2014年2月28日金曜日

#challengecup San Francisco

1776, a startup incubator based in Washington DC is hosting a global startup event called ChallengeCup.

They've toured the regional competitions in Washington DC, Chicago, Moscow, Berlin, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, London, Austin, Denver, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Beijing, New Delhi and San Francsico. SF is the last stop of the tour and was hosted today. The winners from all of the venues will be invited to the global tournament held in Washington DC in May.



The format of this challenge cup is that the local startups apply, 1776 pre-screens them (in case of SF, they had over 100 applications and narrowed to 22) and on the day of the challenge the startups will have 1 minute each to pitch, judges will select 2 nominees from each category (education, energy, health and smart cities) and those nominees will each have 5 minutes to present, judges have 3 minutes to ask questions and finalists are determined.

Challengecup

Education:

Winner: Uclass is a venture-backed, Common-Core-lesson marketplace that aims to disrupt the curriculum industry. On UClass, both teachers and textbook companies sell their vetted resources in bite-sized formats.

Runner up: K-12Nest is a service to ask questions and collaborate

Energy:

Winner: Enact Systems is a home-energy marketplace that allows you to plan money-saving projects, view live bids from local service providers and financiers in an area, schedule appointments with them and more. enACT partners with major utilities and is now available throughout major cities in California, soon to be expanded in other states.

Runner up: Geli is energy storage and microgrids company

Health:

Winner: ReferralMD is a web application that offers a comprehensive, business-management solution designed to track and monetize health care referrals.

Runner up: Stroll is a tool for doctors to give transparency on care options and procedures for their patients

Smart Cities:

Winner: Handup is a direct donation system for homeless people and others in need in a given neighborhood. With HandUp, users can donate to a specific person via their web profile or SMS, learn about their story and needs and hear updates on their progress.

Runner up: ScootNetworks is shared, electric, smartphone-activated motorscooters


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