1776’s Challenge Cup 2015 Competition Kicks Off in DC

By | Oct 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Today, DC-based startup accelerator/incubator 1776 officially kicks off its Challenge Cup 2015 global competition. Forty startups are slated to compete at tonight’s pitch competition; each of which will represent one of four categories: health, education, cities, and energy. Tonight’s Challenge Cup DC competition will be the first of…


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Dating App Whim: Female-Led, 500 Strong

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Many in the world of tech accelerators and incubators know that 500 Startups founder Dave McClure has doubled down on his support for female-led startups. It’s one of the main reasons that the founders of dating app Whim chose to apply for the program. “Dave’s outspoken support…


San Francisco

YogaTrail: A Marketplace for Yogis to Get Their Om On

By | Oct 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Prep your mats Yogis; practicing anywhere in the world just got easier! That’s the concept behind YogaTrail, an online network where  people find and connect with yoga teachers on the go. The startup is based out of Chiang Mai, Thailand, but recently relocated to San…



Accelerate Your Startup: Apply for Miami’s Venture Hive Accelerator

By | Oct 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Venture Hive announced today that they are accepting applications  for the Winter 2015 Accelerator class! Startups from all over the world can apply to join the next class in Miami. Since January 2013, Venture Hive has worked with tech entrepreneurs from more than 20 countries…


MeteorJs: Prototype to Production App In A Few Weeks

By | Sep 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

MeteorJs is an open-source framework to quickly build web apps that is powerful enough for an experienced developer, but easy enough for a beginner to get started on building a production app. Meteor Development went through Y Combinator in 2011 and also raised $11.2 million from…

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Boise Accelerator Collabortank to Provide Resources for Local Startups

By | Sep 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

A coalition of successful business owners and educators have joined forces to create Collabortank, a startup accelerator at Boise Hub co-working space for entrepreneurs. The Boise accelerator comes at a time when the city is starting to get national attention as a growing tech hub, recently ranked top 5…



Excited Founders Meet Their Mentors at DreamIt Philly

By | Sep 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

The DreamIt Ventures launch event to officially announce the new accelerator class was held last week, and I had the chance to visit their co-working space in Philly when it was time for the teams to get to work. The space had been decorated and the mentors…


5 Innovative Business Incubator Strategies

By | Sep 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

So you want to join a business incubator?  Here are 5 key strategies to help you compare options. 1. Stake it to make it  If the incubator doesn’t have a stake in the companies, they are just selling real estate.  That’s a fine model, and it is innovative…



10 Startups Unveil at Techstars Chicago Demo Day

By | Aug 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

On Wednesday, Techstars Chicago held demo day for its Summer 2014 class of startups. Managing director Troy Henikoff and cofounder Sam Yagan referred to the ten presenting startups as the “best class ever,” according to a report by Built in Chicago. Announced in May,…


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Wells Fargo Launches Startup Accelerator to Promote Innovation In Financial Industry

By | Aug 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Wells Fargo announced this week that it will be accepting applications through October from startups to join the new Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, a semiannual boot camp for innovators whose technology ideas in payments, deposits, fraud, operations and other fields could shape future customer experiences in financial services. The fourth-biggest…



Miami-Based SWOL Joins Mobile-First Accelerator Momentum in San Francisco

By | Aug 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

SWOL (Soccer Without Limits), a South Florida engagement platform for international soccer fans, has been chosen to be part of a new accelerator and fund Momentum, founded by Mobile Monday Silicon Valley’s Mario Tapia and Ryan Bloomer, as well as Hidden River Ventures‘ Todd…



Startup Accelerator BRIC House Launches in Boca Raton

By | Aug 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

South Florida-based entrepreneurs John Kemp and Ryan Texeira announced they are launching a startup accelerator and incubator in Boca Raton called BRIC House. The BRIC’s startup accelerator program will offer up to USD $100,000 in seed capital to the companies that are chosen, as…


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Iowa Startup Accelerator Announces Inaugural Class of Startups

By | Aug 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Yesterday, the Iowa Startup Accelerator announced the ten startups that will be participating in its inaugural class. The accelerator officially began with all ten startups yesterday, and the program will last for 90 days. At the end of this period, each startup will present to…



GE, Local Motors Launch FirstBuild Micro-Factory in Louisville

By | Jul 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm

General Electric, Local Motors and University of Louisville have joined forces to open the FirstBuild Micro-factory. The micro-factory will be a place for “online and local community members to design products and help solve engineering challenges that will fast-track community driven innovation to market.” The opening…



Kaplan and Techstars Announce the 2014 Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Class

By | Jul 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

It was today announced that 12 education-technology startups have been officially selected to participate in the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator in New York City. Kaplan, the global education company and largest subsidiary of the Graham Holdings Company, is partnering with Techstars to power the three…


Propser Accelerator to Focus Solely on Women-Led Startups

By | Jul 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

The St. Louis Business Journal today reported on a new accelerator opening in the Gateway city. Prosper is launching a startup accelerator that will funnel $600,000 annually into St. Louis area companies. That in and of itself doesn’t make them ground breaking. What does,…


Jamaica Launches Startup Accelerator to Attract Investors

By | Jul 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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…