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The world has changed, and our world’s leading corporations are finding a storm of technology and disruption raining on them from seemingly every direction. It’s no longer enough to drive process improvement or seek best practices. To fully envision the future, companies need to look outward, to the entrepreneurs and innovators around the world who are bringing new technologies and entirely new business models to market.

By joining 1776, our corporate members gain this critical new lens into the bold new solutions emerging in far corners of the globe, as well as the very culture, mindset and tools those entrepreneurs employ to think dramatically differently about the future.

Below are the corporate companies 1776 works with to bring innovation to their industries, as well as the access and resources of institutions to our startups.

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  • Microsoft is excited to be a Founding Partner of 1776. Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Through this partnership Microsoft hopes to advise technology startups on innovative practices and how to best leverage Microsoft products to advance their businesses.

  • Comcast business is the exclusive Founding Technology Partner for 1776, offering 1776 startups access to scalable, high-performance Ethernet, Internet, business VoiceEdgeTM  and TV services. Through this partnership, Comcast business provides over 115 companies at the 1776 Campus with the connectivity and reliability needed to run their businesses effectively.

  • MedStar Health, via the MedStar Institute for Innovation, is proud to be a Founding Partner of 1776 and to support startups throughout the D.C. area. MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and D.C. area, and advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Medstar is home to the MedStar Institute for Innovation, an internal startup that serves as a catalyst for innovation across the entire MedStar organization, as well as a portal into MedStar for outside expertise. In addition to providing access to the full range of clinical experts and care delivery environments at MedStar, the MedStar Institute for Innovation offers services and insight across a broad range of domains that are valuable to entrepreneurs during different stages of product development.

  • With a mission to make Montgomery County a globally competitive and highly diversified knowledge-based economy, the County’s Department of Economic Development (DED) works to stimulate job growth and encourage business location and expansion. DED’s partnership with 1776 will give the County businesses access to 1776’s resources and expertise and allows companies with public-serving technologies to test and deploy them in real-life settings.

  • As a global leader in innovative technologies with established roots in the D.C. community, AT&T looks forward to continuing its partnership with 1776 and the local startup community. Through this partnership AT&T strives to help startups find new ways to address major consumer, business and societal needs.

  • AARP and 1776 have launched a joint effort to stimulate innovation in the tech sector that will benefit people age 50 and over. With the help of 1776, AARP will identify, mentor, and connect startups that serve people 50+, make introductions to key AARP affiliates, help companies scale to market and fuel innovation explicitly designed for people over 50 in tech, financial tech, lifestyle, health, health security, financial resilience and personal fulfillment.

  • JLL is a financial and professional services firm specializing in creating real value for real estate owners, occupiers and investors worldwide. JLL is proud to partner with 1776 in support of startups that are shaping the future of business in D.C. and around the globe.

  • PILOT, formerly NAB Labs, is an initiative to bring together leading edge companies, organizations and educators to advance broadcast technology and broadcaster innovation.

  • Company: RideScout
    Headquarters: Austin, TX

    Acquired by Daimler in 2014

  • Aronson has been thinking ahead for its clients for more than 50 years. Industry experts provide innovative audit, tax, and consulting services that help clients move to the next level. The firm is working with 1776 to assist metro area startups in navigating all stages of the business cycle by proactively identifying opportunities and addressing challenges so that they can focus on their core business. Aronson holds regular office hours, host talks on critical business issues affecting startups and participates in key events throughout the year. Aronson shows companies how to rethink everything to be more profitable, more competitive and better prepared for the future.

  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer is excited to partner with 1776 to counsel companies on data privacy and security issues and other technology and communications policy matters, as well as to provide legal services at a “startup friendly” rate.

  • Esri® helps startups map and model the world. Esri’s GIS technology enables companies to effectively analyze and manage their geographic information and make better business decisions. We are supported by an experienced and knowledgeable staff and an extensive network of business partners, such as 1776, and international distributors. We are excited about our partnership with 1776 and the services we are able to offer startups to help them grow their business.

  • Dell, a global technology leader, has teamed up with 1776 as part of Dell’s ongoing commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation through Dell for Entrepreneurs. The partnership is part of Dell’s ongoing initiative to fuel innovation and global growth by providing emerging business with Dell’s resources, expertise and solutions.  As part of the program, 1776 members have access to Dell’s world-class technology, mentoring, workshops, events and access to the Dell for Entrepreneurs community.

  • Global law firm Morrison & Foerster provides legal and policy advisory support and educational content to the innovative startups at the 1776 campus. Morrison & Foerster holds informative office hours, delivers educational talks on important startup legal issues and participates in key events throughout the year. Morrison & Foerster combines the strength of an international law firm with a focused regional practice that is committed to helping startups achieve success by giving the right advice at the right time, maximizing their opportunities to realize value down the road. We play an active role in connecting innovators and entrepreneurs with the resources they need to excel.

  • Capital One Bank partners with 1776 to advise and connect with the D.C. startup community as well as to support local entrepreneurship.

  • Mobile Future is thrilled to partner with 1776 to support mobile entrepreneurs. Mobile Future is an association of cutting-edge technology and communications companies and a diverse group of non-profit organizations, working to support an environment which encourages investment and innovation in the dynamic wireless sector.

  • American University’s partnership with 1776 involves three schools with targeted degrees and certificates focusing on entrepreneurship: the School of Communication, Kogod School of Business, and School of International Service. The programs include entrepreneurship in media, the creation of sustainable business, nonprofit and social entrepreneurial ventures, and the creation of social enterprises. The exciting partnership provides AU’s students and faculty access to 1776 campus space, programming and events, as well as discounted memberships to select AU students. AU’s expert faculty members also host sessions for 1776 startups.

  • The Darden School of Business partners with 1776 and offers seats, on 1776 campus, for UVA and Darden students and alumni entrepreneurs to use on an interim basis. Throughout the year, Darden provides educational opportunities — workshops, mentoring sessions and pitch nights — which bring in expert entrepreneurs and foster direct engagement with D.C.’s unique entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • By partnering with 1776, Georgetown students, faculty, and staff have access to reserved space at the 1776 Campus and can connect with the robust community of startup activity located there, including mentorship, corporate connections, and access to events featuring local and global startup communities. Georgetown embraces its role as a driver of economic development in D.C. and is proud of the many locally-based entrepreneurial companies led or founded by Hoyas (AOL, Blackboard, Nextel, Sweetgreen, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, SocialTables, CapitalSource, to name a few). Through the partnership with 1776 and in conjunction with the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and other efforts across campus, Georgetown is developing the next generation of world-changing entrepreneurs.

  • Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral research intensive university established in Washington, D.C., in 1867. Its undergraduate, graduate, professional and joint degree programs span more than 120 areas of study within 13 schools and colleges with an enrollment of more than 10,000 students. Howard University is thrilled to partner with 1776 and further its participation in D.C.’s thriving startup community.