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Challenge Festival: Global Finals


The Challenge Festival is presented by 1776 & Philips

Come to hear pitches from the finalist startups in all categories: Education, Energy & Sustainability, Health, and Transportation & Cities. You’ll listen to the most compelling businesses that we heard during our 16 city global tour. You won’t want to miss this!

Saturday Global Finals & Closing Party (5 p.m. @ Shakespeare Theatre’s Harman Hall) features:

  • The ultimate competition to decide who will take home the Challenge Cup title and win $150,000 in investment! After almost 8 months of traveling the world, 9 startups have made it to the final round!
  • The chance to cast YOUR vote in the Audience Favorite Lightning Round – all 80 startups from around the world will give their “1 minute” pitch. The winning startup gets a $10,000 cash prize!
  • Followed by the Closing Party, which includes a cocktail lounge, beer & wine, snacks, and music!

Remember: Doors open 30 minutes before programming starts. Come early, grab your seat and enjoy some refreshments on us.


LearnLux — LearnLux creates online learning tools to teach people personal finance when they need it most. The company allows companies to empower their employees to become financially autonomous by giving them the skills and knowledge they need to make the best financial decisions. Boston, Massachusetts

Cognotion — Cognotion identifies talent, delivers functional utilization of knowledge, and decreases employee churn rate using gaming and video tools designed for entry-level millennials. They use emotion and context to teach hard and soft skills to entry level employees. New York, New York

Handsfree Learning — Handsfree helps students, teachers & institutions in learn-by-doing disciplines by supporting instruction, practice, assessment & feedback. San Francisco, California


Radiator Labs — Radiator Labs takes old, wasteful buildings and, via a unique patent-pending product offering, improves their heating efficiencies up to LEED standard levels. Brooklyn, New York

BaseTrace — BaseTrace provides DNA-based tracers that can show where industrial fluids are going in large, complex environments. Triangle Park, North Carolina


Unima — Unima is a biotechnology startup that developed a fast and low cost diagnostics technology that allows health data collection globally and analytics in real time. Mexico City, Mexico

ReliefWatch — ReliefWatch is an inventory management platform targeted at multinational non-governmental organizations operating health clinics in developing countries. Chicago, Illinois

Transportation & Cities

NeoKenya — NeoKenya has created a market solution to solve the problem of rising food prices across Africa. Its solution, Twiga, offers farmers a formal guaranteed prices, handles the produce with care to eliminate loss and delivers directly to thousands of independent kiosks. Nairobi, Kenya

EverCharge — 26.7 percent of americans live in multifamily households in the U.S. and do not have the ability to charge an electric vehicle. As EV adoption rates are shooting through the roof, a massive opportunity is created for a product that empowers this demographic. San Francisco, California

Location: Harman Center – 610 F Street NW
Cross Streets: F Street NW & 6th Street NW

Closest Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red Line
Parking: Garage Entrance on 6th Street between E Street NW & F Street NW, Cost $16

Register to attend