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Austin tech accelerator DivInc gets new home at Capital Factory, set to assist new crop of startups

DivInc, an accelerator for women and ethnically diverse startup founders, is launching its second cohort and moving to a new home at Capital Factory. The Austin nonprofit held its first 12-week program last fall at co-working space Galvanize, with...

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Two Austin startups, Rap Charge and JumpStart Charging, focus on upping the power-station game

Remember when there were two disaster-themed movies coming to theaters, “Volcano” and “Dante’s Peak?” How about “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact?” Or for a more recent example, that time there was an FX docu-series, “American Crime Story: The People...

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Austin e-commerce startup Dosh raises $2 million to launch service

An Austin startup that says it can get you cash back on debit and credit card purchases has raised $2 million to launch its service. Dosh, founded a year ago, is preparing to release its free app, which it says finds cash and deals for consumers when...

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Five Austin startups that stood out during SXSW

For startups, the South by Southwest conference can be the ideal place to launch, meet investors or gain new customers. And as a bonus for Austin companies, it’s right here in their backyard, so no pricey plane tickets or hotel rooms needed.  After...

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Capital Factory and Moovel team up to launch a transportation-focused tech accelerator 

Austin’s Capital Factory and mobile transit tech company Moovel North America are teaming up to create an accelerator for transportation-related startups. MobilityX will focus on mentoring new mobility-as-a-service companies and bringing innovative...

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Austin startup TurnKey Vacation Rentals lands $21 million for expansion

A year ago, Austin’s TurnKey Vacation Rentals raised $10 million to expand its vacation rental management service. Today, after a year of fast growth, the startup will announce it has raised an additional $21 million. Founded in 2013, TurnKey provides...

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What we learned about Austin’s ride-hailing options by testing six of Austin’s ride-hailing apps

Usually an out-of-town guest wants to know where to go for the best tacos or barbecue in Austin.  But lately the No. 1 question is from tourists is “Which ride-hailing app should I use?” We understand their confusion. After ride-hailing juggernauts...

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Austin’s Next Coast Ventures launches an $85 million fund to invest in startups

Good news for Austin entrepreneurs: Next Coast Ventures has closed on an $85 million fund to invest in startups. The new firm, founded by two technology industry veterans, plans to do 20 to 30 deals, with up to three-quarters of them in Central Texas...

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Ride-hail company InstaRyde will miss SXSW, is offline in Austin (Updated)

(Updated, see below) One of the Austin ride-hailing companies that swooped in to fill the void left by Uber and Lyft last year is no longer operating in Austin, at least for the time being. InstaRyde, which is based in Canada and began servicing Austin...

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Are Austin startups falling behind in the venture capital race?

When veteran entrepreneur Brett Hurt set out to raise millions in venture capital for his startup, data.world, he knew he would need to look outside Austin to get the deal done. Hurt ended up closing on $19 million this month, bringing the total his...

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