The 5 Most Overused Business Buzzwords of 2014

We’ve compiled a list of five of the most overused business buzzwords of 2014. We promise to (try) to avoid these in 2015. (But hey, we’re only human.)

The 5 Most Overused Business Buzzwords of 2014

America at work

Upcycling from Waste to High Fashion

—This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup news at the 1776 site– In Shanghai alone, there are 6,000 apparel-manufacturing factories. These factories produce just a fraction of the merchandise that consumers see on store shelves—but they also produce a hefty number of defective products that never make it to store shelves at all. Until now. In Shanghai, The Squirrelz is an upcycling platform that partners with brands and factories to create entirely new products from defects. Founded by Bunny Yan, The Squirrelz has opened a physical storefront shop but also has big plans to develop an online marketplace for upcycled goods. Yan’s pitch won the cities category at Challenge Cup Beijing, earning her a trip to D.C. for Challenge Festival this May. Following the pitches, we caught up with Yan to chat about her background and where she plans to take the company in 2015. Tell me how you got […]

Upcycling from Waste to High Fashion

Challenge Cup

1776 Challenge Cup is a global startup competition taking place in 16 cities across 11 countries to identify the most promising startups solving the biggest challenges in four categories – education, energy, health and cities.

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The Insurance Capital of the U.S.? Look to Des Moines

Each U.S. metropolitan areas is strong in a particular industry or sector. In the diverse economy of Des Moines, Iowa, that specialty would be insurance.

The Insurance Capital of the U.S.? Look to Des Moines

Creating opportunity | Smart government

A Small Business Looks to Upend Healthcare Technology

A Maryland-based startup hopes to solve the vexing problem of poorly performing electronic medical records technology—and it’s getting attention globally.

A Small Business Looks to Upend Healthcare Technology

True innovation

The Key to a Stunning Medical Breakthrough? Your Poop

OpenBiome is spearheading a new way to treat C. difficile, a potentially deadly bacterial infection. The key to their revolutionary medical solution? Poop.

The Key to a Stunning Medical Breakthrough? Your Poop

Doing good | True innovation

5 Professional Athletes Turned Entrepreneurs

With the Super Bowl around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of some relevant examples of athlete entrepreneurs who have gone on to have successful careers after their sports days were over.

5 Professional Athletes Turned Entrepreneurs

Creating opportunity

An Innovative Entrepreneur Is ReMaking Soap (Yes, Bar Soap)

Jack Haldrup’s drive to take soap making back to its historic roots sent him on a years-long business odyssey, one that ended in the creation of Dr. Squatch Soap.

An Innovative Entrepreneur Is ReMaking Soap (Yes, Bar Soap)

America at work | True innovation

Turning Wastewater into Resources

–This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup News on the 1776 site– The wastewater treatment market is not sustainable:. Its outdated process is both pricey and inefficient. That’s why Aquanos has devised a new way of using algae to change that entirely. The Israeli startup has been working on this technology, which saves energy on wastewater treatment, for years and is now ready to go to market. The company won the energy category at the Tel Aviv Challenge Cup earlier this month and will go on to the Challenge Festival in the spring. CEO Udi Leshem, who pitched during the competition, explained the science behind what Aquanos is doing and what it’s been like for his diverse team to work out of Tel Aviv. Describe the problem that you’re going after with Aquanos. I don’t need to explain why wastewater is a big problem. Everyone needs it but when you […]

Turning Wastewater into Resources

Challenge Cup | True innovation