We are now accepting Challenge Cup applications through 1776’s UNION network, a digital platform that offers your startup access to pitch-coaching, industry advice, and key connections with the right people to help you scale in your industry. Each applicant will receive access to UNION for the duration of their time in the competition.One winner will be selected from each Challenge Cup Local to compete in the Global Finals at Challenge Festival in New York City. These startups will have the opportunity to share their ideas on a global stage and compete for grand prizes. At Challenge Festival, competing startups will have the opportunity to participate in mentor hours, curriculum and pitch coaching as well as make direct connections to potential funders, clients, experts, and 75 of the top startup peer-founders from around the world.

Today, 1776 announced the kickoff of its fourth annual global Challenge Cup competition that seeks to find innovative startups solving the world’s most complex challenges.

Challenge Cup is presented in partnership with investment firm Revolution, an active champion for the emergence of entrepreneurial communities and startups outside of Silicon Valley.

“The Challenge Cup illustrates that great companies can start and scale anywhere. While talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not and the Challenge Cup is squarely addressing this inequity,” said Steve Case, CEO and Chairman of Revolution LLC and Co-founder of AOL. “Revolution is proud to partner with 1776 again on this effort to provide startups around the world with the tools they need and the attention they deserve.”

Over the next four months, Challenge Cup will take place in 75 global cities, including cities drawn from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest program as well as over 20 US state capitals. 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.

“The Challenge Cup is more than a pitch competition. We are forging partnerships between government officials, institutions, and entrepreneurs tackling complex challenges,” said Evan Burfield, Cofounder and CEO of 1776. “By partnering with Revolution we are reinforcing the networks necessary for startups to solve meaningful problems on a global stage. By hosting the competition on 1776’s UNION network, we are uniting the fragmented global startup ecosystem in this mission.”
Whether it be Twiga Foods in Kenya, Prima-Temp in Boulder or MyPeegu in Bangalore, startups are solving some of our most complex and challenging problems but are often overlooked with respect to venture funding and access to entrepreneurial resources.

“The Challenge Cup afforded me unparalleled access to capital, startup and investor connections, and global exposure,” Grant Brooke, cofounder of Twiga foods and Challenge Cup 2016 winner said. “Startups are the key to solving the world’s biggest problems, and competitions like the Challenge Cup draw attention to solving those problems on a global stage.”

Organization:
1776 and Revolution
Deadline:
Varies
Apply:
https://www.1776.vc/challenge-cup/
More Info:
https://www.1776.vc/challenge-cup/