5 female entrepreneurs pitch their startups, 'Shark Tank'-style [Startup Roundup] - Technical.ly Delaware

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5 female entrepreneurs pitch their startups, ‘Shark Tank’-style [Startup Roundup]

Plus: seven Delaware libraries open technology spaces with 3D printers, cameras and more.

Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden, left, speaking at a Great Dames event.

(Photo by Paul Pruitt)

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WHO’S GETTING BUZZ

Morgan Berman, who recently pitched at the Forbes Under 30 summit, pitched MilkCrate, a smartphone app that lists sustainable businesses, during a version of “Shark Tank” in Greenville, Del., hosted by Great Dames Inc. The News Journal report said organizers selected five finalists from a pool of 41 applicants. The winner will receive $25,000. Other entrepreneurs who presented include: Molly Hayward of Cora, which sells organic menstrual products each month and donates products to girls overseas; Jennifer Kmeic of Middletown, Del., discussed her “Inspiring Women in STEM” program; Barbara Doyne of Malvern, Pa., talked about “5 Star Women,” an organization to raise awareness of female veterans; and Tanya N. Whye of Wilmington, who discussed Delaware Green Mattress Disassembling & Recycling. Winners will be announced on Nov. 10.

Green Car Reports recently reported on the University of Delaware’s “vehicle to grid” program, which converts cars from gas to electric. We featured a story on the facility last month. The “grid on wheels” program taps a handful of industry partners. The unique system both provides energy for an electric car fleet and provides the grid itself with a new energy-storage resource. Read Green Car Report’s story here. The Wall Street Journal also featured a story on the initiative last month, as well — read that here.

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A 19-year-old student from Delaware, according to the BBC, spent two years building a virtual world in Minecraft, the video game. He spent about five hours a week for two years on the project. The BBC reports that Microsoft recently agreed to purchase Minecraft studio Mojang for $2.5 billion.

Libraries in Delaware, WHYY reports, are now offering technology spaces — users can utilize a 3D printer or dabble with design and coding software. These “inspiration spaces” were launched at seven state libraries. The Adobe Suite is available, as are DSLR cameras, tablets, green screens and more. These technology spaces are available at the following libraries: Dover, Georgetown, Laurel, Lewes, Milton, Wilmington, and Woodlawn.

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