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Startup membership with 1776 will bring you the curriculum, connections, and feedback that you need to scale your business. Apply today to join our global network of entrepreneurs, mentors, and experts.

“As we look back, you’re not going to be able to tell the RideScout story without an entire chapter devoted to 1776.”

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“We’re bringing a solution to a very large problem. We’re a piece of the solution…We’re helping to pioneer technology around urban U.S. poverty.”

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“By being exposed to all these ideas, we bring the ones we think could have really high value into MedStar to pilot them.”

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Get involved

By becoming a startup member of 1776, you gain access to our extensive network of connections and resources—from expert mentors and investors to classes and events—regardless of your location. Learn more about our membership plans below.


Lafayette Square

Philadelphia –


The Pennovation Center

Cherry Hill Mall

Indianapolis –

Opening in March 2021 – 1776 at HqO

Meet our founders

1776 was founded in February 2013 by serial entrepreneurs Donna Harris and Evan Burfield with the vision of building an inclusive incubator for startups disrupting entrenched industries.  Over the course of the next four years, 1776 grew into a global enterprise with two campuses in the Greater Washington, DC area, Brooklyn, and Dubai, with over 800 startups under incubation and over 1000 mentors engaged on its platform UNION.  In 2017, Benjamin’s Desk, a Philadelphia based co-working company, merged with 1776 to create the largest entrepreneurial ecosystem for startups in the Northeast Corridor.  1776’s proprietary software platform, UNION was spun out as a separate company.

Meet our Team