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An App with Aptitude: Using Smartphones to Fit Amputees for Prostheses

—This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup news on the 1776 site– In a war, when a soldier loses a limb, a medical worker often has to fly in to take three different rounds of measurements to fit the wounded man or woman for a prosthetic. The process is inefficient and costly. Amman-based Project X has developed something simpler and quicker: a mobile application that uses 3-D imaging to fit an amputee for a prosthesis. The company also uses the technology powering that product, which they call “Anaken,” to fit individuals for shoes using just a smartphone. In the future, cofounder Sami Yabroudi envisions a wide array of measuring applications that could benefit from this 3D imaging procedure Project X won the health category of the Amman Challenge Cup early last week. Yabroudi and cofounder Ahmad Sadeddin sat down after their victory to explain their startup’s origins and how the […]

An App with Aptitude: Using Smartphones to Fit Amputees for Prostheses

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Can Mobile Technology End Food Waste?

Roughly 40% of food is wasted in the U.S. With Food Cowboy, Roger Gordon hopes to reverse that.

Can Mobile Technology End Food Waste?

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A New Era in Detroit Music Begins at D.I.M.E.

Kevin Nixon and his partners, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, founded the Detroit Institute of Music Education (D.I.M.E.) after selling B.I.M.M., their independent U.K. music schools in England and Ireland, in 2010.

A New Era in Detroit Music Begins at D.I.M.E.

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Disrupting the North Pole (INFOGRAPHIC)

Our friends over at 1776 put together a great infographic that we loved so much we couldn't help but share it with everyone. Inspired by the holiday season, the infographic explores areas that startup members of the 1776 co-working space could potentially help Santa Claus and his elves run a more efficient, streamlined operation. With billions of people to visit in a single night, Santa and Mrs. Claus need all the help they can get.

Disrupting the North Pole (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Putting Public Insights to Good Use in Tel Aviv

– This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup news at the 1776 site– It’s becoming common practice for government agencies to ask for public input in making decisions about programs and policies that affect citizens. Often though, what comes out of that ask is a long list of suggestions that leaders aren’t able to make sense of. That’s where Insights comes in. The Tel Aviv-based startup is a crowd-consulting platform that sorts through citizens’  feedback data and provides meaningful, actionable insights that leaders can use to be more inclusive and responsive. Insights won the smart cities category of the Tel Aviv Challenge Cup and will go on to compete in the Challenge Festival in D.C. in May. After the event, Founder and CEO Gal Alon gave some examples of the work his company is doing and how he plans to make an impact longterm. You want to help government agencies […]

Putting Public Insights to Good Use in Tel Aviv

Challenge Cup | Smart government

People’s Choice Beef Jerky: The Original Artisanal Food Company

People’s Choice Beef Jerky, a fourth-generation family business in L.A., switched in the 1990s from purveyor of meats and sausages to an artisanal snack brand. Today, the company turns 20,000 pounds of beef each week into the cowboy campfire snack, with flavors ranging from Classic to Sriracha and Carne Seca.

People’s Choice Beef Jerky: The Original Artisanal Food Company

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Looking for American Innovation? Start in a Public Bathroom.

If you think the United States is a manufacturing laggard, a country that can’t keep up with the Chinas and Mexicos of the world, then you clearly have never talked to William Gagnon, the vice president of marketing at Excel Dryer.

Looking for American Innovation? Start in a Public Bathroom.

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The 10 Best Fictional Businesses

Though they might not have to have file taxes or register with their local governments, these 10 fictional businesses are pretty iconic institutions—depending, of course, on your level of television show fandom.

The 10 Best Fictional Businesses

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Put Your Money Where Your Draft Is

–This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup News at the 1776 site– Finding cash on the street was just the affirmation that Andy Frank needed to assure him that his energy-efficiency-related startup idea was a good one. From there, Frank launched Sealed, which guarantees energy savings for homeowners who might otherwise be skeptical that they could legitimately save.  With Frank, the startup’s founder and CEO, pitching, Sealed won the energy category in New York’s Challenge Cup competition last week and will advance to the Challenge Festival in May. Just after his victory, Frank explained which kind of homeowners he’s trying to help first and how Sealed’s savings guarantee works. What problem is Sealed specifically trying to tackle within the energy efficiency space? Energy efficiency is a huge opportunity. It’s basically off the charts. But the single biggest thing, by a long shot, that’s preventing the scaling of energy efficiency is confidence […]

Put Your Money Where Your Draft Is

Challenge Cup | Creating opportunity

From FedEx to Airbnb: How E-Commerce Drives Growth (INFOGRAPHIC)

This infographic explores the evolution of e-commerce and its effect on business and the innovation economy.

From FedEx to Airbnb: How E-Commerce Drives Growth (INFOGRAPHIC)

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10 Popular Entrepreneurial Television Characters

Here's a list of 10 popular entrepreneurial television characters. Before you read on, however, be warned: There are some spoilers ahead.

10 Popular Entrepreneurial Television Characters

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8 Founders Who Started Businesses After 30

These 8 founders show that when it comes to starting a company, age is nothing but a number.

8 Founders Who Started Businesses After 30

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