1776 Announces 20 Startup Programs to Join UNION Network

March 9, 2017

4:30 pm

With roots in Washington D.C., the global incubator 1776 helps startups by providing connections, insights, and tools to help give companies the boost they need to drive massive scale revenue growth. Through UNION, a global digital network and platform that catalyzes innovation by uniting startup ecosystems around the world, they’re able to equip startups with the resources they need to thrive.

In her Medium blog post, Yuriko Horvath, CTO of 1776, had this to say about the importance of solving the world’s most challenging problems:

“Overseeing the development of the UNION network within 1776 from concept to growth, overseeing which I created, is the embodiment of data for good. By bringing thousands of startups, mentors, investors and institutions from around the world onto a single platform, we can harness the resulting data to solve complex challenges around the world,” she said.

Today, 1776 announced that over 20 startup programs across five continents have joined its UNION network. In addition to 36 Degrees North, startup programs joining the Union network include:

  • 43North, Buffalo: 43North is a $5 million startup competition where winners receive mentors and free incubator space.
  • Benjamin’s Desk, Philadelphia: Benjamin’s Desk is a diverse coworking community and media platform for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs, & startups.
  • Betamore, Baltimore: Betamore is a non-profit that serves as a campus for technology and entrepreneurship.
  • Capital Factory, Austin: Capital Factory is Austin’s Center of Gravity for Entrepreneurship providing startups with the best accelerator and incubator programs as well as co-working spaces.
  • Domi, Tallahasee: Domi is a startup incubator and coworking space that offers programs, resources, and events that help entrepreneurs start sustainable companies.
  • Found.Ation, Athens: Found.ation is a technology hub that develops local startup companies by providing support and guidance to startup teams for the first 12 to 18 months.
  • Hivecolab, Kampala: Hive Colab incubates companies and startups critical to Uganda’s technology ecosystem.
  • iHub, Nairobi: iHub catalyses the growth of the Kenyan community by connecting people, supporting startups, and providing information.
  • i.Lab at UVA, Charlottesville: I.Lab is a University-wide initiative that creates a space for entrepreneurship and innovation education. It provides coaching, courses and incubation to students, faculty and community members innovating the future.
  • Intersection, Shanghai: Information not available
  • Invest2Innovate (i2i), Islamabad: Invest2Innovate provides support and insight to entrepreneurs’ businesses.
  • iSpace, Accra: iSpace exists to nourish startups in Accra and help innovation flourish.
  • RAMP, Roanoke: Fosters growth and propel high-potential startups while promoting jobs in downtown Roanoke, Ramp is dedicated to innovation.
  • StartingBlock, Madison: StartingBlock fosters startup growth through collaborative learning and mentorship.
  • Startup Chile, Santiago: Startup Chile helps startups speed up their growth and leave a positive impact in Latin America.
  • Startup Mexico, Mexico City: Startup Mexico is the first super hub for entrepreneurs in Mexico.
  • Tampa Bay Wave, Tampa: A space for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, Tampa Bay Wave is home to over 150 startups.
  • The Brickyard, Ashburn: Communal, functional, and inspiring, The Brickyard offers Virginia entrepreneurs a more inspiring place to work than the local Starbucks.
  • The Sandbox, Santa Barbara: The Sandbox is open 24/7 to local entrepreneurs and community members.
  • Venture Hall, Portland ME: Dedicated to turning ideas into successful businesses, Venture Hall is committed to startup growth.

Once these 20 startup programs are completely onboarded, UNION will have more than 4,000 startups, 1,000 mentors, and a larger collection of startup-centric training curriculum.

Read more about 1776 activity, Challenge Cup competition and startups at Tech.Co.


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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.