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SpotHero, already parked at Excelerate, snares 500 Startups investment

The ten companies participating in Chicago-based tech accelerator Excelerate Labs get to make their formal pitches to investors next Wednesday. That hasn’t stopped one of the participating companies, parking-reservations startup SpotHero, from securing an initial round of funding beforehand from Silicon Valley venture-capital firm 500 Startups. SpotHero met with 500…

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SpotHero Partnership Featured in Crain’s

Parking startup SpotHero launching new partnership SpotHero, a parking-reservations startup that’s one of the participants in this summer’s Excelerate Labs tech-business incubator, is partnering with another local tech business,, in an effort to attract Internet search traffic. The idea is that the new SpotHero-sponsored site will rank high…

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Startup America features 71 lbs

71lbs helps small businesses easily recover the billions left unclaimed in shipping ‘late’ delivery refunds. They have shipped thous ands of packages, negotiated many shipping contracts, and also worked for the major parcel shipping carriers. After many years in the industry, they have become all too familiar with the differences…

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TechCrunch covers Excelerate’s class of 2012

Here is what TechCrunch said about our incoming class this year – by the time Demo Day comes around, they will not only understand what Lasso does, but they will be loving it! Full Article

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Tribune announces the class of 2012

Tech incubator Excelerate names class of 2012 By Wailin WongTribune reporter5:00 a.m. CDT, April 25, 2012 Chicago-based business incubator Excelerate Labs unveiled its third class of startups on Wednesday, announcing a slate of 10 companies that includes international participants. The incubator also said it is moving its three-month program to…

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Wall Street Journal – BabbaCo and WhimseyBox!

Who knew that the Wall Street Journal was so on top of things? The day we announce the new companies for our class of 2012, they ran a great article that included both BabbaCo (class of 2011) and WhimseyBox (class of 2012) – Awesome.

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