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Announcing the Three Challenge Festival Education Semifinal Winners

Challenge Festival 1776

It’s day one of the Challenge Festival, and it’s time to find out which education startup has moved on for the chance to compete for their share of $650,000 in prizes!

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 education semifinal below and be sure to see them pitch in the Global Finals by grabbing your ticket here.

Congratulations to today’s THREE education winners! It was such a tough decision the judges couldn’t just choose just two. Meet the three headed to Saturday’s Global Finals below.

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. By applying a range of hardware and software solutions to the process of technical skills acquisition, the Handsfree platform expands possibilities in subjects like dentistry, medicine, culinary arts, fine arts, cosmetology, and lab sciences. San Francisco, California

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.