Meet the Challenge Cup DC Regional Competition Winners!

October 30, 2013

5:01 pm

After two long days of workshops, roundtable discussions, and speaker sessions, the 35 startups selected to compete in 1776’s Challenge Cup DC Regional Competition took to the stage and presented their one-minute pitches to an audience and panel of judges at 1776. The competition was fierce – each startup offering a great idea or product that could very much make waves in their respective industries.

All four winning startups receive a virtual membership with 1776 until May 2014, which gives them access to 1776 mentors, advisers, and programming. They also win travel and hotel expenses for the week-long Global Finals Challenge Cup that will be held in DC in May 2014 – with a chance to win $150,000 and a host of other prizes.


eduCanon – Provides an online learning environment to build and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any YouTube video content (screencasts, Khan Academy, Minute Physics, TED, NOVA, etc.) and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students through time-embedded formative assessments.


Ethical Electric – Ethical Electric powers as many American homes and businesses as possible with 100% clean energy from local, renewable sources like wind and solar. They sell clean energy from local solar and wind farms; not energy from coal, natural gas, nuclear or oil. The company has a simple rule: if you burn it, it isn’t clean. Part of the proceeds from supplying 100% clean energy supports progressive organizations and causes at the direction of Ethical Electric members.


Dorsata – Dorsata is aiming to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of delivering care by providing a centralized platform for clinical pathway development and ultimately EHR implementation. They are developing a system through which clinicians can collaboratively develop, discover, and implement their pathways into their day-to-day workflow of order entry, attempting to bridge the gap between how doctors make clinical decisions and how those decisions map to structured data in the medical record.

Smart Cities

RideScout – RideScout is a smartphone application that aggregates all ground transportation options around a user in real time; the Kayak of ground transportation. The RideScout mobile platform finds information on nearby buses, trains, taxis, and carsharing programs, while also integrating seamlessly with other transportation apps, displaying results on one simple interface. Facebook integration allows for ridesharing and trip planning with friends. Users can quickly sort options by both time and cost.

The Challenge Cup winners

The Challenge Cup winners

DC Mayor Vincent Gray at last night’s pitches

Congratulations to all of the winners, as well as to all of the participants that took part in the DC Regional Competition!

You can find additional coverage from the Challenge Cup DC Regional Competition here and here. The Challenge Cup is produced by 1776 in partnership with Tech Cocktail and iStrategy Labs.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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