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14 Resources That Women in Tech Should Know About


With women only making up an estimated 12 percent of software engineers in the United States, and a growing shortage of software developers, momentum is gathering to encourage and show women that they can succeed in technology roles. Grants, scholarships, intensive developer courses and support networks are helping women realise their potential, get qualified and out into the… Read more »

UMBC Students Compete for a Chance to Launch a Startup in the Cangialosi Business Innovation Competition

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The Cangialosi Business Innovation Competition (CBIC) is open now for University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) students who aspire to become entrepreneurs. Both undergraduate and graduate UMBC students can apply by submitting a competitive and realistic 3-5 page technology-focused business plan by March 6. The CBIC is a next-level competition designed to give aspiring entrepreneurs… Read more »

Pitching For the Stars: Women 2.0 Showcases SpaceX COO and Startups Ready to Blast Off


Yesterday hundreds of female entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the tech community converged for Women 2.0’s eighth annual conference in San Francisco. The conference kicked off with a keynote by the inspiring female COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell, a former mechanical engineer who joined SpaceX in 2002 as their seventh employee and is now responsible for day-to-day operations…. Read more »

DC’s Conscious Venture Lab Helps Entrepreneurs Put Purpose Before Profit

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What would happen if businesses around the world started caring as much about people as they do about profit? This is the question at the core of Conscious Venture Lab’s mission. Conscious Venture Lab is an early-stage business accelerator that works with entrepreneurs to build companies with societal purpose. Their goal is to develop and support businesses… Read more »

9 Online Tools Teachers Can Use to Help Students Succeed


We all know that education is more than books, paper, and pencils. To reach today’s students, teachers need to be tech-savvy and keep up on the latest innovations. As we all know, kids will generally learn better when they have fun and engage more of their senses. Some of these online tools help teachers connect with… Read more »

Major Tech Trends from CES 2014


This year marks my 10th trip to CES, and once again, it does not disappoint.  Every year I am amazed by the growth of new topics that I see at CES.  What struck me this year is the importance of platforms on all major trends at the show.  Yes, there are the obligatory new TV’s… Read more »

Meet the ERA 2014 Winter Accelerator Class


One of the exciting happenings in the startup world every January is a number of accelerator programs announcing their latest classes. Accelerator programs offer mentorship, access to VC and investors, and hands-on advice. Yesterday, Enterpreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) kicked off its 6th class. ERA is New York-focused and has been providing guidance to companies since 2011…. Read more »

D.C. Challenge Cup Points to Trends Among Tech Startups

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This post was previously published on The Challenge Cup News by author Emily Brown.  Today’s tech startup space differs from the one that created the tech bubble—and bust—in the 1990s. Entrepreneurs now pitch their tech products to an informed audience that uses technology daily; they can’t just roll out a fancy-sounding “dot com.” Today, innovations… Read more »

Berlin is the Place to be for Startups, According to Challenge Cup Participants


“It’s vibrant, super-interesting, diverse, fun, sometimes over-rated, but in general, really great!” That’s how KIWI.KI co-founder Christian Bogatu describes the startup scene in Berlin, where 20 companies pitched their ideas and innovations at 1776’s Challenge Cup event. KIWI.KI pitched under the Smart Cities category (winner: einFach). Other categories included Health (winner: OPTretina), Energy (winner: PlugSurfing),… Read more »

Alexis Ohanian Comes To DC; Tells Startups 10 Ways to Be Awesome


Sure, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian may be at my (and his) alma mater today, in Virginia, but we mustn’t disregard the fact that it has been Alexis Week in DC.Currently sitting on Reddit’s board, Ohanian is also the founder of Breadpig, an advisor to Hipmunk, an Ambassador for Y Combinator, and a serial investor. Renown for his active fight against SOPA and… Read more »

Want to Work for a Startup? Improve Your Emotional Intelligence


“The ‘ideal’ startup hire should be one of two things: 1) a continuous learner, who understands that there’s no way any one person can know everything and is also willing to learn more about [himself or herself], or 2) a truth-seeker, someone who wants to find the best way to make things happen – they’re constantly looking… Read more »