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1776 Welcomes New Startup Federation Members

Washington, D.C., May 6, 2014 — Today, 1776 welcomes six new members to the Startup Federation, a global collaborative of the world’s top entrepreneurial centers.  The Startup Federation’s newest members include: Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Dallas Entrepreneur Center, Venture Hive in Miami, Fl., Cross Campus in Los Angeles, Ca., Benjamin’s Desk in Philadelphia, Pa., and [IN]cubes in Toronto, Canada.

The Startup Federation is a global network of the world’s top incubators, all of which share an exclusive member base of startups with highly scalable products or services. The Federation brings together entrepreneurial centers in the world’s most influential cities, establishing membership reciprocity, joint programming, idea and resources exchanges and other collaboration.

The six new members of the Startup Federation will join the eight inaugural Federation members to increase the network of creativity, capital, and collaboration available to help entrepreneurs make their startups succeed.

“Today’s startups face an increasing need to be connected globally very early on in their lifecycles in order to compete,” said Donna Harris, cofounder of 1776. “Startups are highly mobile, highly social and require global resources to tackle the world’s major challenges.  We are excited to add each of the six organizations to the Startup Federation to connect the world’s thriving startup ecosystems. “

“Creative and innovative communities were once bound by geographic limitations. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center constantly seeks partners and networks to enable entrepreneurial ecosystems to eliminate the geocentricity of launching quality businesses,” said Sam Lingo, COO of Nashville Entrepreneur Center. “Expanding our partnership with 1776 through the Startup Federation platform is a great example of how we leverage local to grow global.”

“The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) is honored to be joining the Startup Federation alongside such leaders in the incubator community such as 1776, 1871, and Austin-based Capital Factory,” said Trey Bowles, co-founder of the DEC. “We believe that building a collaborative ecosystem among the entrepreneurial community is a top priority and partnering with leading organizations in the Federation create the opportunity to support entrepreneurs from all over the world as they travel, connect, and grow their businesses.”

Ben Zlotnick, CEO and Founder of [IN]cubes said, “By joining the Federation on top of our existing International Exchange Program, it only creates more value and a greater network for each of the parties involved. We are very excited about the endless opportunities for cross border collaboration on all levels”.

About 1776

1776 is a major initiative focused on helping entrepreneurs seeking to reinvent our lives as citizens. Located just blocks from the White House, 1776 convenes and accelerates startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that make Washington, D.C. unique. Visit or @1776dc on Twitter for more information.

For more information, contact:
Lisa Throckmorton
1776/Speakerbox Communications