Who are the Challenge Cup NYC’s Hottest Showcasing Startups? [POLL]

December 10, 2013

2:44 pm

In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with 1776, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the Challenge Cup – a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities.

On December 11th, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to NYC, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional winners’ spots within their respective category.

Secure your free ticket here!

The winners from each of the 16 events (8 international, 8 within the US) will move onto the final round and with it, the chance to win the $150,00 grand prize.

But we want to know what YOU think!  Weigh in and let us know which of these startups from the event is the hottest by voting in the poll at the bottom of this post!  The winner of the Reader’s Choice Polls from each group will be announced on tech.co on Tuesday, December 17th.

Who is The Challenge Cup NYC’s Hottest Showcasing Startups?

(Polls listed at the bottom of this post)


Exambler  – Online platform for teachers to proctor exams and eliminate cheating.

Admitted.ly – Online college advisory platform that helps students discover their ideal schools and makes recommendations on how to improve their chances of admission.

Open School EduTech Corporation – Student-centered assessment tool that allows teachers to go beyond narrow multiple-choice assessments to give a more authentic picture of the student’s actual learning and permanent record of student achievement that travels with them throughout their school years.

TradeUp – Free adaptive-learning platform that quickly assesses your inventory of skills and identifies areas of improvement; user identifies career of interest, then is run through an adaptive testing experience that will isolate his skill levels and construct personalized curriculum based on career needs.

Ranku – Discovery engine for online degrees from traditional universities like ASU.

Ponder – First “micro-reading response” tool that enables a teacher to quantify how much and how deeply each student is reading.

WealthyLife – Financial literacy mobile software that teaches students how to manage their money better through 20 stages of virtual life in a fantasy game from birth to retirement; developed patent pending technology that enables accurate performance assessments of user’s financial understanding, tracks user’s behavior patterns through virtual gaming and details user’s positive and negative choices that impact net-worth.

Youthful Savings – Provides affordable college planning solutions, small business and startup financial support, and group youth programs that teach entrepreneurship and financial education.

Nutmeg Education – An assessment platform that helps teachers make better tests and quizzes for CommonCore requiremtns.


Divvy – Crowd-funding clean energy.

WATTEVER – Dashboard and powerstrip to provide real time information on energy use patterns.

Simply Grid – Proprietary technology provides on-site, self-service electricity via industry standard charging stations and in-wall outlets to customers who initiate service with their mobile phones.

N2 Global Solutions – Energy optimization products that empower users to monitor and control their energy consumption.

SolarList: Apps that make it insanely easy to switch to solar energy.


Focus Fertility – Suite of services that equips women and their partners with information they need to efficiently navigate the process of fertility treatments, saving them time, money and stress.

INF Robotics, Inc. – Affordable robotic companion designed to assist the elderly.

mHealthy.ME – Location-based social network for doctors and patients to exchange health data.

myHINT – Uses predictive reasoning algorithms to review corporate employees’ health information, identify individual employees who are non-compliant with clinical guidelines, and predict future risks. It then deploys behavioral economics to increase employee utilization in services that can diagnose and treat disease, which leads to a reduction of corporate healthcare costs.

Open Cancer Network (OCN) – Big data analytics platform enabling identification of unusual patterns causing chronic diseases such as cancer.

Ovitz – Eye measurement device that is portable, inexpensive, precise and multifunctional, which optometrists can use to prescribe customized lens for people with unique eyeball shapes and predict related eye diseases; due to its cost efficiency, can distribute it to developing countries where most eye patients are left untreated.

Smart Cities

Soceana – Web-based platform that strategically pairs similarly-minded non-profit with profit companies and their employees for volunteer opportunities, leading to tax write-offs, purposeful branding & synergistic mentorship.

GiveNext – Online dashboard where donors transact and manage their charitable giving in partnership with the causes they care about.

AngelPolitics – The big data & artificial intelligence killer app for political and non-profit fundraising.

Roadify – Aggregates real-time, official information about mass transit conditions with commentary from riders and Twitter into a single cloud-based platform.

Xocracy – Social Media site for quick and easy voting.


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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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