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How This Startup is Bridging the Hearing Gap

KinTrans makes real-time sign language translation software — it automatically takes sign language and transforms it into spoken words.

How This Startup is Bridging the Hearing Gap

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A Hip New Take on The Chemistry Kit

Over the past few years, STEM has become an integral part of most conversations about our education system. This emphasis is steeped in the fact that science, technology, engineering, and math are seen as pathways to innovation—so ensuring that the next generation is well-versed in these subjects is a critical focus. The problem is that many of these conversations also center on the fact that women are underrepresented in STEM fields. That’s where Yellow Scope comes in. Recently named finalists in the Portland Challenge Cup competition, the owners of Yellow Scope, two mothers and scientists, set out to remedy the situation. Yellow Scope produces science kits to help get young girls interested in STEM fields. By providing the materials for out-of-the-box experiments, the company tries to shape a creative and fun environment for girls to learn about science, helping to build their interest in a field to which girls are […]

A Hip New Take on The Chemistry Kit

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How Startup mcSquares Hacked the Whiteboard

Some of us went to school when it was cool to write on the chalkboard (gasp!). Thankfully, many of today’s classroom supplies are seeing continued innovation. A new entrant to this fray just may be Colorado-based mcSquares, a finalist in the recent Challenge Cup competition in Denver. mcSquares has developed a modular white board with practical applications in the classroom, the boardroom, the cafe, and even the home. With a wall-mounted bracket that can hold mutliple mcSquare tiles, you can imagine how students or teams of colleagues might piece together concepts, and then take away action items. But truly, this concept is best explained by seeing. Follow along at #1776Challenge to see how mcSquares fares in the rest of the Challenge Cup competition.

How Startup mcSquares Hacked the Whiteboard

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Odd Couple: A Tech Company Helping Organic Farmers

The “organic” label appears today on everything from lettuce to livestock. But that label is not just a marketing ploy – what’s behind a product that’s been certified as organic is more than a quick handshake to agree to farm naturally. There’s a process to ensure that all farming and production operations meet federal standards – and conventional farms need to go through a transitional period of three years if they want to be considered for organic certification. To simplify the picture, there’s an information submission stage, an application stage, and an annual recertification process. Oh, and you have to actually farm, produce, and sell your goods while undergoing a time- and resource-intensive process. Crosstek Solutions, a technology company based in Cinncinatti, saw a business opportunity in helping farmers go through the process of becoming certified in organic production. Crosstek founded Sow Organic to assist farmers not only to begin and implement the process, but also to help […]

Odd Couple: A Tech Company Helping Organic Farmers

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The Startup That’s Making a Complex Immigration Process Simple

These days, when people talk about hot new startups, we often think of pure tech companies. We don’t always think of those companies that might leverage technology, in a large part or an ancillary way, to find new ways to solve old problems. Such is the case with SimpleCitizen, a finalist in the recent Challenge Cup competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beneath the vaulted ceilings of the former church-turned-entrepreneurship center Church & State, the three-person team behind Simple Citizen competed against a host of other startups in the area for a chance to advance to the regional stage of this year’s Challenge Cup. Founded just last year, SimpleCitizen works to improve the legal immigration process for individuals and families. The company offers online tools and resources that streamline the process in an affordable way–and they offer full legal review. The immigration process can be so complex and costly that it’s prompted an entire series on Medium.com. This […]

The Startup That’s Making a Complex Immigration Process Simple

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Helping Arizona’s Students See and Hear Their Best

When you go to a football game and the scoreboard is blurry, it might be hard to keep track of who’s winning. Similarly, kids who don’t realize they could be seeing more clearly might understandably have a tough time seeing the math problem their teacher is writing out on the chalkboard (they still have chalkboards, don’t they?). Many students, at some point, will have their eyesight, hearing, and languge skills tested by the school nurse. But not every school has a nurse. So what happens then? And did you ever realize there’s a massive trail of paperwork associated with screenings of this kind? To tackle the administrative challenges and ensure that students are learning to the best of their abilities, a team of teachers and speech pathologists in Arizona launched AZ Vision and Hearing. Not only does the team conduct the screenings and handle the paperwork for schools, but they […]

Helping Arizona’s Students See and Hear Their Best

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Get There on Time Thanks to TransitScreen

Here we go. You have 15 minutes to get to a meeting across town. What’s the fastest way to get there? When is the next subway coming? Will a taxi take forever with traffic? What about one of those community bike thingies? We’ve all been there (some of us more often than others, admittedly). And we’ve all wished there was a way to make the right decision in time to actually catch that next subway to make it to our destination relatively on time. Enter TransitScreen. In the recent Challenge Cup local competition in Washington, D.C., TransitScreen was named a finalist in the cities category. Available in multiple U.S. cities and even internationally, TransitScreen is a web application that compiles real-time data on various forms of public transportation and serves it up to consumers, taking the guess work out of choosing the most efficient way to travel. The application includes […]

Get There on Time Thanks to TransitScreen

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It’s Baaaaaaaack! The 1776 Global Challenge Cup Has Officially Begun

Each year 1776, a global incubator and venture fund, hosts a worldwide tournament called the Challenge Cup. The Challenge Cup will discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time. Startups advance through three rounds: Local, Regional and Global Finals. All of the regional winners and a host of wild cards will be invited to participate in the Challenge Cup Global Finals next June in Washington, D.C. There, they’ll compete for over $1 million in prizes, as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.   With events in 45 cities across the world, there’s bound to be one in your area. These competitions are exciting, informative, and inspiring, so check one out if  you can! We’ve been proud to support the Challenge Cup in its first two […]

It’s Baaaaaaaack! The 1776 Global Challenge Cup Has Officially Begun

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What Ebola Taught Daniel Yu About Inventory

Six months after the search began, the 2015 Challenge Cup winners have been announced. Of the 80 startups from around the world that competed at this year’s Challenge Festival, Daniel Yu’s ReliefWatch was chosen as one of four winners, getting top honors in the health category. Read on for more from this story that originally appeared on the 1776 site.  The spread of Ebola has revealed critical communication breakdowns in some healthcare agencies. But the gaps aren’t limited to Ebola. In the developing world, 40 percent of the 1 million clinics treating patients experience “stock outs” in which their supply runs dry. Reliefwatch is using mobile phones to keep clinics better prepared. The startup, whose founders came from the University of Chicago, won the health category of Chicago’s Challenge Cup this week. Cofounder Daniel Yu spoke about how he discovered the need for Reliefwatch and where the product has been deployed so far. […]

What Ebola Taught Daniel Yu About Inventory

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Report Reveals How to Drive Economic Growth in Cities

How do you fuel economic growth in cities? A new report reveals the secrets that had been hiding in plain sight.

Report Reveals How to Drive Economic Growth in Cities

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