Apply to the Challenge Cup

Are you a startup that wants to change the world? The Challenge Cup is a global competition in 16 cities across the world to identify and celebrate the most promising startups tackling the biggest challenges.

The competition will center on startups innovating in four primary categories: education, health, energy, and smart cities. Questions? See the FAQ or application eligibility & rules.

The Benefits

Regional Competition Benefits

  • Mentorship2-day pop up accelerator to meet one-on-one with executives, investors, and entrepreneurs.
  • CommunityBuild ties with growing startups in your region.
  • PromotionSignificant PR & marketing.
  • TravelRegional competition winners will receive a free 1 week trip to Washington, D.C. for the Challenge Cup Final Tournament in May 2014.
  • 1776 Virtual MembershipRegional competition winners will receive a 1776 virtual membership that provides support from 1776 mentors, advisers, and programming until May 2014.

Final Competition Benefits

  • Mentorship5-day program including workshops and one-on-one meetings with executives, investors, and entrepreneurs.
  • CommunityBuild ties with growing startups from around the world.
  • PromotionSignificant PR & marketing.
  • CapitalThe top category winners will each receive a $100,000 prize. The runners-up will each receive a $50,000 prize. The Challenge Cup overall winner will receive a $150,000 prize. All prizes come in the form of an investment from 1776.

Regional Competions