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1776 Announces Partners for Challenge Cup Global Finals

Large organizations to participate and collaborate with startups from across the globe.

Washington, DC – Today, 1776 announced a diverse collection of partners for the 2018 Challenge Cup Global Finals. The partners, ranging from Comcast and Amazon Web Services to startup organizations and local governments, join 1776 and Revolution, the Washington DC-based investment firm, for the culmination of the 75-city startup tournament in March.

Challenge Cup is a global tournament, this year being hosted by incubators and startup hubs in 75 cities worldwide. Startups advanced through two rounds of competition with twenty finalists selected to fly to Washington, DC to participate in the Global Finals in March 2018. At Global Finals, startups will compete for a chance to win an investment prize of $100,000 from Revolution. They will also have a full schedule of tailored programming throughout the days leading up to the competition to make key connections, speak with industry leaders and other experts that can help them succeed in building a global startup.

“Startups and large organizations no longer operate in silos. Our partners recognize this and we’re pleased to further their commitment to work with us and the startups through the Challenge Cup as a part of their commitment to new ideas and fostering entrepreneurs,” said Evan Burfield, Cofounder and Chairman at 1776.

Joining 1776 and its global partner, Revolution, are a range of corporations, governments and organizations that each bring a unique perspective, set of resources and networks to support the participants:


3Pillar Global — As the Challenge Cup Technology Partner, 3Pillar used its in-house expertise to build the voting system that enabled virtual semi-finals and will allow the audience to vote for the fan favorite winner at Global Finals on March 22nd.

Accenture — Accenture brings many areas of industry expertise from their various practice areas and will provide mentors and resources to the finalists throughout the programming week.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) – AWS will provide winners of the competitions with AWS credits that can be used on eligible cloud services to help the companies innovate using cloud technology. AWS will also host a dinner to celebrate the intersection of Government and Technology and provide a judge for Global Finals.

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield — CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield will engage with health experts to provide guidance to the competing companies as well as serve as a virtual judge during the competition and in person for the Global Finals.

Comcast — Comcast will host the top twenty startups for an opening dinner to kick-off the start of their Global Finals experience.

Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) – GEN supports startups around the world through its vast programming options and has supported the 75 Challenge Cup local competitions with industry expertise and connections from its network.

HiMSS — HiMSS will provide mentors and health experts for programming sessions throughout the week.

Washington DC Economic Partnership — As part of their mission to foster entrepreneurship, we are excited to announce their support of this Global Competition and engagement with the city.

Uber — As a leader in the transportation space and an innovative technology company, Uber brings an established entrepreneurial perspective to the Global Finals.

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh — URA Pittsburgh supports startups in the Pittsburgh region, focusing on rebuilding and innovating the city. URA hosted Challenge Cup Pittsburgh and continues to support startups interested in expanding into Pittsburgh.

Virginia Tech — Virginia Tech is committed to instilling entrepreneurship in their students and giving them the tools to create, grow, and scale new businesses. Virginia Tech has been a long time supporter of Challenge Cup and its overall mission and support of entrepreneurs.


Challenge Cup Global Finals partners support the program through mentoring the competing entrepreneurs, providing industry-expertise and participating in the tournament judging process.

Global Finals will take place at The Anthem, a new venue on Washington, D.C.’s redeveloped Wharf, on March 22, 2018.For additional details on the Challenge Cup Global Finals, including how to RSVP, visit the program’s website here.

About 1776

1776 is the Northeast corridor’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators with 11 campuses in 4 states and the District of Columbia. We are a next-generation incubator serving a community of bold entrepreneurs and companies impacting their ecosystems. For more information, please visit: or follow us on Twitter @1776.


Morgan Gress