Challenge Cup made its way to Cape Town, South Africa at popular coworking center 88 mph.  Dozens of startups gave their one-minute pitch on stage to a panel of judges, where one company from each category would emerge as the winner and move onto the final round competition and the chance to take home the grand… Read more »

Mobilligy Exits Beta, Launches Mobile Bill Pay App in Full


Today Mobilligy announced the formal exit of their beta testing phase with the full release of their bill-pay app for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle, Windows 8, and Windows Phone. Mobilligy is an official Microsoft BizSpark Plus member, a participant in the 2012 Azure Accelerator, and they also completed the TechStars program in 2013. The co-founders Ty Griffin… Read more »

Is RideScout Necessary for Developing Smart Cities?


RideScout has had a really good week. The DC-based startup, which aims to make ground transportation smarter and easier for people, offers a free mobile application that aggregates real-time data on all the available public, private, and social modes of ground transportation for users, giving them access to the cheapest or shortest travel options. In the… Read more »

Dade Legal Aid Launches Venture Law Project in Miami


Miami’s tech startup scene is beginning to take off, and Dade Legal Aid, a nonprofit law firm based in the heart of downtown Miami, today announced the Venture Law Project to keep it strong. Supported by $75,000 from the Knight Foundation, the Venture Law Project will fuel growth in the entrepreneurial community by offering legal… Read more »

Key DLD Takeaways To Help You and Your Business in 2014


DLD (Digital:Life:Design) celebrated their 10th conference anniversary this year. This annual invite-only conference, with 150 speakers and 1,000 people in attendance, brings together influential opinion-makers, industry leaders, startups and digital giants to Munich, Germany for three days of learning, networking and setting the stage for the coming year. DLD streamed all of the talks – a great way… Read more »

The 1776 Challenge Festival is Coming to DC


We’ve been following the 1776 Challenge Cup Tour over the last few months as they look for the world’s most promising startups that tackle global challenges in education, energy, healthcare, and cities. Today 1776 announced what they’ll be doing for the culmination of their event: The Challenge Festival. The Challenge Festival will be held from… Read more »

SmartThings’s Alex Hawkinson: 5 Key Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign


Last week, Startup Grind DC held a fireside chat event at nclud with SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson. Aside from talking about his hopes for the DC tech scene and praising the area’s vast resources that encourage tech startup growth, Hawkinson spent some time speaking to the audience about his philosophy when it comes to startup capital and what… Read more »

This Woman Applied to Dropbox by Making a Geeky Parody of Lorde’s “Royals” [VIDEO]


Out of all the cover letters that Dropbox is getting for its communications coordinator position, this one has to be the most original. Instead of your boring one-pager, an applicant named Melissa Gregoli decided to record a “cover” video instead. She made a geeky parody of Lorde’s popular song “Royals” about how awesome Dropbox’s file… Read more »

Allen Gannett Closes Huge Series A Round for TrackMaven


TrackMaven, under the leadership of  CEO and founder Allen Gannett, today announced a successful $6.5 million Series A funding round. The funds came primarily from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Bowery Capital, and Acceleprise Ventures. The majority of said funding will be going towards product growth, sales and marketing, and expanding to about 50 employees in… Read more »

primeloop Joins 500 Startups Batch 8 Accelerator


500 Startups today announced the 28 startups that will make up Batch 8 and head into the accelerator program in their new SOMA offices. Among those companies is one from right here in Downtown Vegas: primeloop. Thomas Knoll co-founded primeloop, alongside Mike Ciklin, after leaving his previous role as the Community Architect at Zappos. They… Read more »

500 Startups Announces San Francisco-based Batch 8

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500 Startups today announced the 28 different international and domestic startups that will be going through their accelerator program. They will be the eighth batch to go through the accelerator; however, this time around the program will be held in the new SOMA office, 500 Del Norte, in San Francisco. Regardless of location, the companies… Read more »