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Tech Cocktail DC

RideScout Expands to a Whopping 69 Cities across North America


We’ve had our eye on DC-based RideScout for a while now. Back in November, the company launched its app for iOS and Android, aggregating all your ground transportation options in real time. Just last month, they expanded the service to Chicago - the company’s fifth city since the launch. And, this morning, the company has announced its “Summer of 69,” officially launching… Read more »

20 DC-Area Startups Selected to Present at TechBUZZ Summer 2014


The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) announced yesterday the 20 DC-area startups that will be presenting at this year’s TechBUZZ Summer 2014 event. Each company will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an audience of investors, tech executives, and entrepreneurs. Launched in 2011, MAVA’s TechBUZZ event gives nascent to seed-stage companies an opportunity… Read more »

DC’s Social Entrepreneur Incubator Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows


Halcyon Incubator, a Washington, D.C. based incubator for social entrepreneurs, announced recently that it has chosen its inaugural class of fellows to take part in the program’s first class this upcoming September. The fellows were chosen for their innovative ventures that aim to provide solutions for a broad range of challenges, ranging from reducing carbon dioxide… Read more »

DC Opens Applications to $1 Million Digital DC Tech Fund


Three months after DC mayor Vincent Gray launched Digital DC, it seems that they have officially announced the launch of the Digital DC Tech Fund. Digital DC is an initiative aimed at highlighting the successes of the DC tech startup community in an effort to push its status as a leading startup ecosystem and to further encourage economic development in… Read more »

WattB Wins Top Prize at Dept of Energy’s Apps for Energy Contest


On Wednesday, Alexandria, VA-based energy startup, WattB, took home first prize at the Dept. of Energy’s Apps for Energy contest, a competition aimed at discovering the most innovative apps to help individuals, organizations, and communities make informed decisions about their energy use. The company placed first-place overall for their entry of WattBuddy, an app that gives people the… Read more »

DC-Based Fundrise Raises $31 Million


The Washington, DC-based Fundrise, a crowdfunding platform that allows people to invest in local real estate and businesses, has announced today that it has raised $31 million in its first round of funding. The round was led by Renren Inc., Marty Burger and Tal Kerret of Silverstein Properties, and the Collaborative Fund. Renren Inc. is… Read more »

Who is DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]


Tech Cocktail is headed back to DC.  Why?  Because we’re a fan of good ideas.  On June 5th, Tech Cocktail will be Mixing things up at Crystal Tech Fund to showcase a fresh batch of local startups. < Secure Your Ticket Here > We’ll have up-and-coming startups on hand showcasing their goods, but before the Mixer kicks off, we want to… Read more »

GE Is Launching a Fabrication Lab in Nigeria 

Stephen Liguori

This year, after stops in Chicago and NYC, GE will be bringing a fabrication lab to Lagos, Nigeria. GE Garages are pop-up maker spaces that welcome members of the local community to come and use their tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills, injection molders, and Arduino kits. The spaces also host speakers… Read more »

Justin Fishkin of Local Motors: We’re Approaching the Third Industrial Revolution [VIDEO]


Back in March, we held a Tech Cocktail Sessions DC event at the temporary GE Garage in downtown Washington, DC. At the event, we got the chance to talk with Justin Fishkin, the Chief Strategy Officer of Local Motors, and Stephen J. Liguori, General Electric’s Executive Director for Global Innovation & New Models. The video below features Fishkin’s portion… Read more »

29 Tips for Entrepreneurs & Women in Tech


Between the hundreds of Meetup groups and email invitations for the next panel on fundraising, the tech scene in any city can be hard to navigate. In DC alone, there are more than two dozen organizations that are angled as resources for women in tech or aim to teach people how to code. Together, they… Read more »