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Local Portland, USA

Dec 10, 2015 Hosted by PIE

Join promising startups from throughout Oregon and southern Washington for an evening of interesting and innovative ideas. Share your vision.


Each year 1776, a global incubator and venture fund, hosts a worldwide tournament called the Challenge Cup. Together, with our Startup Federation partners, Revolution, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and over 50 incubator hosts around the world, we’ll discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time.

The competition

Startups advance through three rounds: Local, Regional and Global Finals. All of the regional winners and a host of wild cards will be invited to participate in the Challenge Cup Global Finals next June in Washington, D.C. There, they’ll compete for over $1 million in prizes, as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.

Hosted at the OMSI Empirical Theater in Portland, this 1776 Challenge Cup Local competition will feature startups that are providing solutions for: Cities, Education, Energy, Food, Health, Money, Security, and Transportation.


  • 12/14/15 6:00 pm - 12/14/15 6:25 pm Networking
  • 12/14/15 6:30 pm - 12/14/15 6:35 pm Welcome
  • 12/14/15 6:35 pm - 12/14/15 6:45 pm Portland Development Commission
  • 12/14/15 6:45 pm - 12/14/15 8:00 pm 1776 Challenge Cup pitches
  • 12/14/15 8:00 pm - 12/14/15 8:15 pm Judges deliberate
  • 12/14/15 8:15 pm - 12/14/15 8:30 pm Announcement of the 1776 Challenge Cup Local: Portland winning teams

Competing Startups

The following startups will be competing for the honor of representing Portland in the 1776 Challenge Cup Regional competition in San Francisco, California.

1776 Challenge Cup Portland brought to you by the Portland Development Commission

Created by Portland voters in 1958, the Portland Development Commission has been a driving force in Portland’s reputation for vibrancy and livability. As Portland’s urban renewal and economic development agency, PDC focuses on investing in the job creation, innovation and economic opportunity that will transform Portland into one of the world’s most desirable and equitable cities.