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Global Startup Programs Join 1776’s UNION Network


Over 20 programs representing more than 4,000 startups are now connected to a digital innovation network of mentors, investors, and institutions.

Washington, D.C. — Today, 1776 announced that more than 20 startup programs across five continents have joined its UNION network, a digital platform that catalyzes innovation by connecting startup ecosystems together around the world.

“We’re joining UNION to add a layer of global resources to the startup ecosystem we’re building in Tulsa,” said Dustin Curzon, Executive Director of 36 Degrees North, an entrepreneur hub in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Using the platform allows our startups to build their businesses in Tulsa while connecting with mentors and other resources around the world.”

In addition to 36 Degrees North, startup programs joining the Union network include:

43North, Buffalo
Benjamin’s Desk, Philadelphia
Betamore, Baltimore
Brickyard, Ashburn
Capital Factory, Austin
Domi, Tallahasee
Found.Ation, Athens
Hivecolab, Kampala
iHub, Nairobi
i.Lab at UVA, Charlottesville
Intersection, Shanghai
Invest2Innovate (i2i), Islamabad
iSpace, Accra
PGHLabs, Pittsburgh
RAMP, Roanoke
StartAD, Abu Dhabi
StartingBlock Madison, Madison
Startup Chile, Santiago
Startup Mexico, Mexico City
Tampa Bay Wave, Tampa
The Sandbox, Santa Barbara
Venture Hall, Portland ME

“We are scaling UNION into a global network to make sure that entrepreneurs can access the resources they need to excel no matter where they are based,” said Evan Burfield, 1776 CEO. “1776’s focus has always been to empower entrepreneurs solving critical problems, and through UNION, we’re able to empower a global group of startup programs together to make that a reality, faster.”

Once these 20 startup programs are completely onboarded, UNION will have more than 4,000 startups, 1,000 mentors, and a larger collection of startup-centric training curriculum. These programs represent just a fraction of the ever-expanding startup ecosystem, and 1776 will continue to welcome startup programs into its UNION network to drive connections and experiences that advance innovation everywhere.


About 1776

1776 is a public benefit corporation that empowers startup ecosystems around the world to solve complex challenges. To accomplish this, we leverage our digital startup network, UNION; physical campuses in Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco and Dubai; a global startup pitch competition, Challenge Cup; and deep staff expertise in regulatory issues. We accelerate connections and outcomes among startups, corporations, and public institutions. For more information, please visit and follow @1776 on Twitter and @1776vc on Instagram.