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In a previous interview, I profiled Washington, DC startup accelerator 1776. They are one of the DC areas top accelerators and have done a great deal to help the DC startup scene gain national visibility.

1776 began operations barely one year ago and their membership has grown so rapidly that they now host over 200 companies and need to expand their Campus to an additional floor that will officially open on May 19. 

In a sign of their growing success, 1776 recently filed a Notice with the SEC announcing their intention to raise $25 million to make seed investments under the name 1776 Seed Investors, LP. While 1776 have not announced their criteria for making investments yet, they will likely continue to focus on their four key verticals of education; healthcare; energy and "smart cities".

1776 is also in the midst of hosting their "Global Tech Challenge", where startups from around the world will give pitches to the audience and compete to advance. And when I say from around the world, I do mean truly globally, as startups from locales as diverse as Moscow, Tel Aviv, Cape Town, Beijing and many more will be on hand. To learn more about the startups competing in the event, you can check out 1776's complete list with profiles of all 64 startups here. Its a great read, and should really give you a feel for what's happening in a number of non-US and non-Silicon Valley startup scenes. 1776's big event is ongoing right now through Saturday night, May17th, so if you're in the DC area do check out this unique event. Schedule and more details are here.

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