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Meet the Challenge Festival Transportation & Cities Semifinalists!

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Morgan Gress

Director of Digital & Brand Strategy, 1776
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It’s the last day of semifinals, and the heat couldn’t be any higher! We announced the cities and transportation finalists this evening; these winners pitched against 18 other startups and emerged on top. The finalists receive an initial $50,000 investment, as well as the opportunity to pitch in Saturday’s Global Finals for a shot at an additional $100,000.

The winners are…

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

Challenge Festival is the culmination Challenge Cup, a 16-city, 11-country international pitch competition. The purpose is to identify the most promising startups in education, energy & sustainability, health and transportation & cities. 1776 identified four startups per city to make their way to Washington, D.C. for the Challenge Festival, where they are competing for the grand prize.

Each day of the Challenge Festival features an industry-specific semifinal to identify two startups per industry to advance to Saturday’s Global Finals. Find out who won today’s energy semifinals below—and be sure to see them pitch again in the Global Finals by grabbing your ticket here.

Since October 2014, 1776 has been traveling the globe in search of the most promising startups. By the end of Challenge Cup the event will have gone to 11 countries. In May the winning startups from each city compete in the Challenge Festival in Washington, D.C. for over $650,000 in prizes. 

Morgan Gress Headshot

Morgan Gress

Director of Digital & Brand Strategy, 1776

Morgan Gress is the Director of Digital & Brand at 1776 where she drives the organization's digital, marketing and brand efforts — strategizing on how best to a create mission-driven marketing strategy and…

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