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Challenge Cup Health Semifinals


The Challenge Festival is presented by 1776 & Philips.

Many thanks to MedStar Health, Presenting Sponsor, and American College of Cardiology, Gold Sponsor, of the Health Day during the Challenge Festival.

1776 traveled the world—from Africa to China to our own backyard—and found the most promising 16 startups revolutionizing healthcare, an industry that consumes over 10% of the entire world’s GDP yet is overly complicated and has massive opportunity for improvement through technology.

Interested in how to fix this broken system, whether it be in the US or Africa? Or what’s making it possible for humans to live well into their 100’s? Then join us as these 16 entrepreneurs face off for two $50,000 prizes and a spot to join the rest of the “Elite Eight” for the Global Finals on Saturday, May 16. Consider this your glimpse into the future of health throughout the world and an opportunity to meet the people behind the biggest ideas with global impact.

Meet the 16 competing startups below!


4:00 – 6:00 pm: Startup pitches —Each startup will get 2 minutes to pitch their business, followed by another 2 minutes of questioning by the investor & industry expert judges. Startups will be judged based on how big their potential market is, how much traction they’ve gotten so far, and other factors that evaluate whether the entrepreneur has the idea and the team to scale globally.

6:00 – 6:45 pm: Reception, opportunity to meet startups, and judging

6:45 pm: two Semifinalists Announced

Dress code: Startup friendly

There will be casual food and drink provided.

Location: Lansburgh Theatre – 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005
Cross Streets: E Street NW & 7th Street NW

Parking: Garage Entrance on 8th Street between D and E Streets NW, Cost: $12/day
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red Line) at 7th and G Streets, 2 blocks from the Theatre.

 Want more startup action throughout the week? Join us for our a.m. health conference, or  buy a badge for the whole week!


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