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Challenge Festival 2015’s Two Health Finalists Announced

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It’s day three of the Challenge Festival, and the pressure could not have been more apparent during this evening’s event. Twenty world-changing health entrepreneurs took the stage, pitching their companies for a shot at an initial $50,000 investment, as well as the chance to pitch in Saturday’s Global Finals. Of the 20 founders who pitched, only two startups were selected.

The winners are…

Unima — Unima is a biotechnology startup that developed a fast and low cost diagnostics technology that allows health data collection globally and analytics in real time. Mexico City, Mexico

ReliefWatch — ReliefWatch is an inventory management platform targeted at multinational non-governmental organizations operating health clinics in developing countries. Chicago, Illinois


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.