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1776 and Axios Partner for the Washington, D.C. Kickoff of the Global Challenge Cup Competition

Axios will be 1776’s official media partner for Challenge Cup D.C., driving the conversation at the intersection of technology, startups, business and politics.

Washington, D.C. – Today, 1776 announced that it will partner with Axios, a media company founded last year, for the first event of its international Challenge Cup competition produced in partnership with Revolution LLC, an investment firm based in D.C. The Challenge Cup seeks to find innovative startups solving the world’s most complex challenges.

Axios covers the intersection of technology, politics and business to deliver what the company calls “smart brevity” – fresh news and expertise on how today’s complexities impact those arenas both inside and outside of the beltway. Axios has reported on how technology is disrupting jobs and shaping the economy across the United States, in which startups play a leading role.

“Smart, influential people are hungry for insight about how to navigate the current climate. The worlds of technology, business, new media and politics are colliding and converging at an accelerating rate, forcing all of us to be smart about all of them at once,” said Jim VandeHei, Co-founder and CEO of Axios. “The Challenge Cup demonstrates how startup ecosystems are affecting this global stage. We’re excited to work with the 1776 team to have these conversations with the entrepreneurs at the heart of the story.”

On Monday, May 22, Axios will join the first Challenge Cup event taking place in Washington, D.C. at 1776’s headquarters campus. Kim Hart, Axios’s technology editor, will lead a conversation with Steve Murray, a partner at Revolution LLC and experienced venture capitalist. Following the discussion, twenty entrepreneurs building startups focused on solutions for complex, regulated industries will take the stage to pitch their ideas to leading investors, business executives and industry experts from across the region.

“Challenge Cup is a movement to bring together complex industries and startup ecosystems building solutions for the challenges these industries face,” said Evan Burfield, Cofounder and CEO at 1776. “Axios not only embodies the spirit of a high-growth company building a business in a complex industry, but also is an ideal media partner because of their critical and expert take on how the worlds of technology, politics, industry and business are impacting one another more than ever before.”

Over the next four months, in partnership with Revolution LLC, the 1776 Challenge Cup, will take place in 75 global cities. In each of these cities, 1776 will partner with a leading local startup program to host a Challenge Cup experience on 1776’s UNION Network, a digital platform that connects startup ecosystems around the world.

The program culminates in the 2017 Challenge Festival, a multi-day event in November taking place at 1776’s newest campus located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

About 1776

1776 is a public benefit corporation that empowers startup ecosystems around the world to solve complex challenges. To accomplish this, we leverage our digital startup network, UNION; physical campuses in Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco and Dubai; a global startup pitch competition, Challenge Cup; and deep staff expertise in regulatory issues. We accelerate connections and outcomes among startups, corporations, and public institutions. For more information, please visit and follow @1776 on Twitter and @1776vc on Instagram.

About Axios

Axios is a media company delivering vital, trustworthy news and analysis in the most efficient, illuminating and shareable ways possible. We offer a mix of original and smartly narrated coverage of media trends, tech, business and politics with expertise, voice and smart brevity — on a new and innovative mobile platform. At Axios — the Greek word for worthy – we provide only content worthy of people’s time attention and trust.  For more information, please visit and follow @axios on Twitter and @axiosnews on Facebook.