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Demo Day: Austin’s Incubation Station Showcases 6 Startups


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

tech stars boulder 2012

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

DreamIt Ventures Demo Days

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 »

TechStars Raises $24M, Increases Funding for Its Companies by $100K


Startup incubator TechStars announced today that is has raised $24M from Foundry Group, IA Ventures, Avalon Ventures, DFJ Mercury, SoftBank Capital, SVB Financial Group, RRE Ventures, Right Side Capital Management, TechStars Alumni and several individuals. This new funding will be used to offer every new TechStars company an additional $100,000 in funding in the form… Read more »

Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Program Unveils Inaugural Class

Kauffman Labs

This past week, the Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation Education Ventures hosted presentations by 23 founders of education companies who just completed a four-month incubation program.  You can learn more about the program in this video interview with Nick Seguin that we took at SXSW. The 16 business concepts that presented at the reception were… Read more »

AlphaLab Launches 5 Pittsburgh Startups

alphalab 2011 startup class

In Pittsburgh yesterday, AlphaLab, the three year old startup accelerator program which is part of Innovation Works, one of the most active seed-stage investors in the country, hosted their annual demo day launching five new startups. Innovation Works has created such successes as ModCloth which has raised $19.8 million in funding and mSpoke which was acquired by… Read more »

7 Startups Unveiled at LaunchBox Digital Durham Demo Day

Today in Durham, NC, seven new startups presented at the LaunchBox Digital 2010 Demo Day which is the culmination of 12 weeks of mentoring. This is LaunchBox Digital’s third year incubating new businesses and their first year in Durham, North Carolina. LaunchBox Digital was based in Washington, D.C. for the previous two years, where 17 companies were… Read more »

A Video Recap of Excelerate Labs Demo Day

This past summer Chicago-based Excelerate Labs incubated its first class of ten early-stage startups. We were on hand to cover the demo day event in August. This week, Excelerate Labs released a short video recap from demo day created by Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. The video highlights the day which was filled with a… Read more »

Five Austin Startups Launch at Capital Factory

Today in Austin, Texas five companies launched as part of the Capital Factory startup accelerator program. The program, which was founded in 2009 by Joshua Baer, an email marketing pioneer and founder of OtherInbox, Sam Decker, Chief Marketing Officer at Bazaarvoice, and Bryan Menell, founder of, offers up to $20,000 in cash as well… Read more »

10 Startups Launch in Chicago at Excelerate Labs

Excelerate Labs, Chicago’s new tech startup incubator, debuted their first group of graduates today. Modeled after Brad Feld’s and David Cohen’s incubator, TechStars, the Chicago management team spent time with the Colorado group to ensure they had the right approach and then Sam Yagan,  Kapil Chaudhary, Troy Henikoff and Nick Rosa were off and running,… Read more »

DreamIt Ventures Incubates 14 Startups in 2010

We are in Philadelphia this week, the land of independence, where the startup incubator DreamIt Ventures is showcasing fourteen new startups this year. In their third year, the DreamIt Ventures demo day was kicked off by program managing partners Kerry Rupp, Steven Welch, Michael Levenson and David Bookspan.

TechStars Boulder Launches 11 More Startups

This past week the TechStars startup incubator based in Boulder, Colorado launched another class of startups. Interestingly, of the twenty-four startups that have been a part of the TechStars program over the years, six have been acquired. We’ve hosted a few TECH cocktail Boulder startup mixers (as explained here and here) in the past which… Read more »