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A worldwide tournament for the most promising, world-changing startups to win prizes, make connections, and share their vision on a global stage. Learn more to host or compete in Challenge Cup 2017!

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What Is Challenge Cup?

Challenge Cup is a worldwide tournament for the most promising, world-changing startups to win prizes, make connections, and share their vision on a global stage hosted by 1776, a global innovation network. Together with over 50 hubs around the world, we’ll discover the most promising, highly scalable startups poised to solve challenges across critical industries and harness emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, automation, and more. 

Over 50 hubs will host a qualifying round pitch competition to identify one winner that will advance with a free trip to the global final round, which will take place at Challenge Festival during fall 2017. There, the finalists will compete for the grand 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 is much more than a competition — it’s a movement of startups bringing world-changing ideas to life.

Why 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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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