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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, Revolution, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and over 50 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

    The Challenge Cup continues to expand so more startups from more places can participate!

    More than 50 cities across the globe will host their own Challenge Cup Local competitions. At each of these events, local judges will select two winners that will advance to one of nine Challenge Cup Regional competitions.

  • Challenge Cup Regional

    From those 45 Challenge Cup Local cities, winners will advance to participate in nine Challenge Cup Regional competitions around the globe.

    From each Regional round, the judges will select five winners who will compete in the Challenge Cup Global Finals in Washington, D.C. in June 2017.

  • Challenge Cup Global

    The Challenge Cup culminates at the weeklong Challenge Cup Global Finals. Taking place in June 2017 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.

The Challenge Cup continues to expand so more startups from more places can participate!

More than 50 cities across the globe will host their own Challenge Cup Local competitions. At each of these events, local judges will select two winners that will advance to one of nine Challenge Cup Regional competitions.

From those 45 Challenge Cup Local cities, winners will advance to participate in nine Challenge Cup Regional competitions around the globe.

From each Regional round, the judges will select five winners who will compete in the Challenge Cup Global Finals in Washington, D.C. in June 2017.

Challenge Cup Global Finals

The Challenge Cup culminates at the weeklong Challenge Cup Global Finals. Taking place in June 2017 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!

Local
Regional
Global
  • Eastern North America
  • Eastern Mediterranean / Europe
  • Africa
  • Western North America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Asia
  • Latin America
  • Middle East / North Africa
  • India/SE Asia/Oceania
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2016 Challenge Cup Champion & Finalists

At 1776, we believe entrepreneurs have the power to change the world. Join us and others like you, who are dedicating their entrepreneurial journeys 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.

Prima-Temp, Inc., 2016 Challenge Cup Global Finalist

Boulder, CO-based Prima-Temp has revolutionized temperature sensing with its personal fertility sensor that continuously tracks a woman’s core body temperature and detects the subtle changes that occur before ovulation and sends her an alert. Effortless, precise, discrete and cost effective, Prima-Temp empowers women to take control of their fertility.

Check out Prima-Temp

Shippify, 2016 Challenge Cup Global Finalist

Shippify — based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil — is the operating system for on-demand logistics. As an application programming interface and channel to connect the internet with an efficient community of validated shippers, Shippify wants to be the fastest-growing company in on-demand logistics in Latin America and also become the PayPal for delivery in any e-commerce market.

Check out Shippify

Toast, 2016 Challenge Cup Global Finalist

Singapore-based Toast is a money transfer and bill payment application for unbanked and banked migrant workers on the web and Android. Toast makes it easy to deposit and send funds back to the Philippines from Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Check out Toast

What is the value of Challenge Cup?

Be a part of a global community of startups changing the world in industries that matter. Challenge Cup is 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, security and more.

The last few months have been all about learning from other entrepreneurs, from the mentors, from people at 1776, and what I take with me is the experience, which will make us succeed in the future.

Sweta Mandal, MUrgency, 2016 Challenge Cup Champion

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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