October 28, 2015
We’ve talked about the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour for the past couple of weeks. The tour is visiting 11 cities across the U.S., educating people on Microsoft accelerator programs in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris, Seattle, and Tel Aviv. The tour we’ve been writing about has been focused on the Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. The accelerator is currently accepting applications for their new class, which on starts on February 2, 2016. The Seattle accelerator tour lands in Washington, D.C. on November 4, at startup incubator 1776.
The Beltway isn’t the first place that people think of when it comes to an active startup ecosystem, but you might be surprised to find a thriving, diverse community of tech startups taking root here. Many of them make their home at 1776. It’s more than just government/civic tech companies; startups that focus on health, sustainability, education, transportation, and more have started are members of 1776. Not to mention, many 1776 members are based in cities around the world. Here are a few of its more notable members:
Educanon is a visual learning platform that allows teachers to envision and create more collaborative learning environments through an interactive video strategy. Called the “flipped” learning strategy, Educanon uses online video-based structures, discussions, and small group projects to encourage a more individualized online learning experience.
Plugsurfing is a 1776 member that’s based in Berlin. It’s a mobile app that contributes to sustainability by helping drivers of electric cars locate nearby charging points, encouraging long-range, emission-free driving.
CancerIQ aggregates medical data from a variety of research centers and identifies the best practices and effective outcomes in cancer treatment. Called a cloud-base “cancer risk clinic in-a-box” CancerIQ helps users develop a personalized prevention program based on clinical, lifestyle and genetic data. CancerIQ uses data to help users make the best healthcare choices available to them, regardless of where they live.
Founded by two Army veterans, RideScout helps users get from point A to point B more quickly by finding the best transportation options. The app provides a variety of travel methods including public transportation, ride share, taxi, bikes, and walking. The app is available via iOS and Android.
HandUp is an online platform that facilitates direct giving from donors to people in need. 100% of donations go toward rent assistance and medical care and users in need have the opportunity to redeem donations for their specific needs.
If you’re in the DC area and interested in the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program, register for the tour stop to find out more, and to learn more about 1776. If you want to apply, you may find yourself a part of an exceptional community of accelerator alumni.
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