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Tech for Good Startup Weekend

Hub Ventures is hosting a Technology for Good Startup Weekend from 12/7-12/9 that will bring together startup enthusiasts for 54 hours to build technology solutions for big social and environmental challenges. The top teams will be fast tracked to the finalist round for the Spring 2013 cohort of Hub Ventures and will receive valuable perks including Facebook Ads credits. If you’re a tech for good entrepreneur looking for co-founders or want to join an existing startup team, this is the event for you!

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Spring 13, Week 12: Eko Devices

Hear from Connor Landgraf, founder of Eko Devices about the final weeks of the program.

Eko Devices believes in one thing: we believe in harnessing the power of computer assisted diagnosis for healthcare. We believe that smartphones that can utilize the enormous potential of big data and cloud technologies can reduce the costs of healthcare and improve the outcomes of patients. We have developed a smartphone app and hardware component that help doctors diagnose hard-to-hear heart conditions using a standard stethoscope. Our technology can allow doctors around the world from the outback in Australia to the jungles in Indonesia the ability to better diagnose these conditions.

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Spring 13, Week 8: Share Practice

“Experience, not knowledge, is the biggest limiting factor between good doctors and great doctors.” This week we hear from Dr. Andrew Brandeis, of Share Practice.

Good doctors make bad decisions because knowledge sources are broken. Medical reference tools are biased by business and insurance interests and most doctors don’t have time to read antiquated research papers. Doctors are also not aware of new or effective treatments because there are no easy ways for us to disseminate information. So we call, text, and email each other. This is a terrible way to share the most important information in the largest market in the world.

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Spring 13, Week 6: UClass

We’re halfway through! This week, hear from Chris Yim of UClass.

At UClass, we’re connecting classrooms around the world, to create a generation of students who possess the global competencies necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Through getting feedback from teachers, and a lot of soul-searching at our first annual company retreat at Stinson Beach, we recently repositioned ourselves from a global social network, to a social assignment platform, with an emphasis on peer review. Same global community focus, but specifically uniting students through their involvement in shared assignments. Our platform reduces the time in which teachers find, assign, and give feedback to their students, while also engaging both parties in social interactions.

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Spring 13, Week 4: SunFunder

It’s week 4! Hear from Cindy Nawilis of SunFunder about the company, and what they’ve been up to these past few weeks.

We at SunFunder are a small team fueled by a big mission: to catalyze $1.2 billion into 1500 off-grid solar projects and empower more than 160 million lives. Why? Because 1.3 billion people in the world still live without access to electricity, and 600 million of them have no convenient way to charge their cell phones. And though there are plenty of honorable businesses working in developing countries to deploy affordable, high-quality solar products to off-grid communities, they lack the access to critical financing to reach scale.

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Spring 13, Week 2: 2nd Nature

Every 2 weeks, you’ll hear from one of the founders of our Spring13 cohort companies. They’ll tell you about what they’re working on and what’s been going on in the program so far. First up is Chris Cuellar, Co-Founder of 2ndNature.


We built Arrive to ease the pain of getting around town.  We are believers in access over ownership, especially with respect to cars, and are showing how life in an urban center is possible (and cheaper) without owning a car. By crowdsourcing transit data and connecting a variety of different transit apps, we hope to provide a viable alternative to having a car in the city.

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Announcing our Spring13 Cohort

AgGrow: A stealth-mode startup building technology tools to scale sustainable agriculture

EkoA telehealth company revolutionizing the medical industry by building a mobile electronic stethoscope that connects to smart phones and provides remote diagnosis

NBD NanoA nano-scale surface to enhance water condensation and collect water in the most arid regions of the world.”

SharePracticeA Yelp for doctors to help them identify and understand the most effective clinical treatments based on the success of other doctors, “one million doctors in your pocket.”

SunFunderA crowdfunding platform for off-grid solar projects in the developing world

UClassAn online platform that connects teachers and students to their counterparts around the world to improve social and economic mobility

2nd Nature (aka Arrive): A multi-modal trip planning app for urban transit that incorporates new vehicle sharing networks (Scoot, ZipCar, RelayRides, Zimride, etc.)

SOCAP 2012: Entrepreneurship Gone Global

This year at SOCAP was especially exciting since it gave a special voice to all the intrepid entrepreneurs out there, busy changing the world one idea at a time.

What was also strikingly evident at SOCAP 2012 is exactly how global social entrepreneurship has become! From entrepreneurs to investors and startup incubators to accelerators – there are Latin American, Asian, African, European, and North American voices.

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Hub Ventures Announces Unique Collaboration to Accelerate Human Safety Innovation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and GROSSE POINTE, MI – February 13, 2012 – Hub Ventures (, a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world, today announced an innovative collaboration with Lakeland Ventures Development (LVD) of Grosse Pointe, MI ( Their collaboration will identify and accelerate the growth of startups developing breakthrough products and services that save lives and improve human safety and wellbeing.

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Hub Ventures Joins Global Accelerator Network and Announces Spring 2012 Program

Alliance Fuels the Growth of World-Changing Startups in the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 6, 2012 – Hub Ventures (, the leading startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world, announced that it is now a member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), an alliance championed by TechStars and originally created as part of the White House’s Startup America Initiative. The Global Accelerator Network includes dozens of the strongest and most successful independent startup accelerators from across the United States and around the world. Hub Ventures also announced that it is taking applications for its upcoming Spring 2012 cohort. Entrepreneurs can apply at through March 5.

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Hub Ventures Announces Dates for Spring 2012 Cohort

Entrepreneurs with World-Changing Ideas Encouraged to Apply

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 17, 2012 – Hub Ventures (, a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world, announced that it is taking applications for its upcoming Spring 2012 cohort. The 12-week program will begin on April 16 and conclude with an investor day event during the week of July 9. Entrepreneurs can apply online, and the application deadline is Monday, March 5.

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