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Challenge Cup Transportation & Cities Semifinals


The Challenge Festival is presented by 1776 & Philips.

Many thanks to Cisco, Presenting Sponsor, and The DC Mayor’s Office, a Gold Sponsor of the Transportation & Cities Day during the Challenge Festival. Thanks also to Route50, our Cities Day media sponsor.

1776 traveled the world—from Africa to China to our own backyard—and found the most promising 16 startups revolutionizing transportation and cities. Interested in the hyperconnected, sustainable and safe cities of the future? Or the coolest new transportation technologies that will decrease your commute or long distance travel? 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 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.

There will be bus transportation from the Lansburgh Theatre to the Transportation & Cities  Gala.

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


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