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Judges Unveil D.C. Challenge Cup Winners

The Challenge Cup kicked off its second year tonight with a hotly contested showdown in the nation’s capital.

It was a crowded scene at 1776’s campus, as nearly 40 D.C.-based startups presented their ideas in the fields of education, energy, health and smart cities. Their pitches followed a day of networking, round tables and coaching. Then it was down to the pitching. Round one gave company founders a minute apiece to distill their concepts to the crowd. During round two the finalists had five minutes to delve further into their ventures and fire back answers to questions from the judges.

The four winning startups, selected from this process, are:

EdBacker – PTA made Easy. EdBacker is an online platform made specifically for PTA’s to easily setup and run fundraisers, communicate with members, collect dues and so much more with just a few clicks from your computer or mobile phone.

BaseTrace – Provides DNA-based tracers that can show where industrial fluids are going in large, complex environments.

1EQ – The first clinical, mobile prescription in prenatal care. It uses Internet of things technologies to remotely monitor pregnancies.

Local Roots Farms – A cost-effective urban indoor farming system that can grow produce year-round using hydroponics.

Congratulations to the winners!

View the complete list of judges and mentors here.

D.C. is just the first stop on the Challenge Cup road. Over the next six months, 1776 will travel to 16 different global cities in search of innovative companies. The four D.C. regional champions will join the winners from all of these other competitions back in D.C. in May for the Challenge Festival.

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