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1776’s Challenge Cup 2015 Competition Kicks Off in DC

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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 sixteen regional competitions. At each of these competitions, startups will get… Read more »



17 Things Only Accelerator Graduates Understand

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Accelerators are the entrepreneurial equivalent of band camp – away from reality, stuck with your peers for all hours of the day, putting up with dubious living and culinary conditions. But there’s no more tightly-knit group than the marching band kids, right? After finishing an accelerator, you join that illustrious group of entrepreneurs who have survived… Read more »


DreamIt Austin Accelerator is Taking Applications

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DreamIt Ventures aims to help accomplished entrepreneurs build great companies. While the Philly program is in full swing, the accelerator program in Austin is taking applications for the 2015 cycle. This is the third year of DreamIt Austin; in the past, Austin classes have included participants from Brazil, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, and Israel. “The… Read more »


Venture Hive Wins SBA Competition

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Congrats are in order! Venture Hive, one of Miami’s top accelerator and incubator is one of the 50 winners of the inaugural nationwide Growth Accelerator Fund competition organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The 50 recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and come from a broad set of industries and… 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 »


Miami Dade College to Launch Idea Center and Incubator on Campus

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Miami Dade College announces plans to open a new entrepreneurship center, the Idea Center, in September. The Idea Center @MDC will be  headed by entrepreneur Leandro Finol, and it will be the college’s hub for entrepreneurship for 165,000 students. The center will also have a venture incubator, called CREATE, with programming and resources to help nurture and… Read more »


Hawaii – Blue Startups and Energy Excelerator Team up for Third Startup Paradise Demo Day

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(Honolulu, HI) Blue Startups and Energy Excelerator, both Hawaii based accelerator programs, recently celebrated their third partnered demo day branded StartupParadise at Iolani School’s Sullivan Center. In an effort to drive more resources like mentors, talent and investments to the Hawaii market, Blue Startups and Energy Excelerator drew the interest of 500 Startups founding partner Dave McClure… Read more »


DC’s Social Entrepreneur Incubator Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

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Halcyon Incubator, a Washington, D.C. based incubator for social entrepreneurs, announced recently that it has chosen its inaugural class of fellows to take part in the program’s first class this upcoming September. The fellows were chosen for their innovative ventures that aim to provide solutions for a broad range of challenges, ranging from reducing carbon dioxide… Read more »


DC-Based Cybersecurity Accelerator MACH37 Opens Applications for Fall Cohort

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Last week, the DC-based cybersecurity accelerator MACH37 opened their application process for the Fall 2014 class of startups. This will be the accelerator’s third class of cybersecurity startups. Based at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, VA, MACH37 is a cybersecurity accelerator that helps develop the next generation of security product startups through its 90-day incubation program. Each… Read more »


Demo Day: Austin’s Incubation Station Showcases 6 Startups

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Incubation Station marks their second annual Showcase Day event today in Austin, Texas. Six consumer packaged goods (CPG) startups, after a 12-week mentorship program, are getting the opportunity to present their final pitches to Austin’s entrepreneur and investor communities. These startups spent their 12 weeks at Incubation Station focusing on funding, team building, mentorship, and… Read more »



11 Startups Unveil at TechStars Boulder 2012 Demo Day

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Holy Demo Day Batman! Tonight marks the unveiling of the 6th class of TechStars Boulder, the top ranked accelerator in 2011.  Last year’s class included FullContact, Mocavo, and FlixMaster.  What does this year hold in store? Fear not, for Tech Cocktail is here to reveal the summer class of TechStars Boulder 2012. DealAngel With nearly… Read more »


14 New Startups Announced at DreamIt Ventures Demo Days

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Today 14 new startups are being announced as part of DreamIt Ventures Demo Days Philadelphia.  This invitation-only event showcases the year’s graduating ventures first with a presentation from each individual start-up, followed by an open gallery where attendees can interact with the companies directly.  For DreamIt Ventures, one of the top 15 ranked accelerators in the U.S.,… Read more »