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DFS Lab is helping the developing world bootstrap itself with fintech

Entrepreneurs have it rough in Africa, India, Pakistan — places where VC cash doesn't fall from the sky and necessary infrastructure like reliable banking and broadband can be hard to come by. But c

JD.com’s new accelerator focuses on blockchain startups

JD.com, one of China’s largest e-commerce companies, is launching a new Beijing-based accelerator program for artificial intelligence and blockchain startups. Called AI Catapult, its first batch inc

This is the tech that NFL players are excited about in 2018

With the NFL season now over, players finally have time to focus on their passions and side projects, which can be anything from an externship on Capital Hill to angel investing in startups. Some of t

Amazon expands its Techstars Alexa Accelerator to London, starts search for second cohort

Amazon continues to tap into the developer community to expand the ubiquity of its Alexa voice-based assistant, and it's taking the strategy international. Today the company opened applications for th

Microsoft revamps its startup programs with $500M commitment and new co-selling program

Microsoft has launched a number of programs for startups. These programs never quite told a cohesive story about Microsoft's commitment to startups, though. Now, the company is launching Microsoft for

Tradeshift Frontiers innovation lab hopes to drive blockchain adoption in the global supply chain

Tradeshift, a procure-to-pay supply chain management platform for SMBs and enterprise, announced Tradeshift Frontiers, an innovation lab and incubator that will focus on transforming supply chains th

Partnering with Techstars and Ecolab, ag giant Cargill returns to tech investing

The world’s largest private agricultural company, Cargill, is returning to tech investment alongside the environmental treatment company Ecolab and Techstars to launch a new accelerator program

Evolve Foundation launches a $100 million fund to find startups working to relieve human suffering

It seems there's nothing but bad news out there lately, but here's some good news -- the nonprofit Evolve Foundation has raised $100 million for a new fund called the Conscious Accelerator to combat l

Google takes aim at medtech for Launchpad Studio’s first batch of AI-focused startups

Google has been going all-in on AI and machine learning for some time now, and part of that is, of course, nurturing the growing ecosystem around it, from developer tools to startups. Their latest eff

Heartland startups finally strike back

A year ago the Midwest seemed on the cusp of a renaissance. Small towns and cities from Pittsburgh to Omaha had perfected the YC model of accelerator creation and low-cost/high-impact funding. The eco

Australia’s Startmate accelerator announces its most recent class

As the startup tech scene blossoms in Australia, despite challenges like a small pool of local institutional investors and natural threats like the predatory Dropbear, one of the key components of its

Airbus and HAX create an accelerator program for flying taxi tech

Aeronautics industry giant Airbus is teaming up with hardware early-stage investment firm HAX to create a four-month accelerator program based in Shenzhen focused on a high-flying goal – “urba

MIT’s The Engine raises $200M to fund ‘tough tech’

If you think that too many VCs these days are playing it safe and only looking to back sure bets rather than moonshots and more ambitious ventures, take a look over at what’s going on in Boston.

SparkLabs launches its latest accelerator program in Taipei

Accelerator network SparkLabs opened its newest program today in Taipei. Headed by managing partner Edgar Chiu, SparkLabs Taipei will focus on preparing Taiwanese startups to enter other countries.

Real estate venture firm Fifth Wall launches an early-stage accelerator

The venture capital firm Fifth Wall, an investor in construction and real estate-focused startups that is backed by some of the country's largest real estate companies, is expanding into early-stage

Disney puts a new spin on its accelerator

Over the past few years, Disney’s accelerator classes have been transitioning away from what was once a roughly standard early-stage growth framework. Rather than the “adopt-a-company” models pr

Wayra UK launches accelerator to tackle the ‘poverty premium’

Wayra, the Telefónica backed accelerator network, is launching a new startup program in the UK that aims to tackle the so-called 'poverty premium' -- whereby people on low incomes pay more for some

Our favorite startups from Alchemist Accelerator batch 15

Founded as an enterprise alternative to accelerator stalwarts like Y Combinator, Alchemist Accelerator has managed to assemble a solid track record in its five years of operation.  Going into batch 1

Columbus welcomes urban problem solvers with new accelerator

Every American city wishes it could better support technology, entrepreneurship and infrastructure, unfortunately few actually have the resources to set truly ambitious goals into motion. But Colum

Europe’s Rockstart accelerator launches an AI track

Netherlands-based accelerator program Rockstar, which focuses on helping startups through their first 1,000 days, has launched a new vertical program for artificial intelligence startups -- touting it
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