Four Startups Win Austin Challenge Cup, Prepare for DC

February 6, 2015

5:30 pm

Last night Capital Factory in Austin, Texas hosted 1776 when they came through town on their 2015 Challenge Cup Tour. In total four startups were announced winners, one in each category of Education, Energy & Sustainability, Health, and Transportation & Cities.

The roster of showcasing startups presented both good ideas and a stalwart confidence in the successes of the Austin tech ecosystem. Each of the four winning startups will go on to compete at the Challenge Festival in May, standing off with the winners from every other local Challenge Cup.

“Austin has become a leading hub for innovators who are leveraging their creativity to drive positive change in complex, entrenched industries,” says Evan Burfield, cofounder of 1776. “We’re proud of the extraordinary talent and innovation displayed, demonstrating once again that great ideas with the potential to reshape our world are emerging outside Silicon Valley—and that Austin is a place where groundbreaking ideas are growing and flourishing.”

After departing Austin, 1776 will be visiting Mexico City, Boston, Berlin, Dublin, and San Francisco. Austin’s chosen four startups are:

  • Education: PenPal Schools connects over 50,000 students from about 60 countries to discover other cultures, learn about global issues, and practice foreign languages through 1-1 online exchanges.
  • Energy & Sustainability: Lucelo Technology’s mission is to put electrical power in places where it currently does not exist with low-cost printable solar cells. The startup’s goal is to turn every day plastic, paper, and fabric media into readily accessible micro power grids by either directly printing or mounting pre-fabricated ultra-flexible printed solar cells.
  • Health: Keet Software is a HIPAA-compliant patient engagement platform for physical therapy that transforms traditional paper-based therapy programs into branded and tracked web-based mobile applications. The system was designed from the ground up to increase patient satisfaction, improve outcomes, and lower the overall cost of physical therapy.
  • Transportation & Cities: StormPins is a social weather and breaking news platform that connects cities with TV media, police, fire and emergency managers. Users drop pins and submit videos to show the locations of fallen trees and other weather incidents, and StormPins then sells the information to TV stations.

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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