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Post-Accelerator and Growth Funding in Berlin

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A couple of weeks ago, a colleague and I went on a trip to Vienna, Austria to deliver a keynote to a state-funded innovation agency to discuss entrepreneurship and the role of mentoring. One of the key points that came out of that discussion was the role of accelerators and the state of growth funding… Read more »


7 Educational Technology Startups That Deserve Your Attention

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The educational technology industry is getting busier by the day. New startups are constantly being promoted, but not all of them offer innovative concepts that increase the effectiveness of both teachers and students. That being said, there are some pretty cool recent launches both educators and students should check out. With the right set of… Read more »


Thinkers, Doers, and Makers: Yoshi Maisami Wants You at DC’s Ideaspace [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Washington D.C. is home to many co-working spaces like 1776, but Yoshi Maisami thinks our nation’s capital could benefit from having a commercial maker space. Thus, he founded… Read more »


Aaron Saunders and Clearly Innovative Are Helping Underserved Students in DC [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Two years ago, Aaron Saunders had the opportunity to host a summer hackathon in the DC neighborhood of Anacostia for kids in underserved communities, sponsored by his mobile… Read more »



Sage Salvo’s Words Liive Sheds New Light on English Language Arts [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Sage Salvo founded Words Liive because he wants to help students read more proficiently and study literature in more depth. To that end he’s developed an algorithm that… Read more »


Doers, Donors, and Door Openers Are Helping Marissa Jennings Build SocialGrlz [Video]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! While Marissa Jennings was at Bennett College she had to complete a senior project, and she decided to design a magazine for young African American women. However, during… Read more »



Is Your Startup Future Looking Bleak? It Might Be Time to Pivot

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When the app I’d spent a lot of time and energy developing didn’t take off, I felt like I’d reached a standstill. DailyFeats encouraged users to make positive changes, like eating healthy, volunteering, or spending time with family. Although my team had partnered with insurance companies like Cigna and brands like Walgreens to offer rewards,… Read more »


How GE and Local Motors Will Innovate Manufacturing [Video]

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Last night, Tech Cocktail held a DC Sessions event at the GE Garage in downtown Washington, where we got to sit down for a fireside chat with Local Motors‘ Chief Strategy Officer, Justin Fishkin, and GE’s Executive Director for Global Innovation & New Models, Stephen J. Liguori. The two companies have teamed up in 2014 for an initiative that… Read more »



3 Job Candidates You Should Stay Away From

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Every company, no matter the industry, is going to be plagued with less-than-stellar applicants when trying to fill a job opening. The same rings true for startups. As cited in Economic and Workforce Development: New Realities for a New Millennium, 60 percent of new jobs being created will require skills held by only 20 percent… Read more »




Two Washington University Entrepreneurs are Taking Sparo Labs to A UN Summit

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What do you get when you add together two hard-working students, one of the best universities in the country, and an incredibly efficient entrepreneurial education platform at said university? The short answer is: Sparo Labs. Founded by Washington University students Andrew Brimer and Abigail Cohen, Sparo Labs focuses their efforts on the healthcare world, specifically… Read more »


How Carbon Cash is Decreasing Energy Consumption On College Campuses [VIDEO]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! If you’re a current college student (or remember having gone to college), then you know that electricity is constantly being used in every corner of the university (from… Read more »