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A worldwide tournament for the most promising, world-changing startups to win cash prizes, make international connections and share their vision on a global stage.

#1776Challenge

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What Is the Challenge Cup?

Each year 1776, a global incubator and venture fund, hosts a worldwide tournament called the Challenge Cup. Together, with our Startup Federation partners, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and incubator hosts around the world, we’ll discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time.

Startups advance through three rounds: Local, Regional and Global Finals. All of the regional winners and a host of wild cards will be invited to participate in the Challenge Cup Global Finals next June in Washington, D.C. There, they’ll compete for over $1 million in prizes, as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.

  • Challenge Cup Local

    This year, 1776 has dramatically expanded the Challenge Cup so more startups from more places can participate!

    Through our new partnership with GEN, 45 cities across the globe will host their own Challenge Cup Local competitions. At each of these events, local judges will select three winners that will advance and be flown to one of 9 Challenge Cup Regional competitions.

  • Challenge Cup Regional

    From those 45 Challenge Cup Local cities, winners will advance to participate in 9 Challenge Cup Regional competitions throughout the globe. Competing startups at these events will be a mix of Challenge Cup Local winners and wildcard startups selected directly from the Challenge Cup Regional city.

    From each Regional round, the judges will select five winners who will be flown to compete in the Challenge Cup Global Finals in Washington, D.C. in June 2016.

  • Challenge Cup Global

    The Challenge Cup culminates at the weeklong Challenge Cup Global Finals. Taking place in June 2016 in Washington, D.C., startups from around the world will not only compete for the grand prize of $175,000 in cash and up to $1,000,000 in investment, but they have a week to attend tailored workshops and personalized meetings with customers, partners, and investors to help them grow their companies.

This year, 1776 has dramatically expanded the Challenge Cup so more startups from more places can participate!

Through our new partnership with GEN, 45 cities across the globe will host their own Challenge Cup Local competitions. At each of these events, local judges will select three winners that will advance and be flown to one of 9 Challenge Cup Regional competitions.

From those 45 Challenge Cup Local cities, winners will advance to participate in 9 Challenge Cup Regional competitions throughout the globe. Competing startups at these events will be a mix of Challenge Cup Local winners and wildcard startups selected directly from the Challenge Cup Regional city.

From each Regional round, the judges will select five winners who will be flown to compete in the Challenge Cup Global Finals in Washington, D.C. in June 2016.

The Challenge Cup culminates at the weeklong Challenge Cup Global Finals. Taking place in June 2016 in Washington, D.C., startups from around the world will not only compete for the grand prize of $175,000 in cash and up to $1,000,000 in investment, but they have a week to attend tailored workshops and personalized meetings with customers, partners, and investors to help them grow their companies.

9 Regions

The Challenge Cup consists of 45 Local competitions, 9 Regional competitions and 1 Global Final. In every region there will be 5 Local city competitions and 1 Regional competition. Below are the 9 regions the Challenge Cup will take place in. Find out where the nearest competition to you is and make sure to RSVP!

2015 Challenge Cup Champions & Winners

At 1776, we believe entrepreneurs have the power to change the world. Come join us and others like you who are dedicating their entrepreneurial journey to the industries that matter most to our lives — education, energy, health, transportation, food and more.

Challenge Cup is much more than a competition — it’s a movement of startups bringing world-changing ideas to life.

What do our competing startups have to say?

Be a part of a global community of startups changing the world in industries that matter. It’s more than a competition, it’s an opportunity to get the connections and resources you need to really drive transformation and scale your company in complicated industries like education, energy & sustainability, transportation, cyber and more.

The amount of time it would take you by yourself to make the number of connections made in this one space would take years.

Joe Parisi, Guard Llama, 2015 Competing Startup  

Partners

Our partners are part of this global convening of the entrepreneurs innovating in industries that matter like education, energy, health, transportation, money and more. They are an integral part of the Challenge Cup, from mentoring world-changing startups to judging the finalists. This is more than a unique brand opportunity. It’s a front row seat to the inspiring innovation happening around the globe today.

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Upcoming event:

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