Seven Additional Startups From Six Other Countries Win Prizes
Washington, D.C. – MUrgency Inc., a Dubai-based company that uses the power of mobile technology and networks to create one seamless global emergency response network was named champion of the third annual Challenge Cup global competition and has won $50,000 as a grand prize, 1776 announced tonight.
“MUrgency is a team of experienced founders tackling a giant market opportunity by helping to provide a service to everyone, everywhere that people in the developed world take for granted, specifically the ability to get a prompt response when having a medical emergency,” said Evan Burfield, Cofounder & Co-CEO of 1776. “They serve as a tremendous example of what founders around the world can do when they set their minds to tackling hard problems that really matter.”
Three additional finalists won $25,000 each, including:
- Prima-Temp, Inc. (Boulder, Colorado): Prima-Temp has revolutionized temperature sensing with its personal fertility sensor that continuously tracks a woman’s core body temperature and detects the subtle changes that occur before ovulation and sends her an alert. Effortless, precise, discrete and cost effective, Prima-Temp empowers women to take control of their fertility.
- Shippify (Belo Horizonte, Brazil): Shippify is the operating system for on-demand logistics. As an application programming interface and channel to connect the internet with an efficient community of validated shippers, Shippify wants to be the fastest-growing company in on-demand logistics in Latin America and also become the PayPal for delivery in any e-commerce market.
- Toast (Singapore, Singapore): Toast is a money transfer and bill payment application for unbanked and banked migrant workers on the web and Android. Toast makes it easy to deposit and send funds back to the Philippines from Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
Four more semifinalists won $10,000 each, including:
- Convexum (Tel Aviv, Israel): Convexum is a pioneering cyber company for physical security problems, focusing on commercial drones. The company tackles the problem of uncontrolled or malicious use of commercial drones near or over secured perimeters and protects these areas from various threats such as espionage, airborne chaos and public disorder, smuggling and airwave rights violations.
- E4 Technologies (Islamabad, Pakistan): E4 Technologies is a studio with a passion for developing cutting-edge technology to create profitable gadgets for its customers. Its latest product is a Fitbit for cows, COWLAR, which helps farmers improve dairy herd health, optimize operations and boost milk yields.
- MyPeegu (Bangalore, India): MyPeegu combines psychology and technology by mapping the behaviors of students.
- Noappfee Inc. (Portland, Oregon): Noappfee is a tenant-led generation tool for property management companies. It pulls a renter’s background check and screens it against every vacancy in the state, producing a list of every property they are eligible for in minutes.
***Noappfee also was chosen as the crowd favorite during the final competition and won an additional $10,000.***
“What this week showed is that visionary founders can now build amazing startups that tackle hard, important problems — from anywhere in the world,” said Donna Harris, Cofounder & Co-CEO of 1776. “Our eight global finalists came here from Bangalore, Belo Horizonte, Boulder, Dubai, Islamabad, Portland, Singapore and Tel Aviv.”
The global tournament narrowed a field of more than 3,000 startups from multiple rounds of pitch competitions on six continents from October 2015 through June 2016. In addition to tonight’s awarding of $175,000 in prize money, the 65 startups from 54 cities around the world who competed in the finals will be under consideration for up to $1 million in funding 1776 will invest in select competitors.
To learn more about all of the competitors in the finals, visit www.1776.vc/challenge-cup.
1776 is a public benefit corporation that scouts and funds high-growth startups around the world focused on solving society’s most fundamental challenges in sectors like education, energy, transportation and financial services. Launched by co-CEOs Donna Harris and Evan Burfield and headquartered in Washington, D.C., with additional campuses in Dubai, New York City and San Francisco, 1776 serves hundreds of startups and institutions worldwide through its innovation curriculum, mentorship, investment and programming. It hosts more than 500 international events per year that attract heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs, influential investors and global press. For more information, please visit www.1776.vc and follow @1776 on Twitter and @1776vc on Instagram.