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It’s Official: SweetLabs to Open Another Office in Shanghai

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SweetLabs has raised huge amounts of capital, they’ve established a strong base in San Diego, and their employees absolutely love the company culture that CEO Darrius Thompson et al have cultivated. What could they possibly do to be even better? It’s a simple answer for them: China. That’s right, they’ve officially announced that SweetLabs will… Read more »



Jamaica Launches Startup Accelerator to Attract Investors

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Jamaica in’ it easier for entrepreneurs to launch successful startups Start-Up Jamaica (SUJ) launched this week in an effort to jump-start Jamaica’s startup ecosystem. The government-led program aims to help entrepreneurs transform business ideas into effective business plans capable of attracting investors. The program is based on the Start-Up Chile model, which has successfully put Chile on… Read more »


DC-Based Employee Perks Startup, Aspire, Raises $400K Seed Round

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Aspire, a DC-based startup that gives employees the ability to choose their own company perks and benefits, has raised $400,000 in seed funding. According to the report by The Washington Post, participants in the round included K Street Capital, Acceleprise, and other New York-based as well as international investors. Aspire offers an online marketplace for… Read more »



AlphaLab Cycle 13 Companies Announced

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The #6 accelerator in the country, AlphaLab, announced the new companies in its latest cycle this week.   The Pittsburgh-based AlphaLab, which counts NoWait and The Resumator among its alumni, welcomed the community to its quarterly Open Coffee Club, where mentors, investors, journalists and more had the opportunity to meet the companies completing the 20-week… Read more »


DC-Based Halcyon Incubator Now Accepting Applications for Second Class of Social Entrepreneurs

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The Washington, D.C.-based Halcyon Incubator – an incubator created by the S&R Foundation that is specifically focused on social entrepreneurship – announced this week that the application process for its second class of fellows is now open. Back in June it announced its first class of fellows, all of which will begin the program this upcoming… Read more »


Charlie Crist Visits LAB Miami to Announce Running Mate [Pictures]

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Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist stopped by Wynwood this Thursday to visit The LAB Miami, where he announced that Miami-Dade’s Democratic Party, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, will be his running mate in the next state election. Crist and Taddeo-Goldstein had the opportunity to tour the co-working space, where he met tech startups founders and hear about programs like… Read more »


Finally, Miami-Dade Commissioners Approve UberX and Lyft Services

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Miami, rejoice! Miami-Dade commissioners have voted this week to approve car-sharing services from apps like Uber and Lyft. After months (actually years for Uber) of ongoing fight with taxi services and the city, the services are now permanently legal. Drivers were previously facing a $2,000 fine for operating illegally. With Tuesday’s vote, commissioners gave their initial approval… Read more »


CoFounderLabs Merges With RockThePost to Create One-Stop Shop for Equity Crowdfunding 

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CoFoundersLab, the online matchmaking network that scientifically builds startup teams, is merging with investor crowdfunding portal RockThePost to create a one-stop shop for investors called OneVest. The platform will connect early stage startups with accredited investors, and it will have a diversified network of over 35,000 startup founders and over 15,000 investors. “Whenever we asked our community… Read more »


Yeti is a Tinder-Like Version of Yelp

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At The Pool launched last November and rose to glory in the App Store as a top, new social networking app. The focus of At The Pool was on meeting new people, and members were posting questions like: “Does anybody know a good hiking trail around here?” However, it became apparent to the team that… Read more »




Venture House: Affordable Housing in Florida for Talented Startups

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If you make housing cheap, entrepreneurs will come. The idea is straightforward: take clusters of foreclosure homes in certain neighborhoods, rehab them, and offer them to startups at an affordable price. This is the vision of Venture House, a non-profit in St. Petersburg (Florida) that is launching a program to attract entrepreneurs, in hopes of revitalizing some of the… Read more »