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Five Western North America Startups Chosen to Advance to Global Finals in the 1776 Challenge Cup Competition

Winners selected from finalists of eight competitions across the Western United States; win trip to global finals with  $1M in Funding Opportunities


Washington, D.C. and San FranciscoTonight, 1776 announced the five winners from the San Francisco Challenge Cup Regional Finals. These startups, chosen from hundreds of competitors from cities throughout  the Western United States, now move on to represent their communities on the worldwide stage at the Challenge Cup Global Finals in Washington, D.C. taking place in June.

Challenge Cup is an annual global tournament spanning over 50 cities and covering every continent, to find, fund and spotlight highly-scalable startups with potentially transformative solutions our world’s most pressing challenges. Held in partnership with Revolution and Global Entrepreneurship Network, the competition takes place in three levels — local competitions, nine regional finals and the global final to be held in Washington, DC in June 2016. High-growth startups compete for $1 million in cash prizes and funding, media opportunities and curated connections to mentors, corporate partners, policymakers, and potential investors.

Additionally, as part of its strategic partnership with the Challenge Cup, AARP selected one competitor, LeaveLogic, from the San Francisco competition to win an extra $10,000. LeaveLogic will also be able to participate in AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event, focused on health tech and caregiving tech, in San Francisco on April 27.

The San Francisco event showcased both the city’s most compelling startups and the companies that advanced from local competitions held in Austin, Boise, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle. In addition to participating in the pitch event, competing startups also joined a two-day, pop-up accelerator program delivered by the 1776 Co-CEO, industry partners such as AARP, IDB, Philips and AWS,  and other key executives where the entrepreneurs receive pitch coaching and participate in roundtables with industry experts and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

“Whether it’s San Francisco or another community across the United States, entrepreneurs are increasingly building high-growth startups that bring solutions to some of our world’s biggest challenges,” said Evan Burfield, co-founder of 1776. “I’m so pleased that we can give these extraordinary companies an opportunity to present their vision on the global stage and connect to the resources and relationships they need to be successful.”

The winners are as follows:

  • NoAppFee: Noappfee is a tenant-led generation tool for property management companies. pulls a renter’s background check then screens it against every vacancy in the state; producing a list of every property they are eligible for in minutes.
  • Prima Temp: Prima-Temp has revolutionized continuous 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. Effortless, precise, discrete, and cost effective, Prima-Temp empowers women to take control of their fertility.
  • GenZ Technology: GenZ Technology develops precision spray equipment that provides superior crop coverage while virtually eliminating air and soil pollution. GenZ is set on revolutionizing pesticide spray technology by engineering more efficient, cost effective, eco-friendly spraying equipment.
  • vThreat: vThreat platform offers a cost-effective, easy-to-use way for organizations to validate cybersecurity controls. With vThreat app integration, vThreat provides non-malicious adversary simulations.
  • LeaveLogic: LeaveLogic is the first technology platform that makes leave seamless for employees and employers alike. LeaveLogic will save companies up to 63% per leave by allowing employees to self-service leave choices and navigation.

For more information about the Challenge Cup, click here.

About 1776
1776 is a global incubator and seed fund that uncovers promising highly-scalable startups focused on solving the world’s most fundamental challenges and helps engineer their success. 1776 focuses on startups in the most broken, entrenched industries and sectors that impact millions of lives every day – specifically education, energy, health and cities. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., it is sparking a global movement of high-growth startups driving meaningful innovation through its Challenge Cup and Startup Federation, the premiere network of incubators throughout the world. For information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @1776.