Challenge Cup is an annual worldwide tournament for the most promising startups to win cash prizes, make international connections and share their vision on a global stage. The competition is initiated by 1776 a US-based global incubator and seed fund, which is building a global community to provide the intellectual, social and financial capital these startups to succeed.
The tournament is organized by 45 hubs on local level, then in 9 regions, from where the winners will proceed to the global event in Washington D.C. The local competition in Boston is hosted by Innovation Nights, a grass roots innovation community that helps local entrepreneurs and innovators get more visibility through a series of product launch events. The event will take place at Greentown Labs, a cleantech hardware start up incubator in Somerville, on January 26, 2016.
Winners of the Boston area local competition will advance to the Eastern North America regional competition in New York City in March 2016. Regional winners will compete for $1 million in cash prizes and funding at the global finals in Washington, D.C. in June 2016.
- 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Doors Open
- 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm Welcoming Remarks
- 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm 2-minute pitches followed by 1 minute of Judge Q&A
- 7:45 pm - 8:15 pm Judges Deliberation & Networking
- 8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Winners Announced
- 8:30 pm - 8:45 pm Competition Concludes
Local Sponsors and Partcipating Organizations
Many thanks to our Sponsors and Participating Organizations for the 1776 Challenge Cup Boston:
Platinum Sponsor -- Autodesk
Event Sponsor -- TriNet
Participating Organizations -- Greentown Labs, Venture Cafe, The Capital Network, Greenhorn Connect, Tech Hub Boston, Learn Launch
Food & Beverage Sponsors -- Jules Catering, Dave's Fresh Pasta, Aeronaut Brewing Company
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.