Hive Colab joins 1776’s UNION Network: 4,000 startups now connected to a network of mentors and investors.

Hive Colab, with 20 other startup programs across five continents have joined 1776’s UNION network, a digital platform that catalyzes innovation by connecting startup ecosystems together around the world.

“This is one of a kind opportunity for Hive Colab to join a cohort of accelerators and incubators around the world. It especially means a lot to be one of two startup incubators in East Africa to be part of this,” said Teddy Ruge, Cofounder, Hive Colab. “Hive Colab is focused on bringing world class programs to our startups, joining 1776’s UNION Network is a major step in that direction”

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This means that over 20 programs representing more than 4,000 startups are now connected to a digital innovation network of mentors, investors, and institutions. In addition to Hive Colab, startup programs joining the Union network include:

  • 36 Degrees North, Tulsa
  • 43North, Buffalo
  • Benjamin’s Desk, Philadelphia
  • Betamore, Baltimore
  • Capital Factory, Austin
  • Domi, Tallahasee
  • Found.Ation, Athens
  • Hive Colab, Kampala
  • iHub, Nairobi
  • i.Lab at UVA, Charlottesville
  • Intersection, Shanghai
  • Invest2Innovate (i2i), Islamabad
  • iSpace, Accra
  • RAMP, Roanoke
  • StartupBlock, Maddison
  • Startup Chile, Santiago
  • Startup Mexico, Mexico City
  • Tampa Bay Wave, Tampa
  • The Brickyard, Ashburn
  • 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 on-boarded, 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.


Hive Colab is an innovation and incubation hub, a collaborative co-working space for Uganda’s business and tech community. Created in 2010, Hive Colab has supported innovators for the last six years and has supported both social and economic development in Uganda through supporting projects, startups and small businesses to create jobs and employ youths, create products and services that are revolutionizing Education, health, agriculture, governance and finance (service delivery in Uganda). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @hivecolab.

About 1776

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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, DC, 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.


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