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  • Apply now for Include Office Hours with General Catalyst and CrunchFund!

    Apply now for Include Office Hours with General Catalyst and CrunchFund!

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening on August 31st! Adam Valkin, Spencer Lazar and Peter Boyce from General Catalyst in NYC, along with Pat Gallagher and Susan Hobbs from CrunchFund in SF, will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for… Read More

  • Leaf raises $2M seed round, launches sleek in-home cannabis growing system

    Leaf raises $2M seed round, launches sleek in-home cannabis growing system

    Marijuana use is a bit of a tricky subject in the United States. While public opinion on the matter may be shifting toward being more open to legalization — a YouGov poll released earlier this month showed that 55 percent of those surveyed supported legalizing marijuana, with more Republicans supporting legalization than not — only 25 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized… Read More

  • Watch 500 Startups’ Demo Day here

    Watch 500 Startups’ Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you 500 Startups’ Batch 17 Demo Day today, August 2nd, starting at 1:00pm PT. 500 Startups is a global seed fund and startup accelerator founded by Dave McClure and Christine Tsai. 500 has invested in a variety of technology startups all over the world and maintains regional funds focused on Korea, Thailand, Turkey and North Africa, among other… Read More

  • Watch TechCode’s Demo Day here

    Watch TechCode’s Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you TechCode‘s Demo Day today, Tuesday July 26th from Mountain View, California. TechCode’s U.S. accelerator program focuses on artificial intelligence and hardware startups that already have a prototype. The goal is to help expedite commercialization for these startups by introducing them to partners and investors. TechCode also provides supply… Read More

  • Ava launches a wearable to help couples conceive

    Ava launches a wearable to help couples conceive

    Tracking your period, peeing on a stick and carrying around a thermometer have been the dominant technologies over the past 20 years to help families conceive. If it sounds outdated, that’s because it is. TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield alum Ava is hoping to change that with a wearable that helps couples pinpoint when a woman is in her fertile window and the time is right to… Read More

  • ISI Technology raises $5M to bring their electric water heater to a home near you

    ISI Technology raises $5M to bring their electric water heater to a home near you

    Today, ISI Technology announced the closing of their $5 million Series A led by Wave Equity Partners. ISI is the maker of the Heatworks technology; a fully electronic water heater. It happens every morning in households across the US: Turn the water on then check your email, brush your teeth or just wander around the bathroom for several minutes, waiting for hot water to arrive. In that time… Read More

  • Where are they now? 1st & Future alum Radd3 raises $2.2M from HTC

    Where are they now? 1st & Future alum Radd3 raises $2.2M from HTC

    In coordination with Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium, TechCrunch partnered with Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the National Football League on 1st & Future, a competition for startups looking to advance the stadium experience, enhance how fans enjoy the game at home and improve the performance and safety of athletes. Radd3, one of the startups competing in… Read More

  • Watch the Indiebio Demo Day here

    Watch the Indiebio Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Indiebio’s Demo Day this Thursday, July 14th from San Francisco. Backed by SOSV, Indiebio is the largest life sciences accelerator to date. Indiebio provides each startup in the accelerator with $250,000, lab space, and expert mentors including 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and father of the Human Genome Project, George Church. IndieBio’s third… Read More

  • Teachers and mentors: apply to have your students attend Disrupt SF

    Teachers and mentors: apply to have your students attend Disrupt SF

    Applications are now open for student groups to attend Disrupt San Francisco at Pier 48 on Tuesday, September 13 or Wednesday, September 14th. The program is part of Include,  TechCrunch’s diversity program aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to gain better access to the startup scene. For the past several Disrupts, TC has worked informally with… Read More

  • Underrepresented founders have 24 hours to apply to Include Office Hours

    Underrepresented founders have 24 hours to apply to Include Office Hours

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening this July! In New York, Taylor Greene from Lerer Hippeau Ventures and in San Francisco, Sergio Monsalve and Ed Yip of Norwest Venture Partners will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Underrepresented founders have just 24 hours to apply here! Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program… Read More

  • Get your Startup Battlefield application in by July 5th!

    Get your Startup Battlefield application in by July 5th!

    Startup Battlefield hopefuls, it’s time to stop procrastinating and apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF. We’re looking for promising startups from the U.S. and abroad to compete on the biggest stage in tech. Look, we get it, you’re super busy. Maybe you’ve been working extra hard to make some key advances in your company or find the perfect hire, or maybe… Read More

  • Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s London Demo Day here

    Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s London Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Microsoft Accelerator’s London Demo Day on June 30th from 7:30-10:00am PT, 3:30-6pm GMT. The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around the world, from… Read More

  • Underrepresented founders, apply for Include office hours with Lerer and Norwest Venture Partners

    Underrepresented founders, apply for Include office hours with Lerer and Norwest Venture Partners

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening this July!  In New York, Taylor Green from Lerer Ventures and in San Francisco, Sergio Monsalve and Ed Yip of Norwest Venture Partners will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in… Read More

  • Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Berlin Demo Day here

    Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Berlin Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Microsoft Accelerator’s Berlin Demo Day on June 29th. The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around the world, from Seattle to Beijing, from Berlin to Tel-Aviv. Read More

  • Pitch@Palace Malaysia Demo Day recap

    Pitch@Palace Malaysia Demo Day recap

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you a recap of Pitch@Palace Malaysia that took place earlier today. Established by The Duke of York, Pitch@Palace offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business in front of an audience of influencers. Pitch@Palace Malaysia aims to provide a platform to showcase Malaysian Entrepreneurs, connecting them to local and international networks with… Read More

  • Attention Asian startups: Apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF!

    Attention Asian startups: Apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF!

    Calling startups in Asia and across the world — apply for our Startup Battlefield competition at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco this September! Startups are at the core of what we do here at TechCrunch. Beyond writing about them every day on TechCrunch, they are a hugely important focus of our events whether it’s TechCrunch Shanghai, where our team is right now or Disrupt SF… Read More

  • Former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago raises £4.6m to help small businesses get paid

    Former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago raises £4.6m to help small businesses get paid

    Back in November, TechCrunch took a look at former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago, a U.K. fintech startup that was looking to help freelancers and other small business owners get paid on time. Satago started an automated database that lets users see how well (or poorly) companies are at paying invoices in a timely fashion, and has tools such as automated invoices, reminders… Read More

  • Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Bangalore Demo Day here

    Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Bangalore Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Microsoft Accelerator’s Bangalore Demo Day today, Wednesday June 22nd starting at 9:30pm PT. The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around the world… Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield competitor Foobot wants to reduce pollution in your home

    Hardware Battlefield competitor Foobot wants to reduce pollution in your home

    The last we heard from AirBoxLab, the company was presenting an indoor air quality monitor called Alima in the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield at CES 2014. In the two years since that event, the company has rebranded the Alima as the Foobot, raised €2 million and shifted focus from simply monitoring air quality to improving it. When Foobot released a direct to consumer product back in… Read More

  • Startup Battlefield application deadline extended for Disrupt SF

    Startup Battlefield application deadline extended for Disrupt SF

    Attention startup hopefuls: It’s time to stop procrastinating and apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF. Startups from across the US and around the world have until 12pm PT on July 5th to get your application in front of the selection team. Apply now! For those who aren’t yet familiar, the Startup Battlefield is a world-renowned startup competition. It’s like… Read More

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