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DC’s Acceleprise Reveals 6 Enterprise Startups In First Class


Acceleprise, DC’s new enterprise startup accelerator, kicked off its first session this week. The program will invest $1.8 million into enterprise startups in the next 3 years. It’s run by Higher One cofounder Sean Glass, EmployInsight chief strategy officer Collin Gutman, and former Splash Networks CEO Allen Gannett. During the program, startups get to learn firsthand… Read more »

TechStars Patriot Boot Camp: Arming Veterans for Entrepreneurship

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As part of the TechStars RisingStars program, today marks the opening of Patriot Boot Camp, a three-day educational and mentorship program aimed to empower 75 veterans with the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start their own ventures.  Patriot Boot Camp is free for participants and is being held at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Today’s agenda aims to… Read more »

DC Startup Social Tables Gets a Makeover


After celebrating its first birthday, DC startup and The Fort resident Social Tables recently released a new-and-improved event management platform. Their story shows that you don’t have to be an expert to start a company – but you do have to be willing to learn. “We’re building the ship as we’re sailing,” says founder and… Read more »

Scott Case On Sex, Gambling, Luck, and Growing Your Network

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Sex. Gambling. Luck. These are 3 things you wouldn’t associate with growing your startup and building your network. But Scott Case, the founding CTO of Priceline and currently the CEO of Startup America, might convince you otherwise. Watch the full session by Scott Case. The talk was recorded in front of a live audience at… Read more »

Startup Weekend e-Government DC Produces 13 Innovative, Public Sector-Focused Startups


This past weekend, Microsoft‘s DC office hosted Startup Weekend e-Government DC, its second pilot event focused on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the public sector. In partnership with Code for America, the goal was to bring together entrepreneurs interested in solving real-life problems faced by federal and local government agencies, citizens, and businesses – or… Read more »

Georgetown’s StartupHoyas Incubator Feeds Rising Student Interest in Entrepreneurship


For 3 years, Georgetown University has led an entrepreneurship initiative to help student entrepreneurs during the sizzling summer in our nation’s capital. Last year, 6 student companies shared a desk at Affinity Lab, a local coworking space/incubator. But now, Georgetown has launched an official StartupHoyas Incubator to kickstart 15 fledgling companies. “Traditionally on this campus, you… Read more »

Get Paid to Pin to Pinterest with Pinbooster


Say that five times fast.   Answer: Nineteen million hours. Question: How much time is spent on Pinterest in the US per month? (For those who guessed “how long it’s been since the Cubs have won the World Series, let it be known that I hate you.) You don’t have to be a statistician to know… Read more »

DC-Based Online Auction Sites Turned Fundraising Machines


Online auction sites are all the rage.  We’re not talking about the old standby, eBay – we are talking about the rise of a new kind of auction that allows you to bid on people. Two DC-based startups, BizGravity and HugeFan, provide their own unique web-based platforms that let you bid on and win “meetings”… Read more »

TaxiMagic: OpenTable for the Ground Transportation Industry


Serial entrepreneurs Tom DePasquale and Sanders Partee have worked on several successful DC-based startups – both together and separately – over the last 20 years.  In 2007, it was time to start up again, and this time they decided to tackle the ground transportation industry. The original idea around RideCharge was a marketplace for corporate… Read more »

Seva Call Launches in DC Today

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Seva Call, which connects you to local businesses over the phone, launched publicly in the DC area today. Washingtonians can now log onto Seva Call and submit a request for an accountant, real estate agent, computer repairmen, mover, or other professional. Based on ratings, call analytics, and other feedback, you get matched with up to… Read more »

The Winners of Startup Weekend Education in NoVA


Almost a hundred people came to Startup Weekend Education in NoVA organized by  CIT GAP Funds in partnership with Startup Weekend DC. The event was held this past weekend at Microsoft’s Reston, VA office. After all the pitches were made on Friday night, thirteen teams were formed, and the next 54 hours were spent on… Read more »