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Where to Find Startups at SXSW 2014

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SXSW Interactive attracts over 32,000 attendees (along with Film), scattered across a handful of venues in downtown Austin. Some people are corporate employees, some are individuals, and others are startup entrepreneurs. Here’s where to find the startups. SXSW Startup Village Located on the fourth floor of the Downtown Austin Hilton, this is where a lot… Read more »


SXSW Sessions You Might Possibly Want to Attend

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If you’re attending SXSW Interactive, the mega-festival that takes place from March 7-11, you’ll have over 1,000 sessions to choose from (not to mention the parties). You may give preferences to the parties, but here are some sessions you might want to check out. Friday, March 7 Gary Vaynerchuk Tells You How to Rock SXSW… Read more »


The Secret Resource Every Startup Needs To Know

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It’s never been easier to launch a startup. Powerful broadband networks, cloud computing and mobile and web applications have lowered the barrier to entry and created efficiencies for small businesses to scale. But while these resources make it easier to launch a business, they don’t remove the challenge of developing a winning product. To do… Read more »



14 Resources That Women in Tech Should Know About

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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 »