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

February 26, 2014

4:40 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 February 27th, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to San Francisco, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional winners’ spots within their respective category.

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 Thursday, March 6th.

Who is The Challenge Cup San Francisco’s Hottest Showcasing Startup?

(Polls listed at the bottom of this post)


Demonstranda – Demonstranda is a new social media site designed to connect students and educators, making learning and online collaboration both social and fun. Demonstranda takes collaboration further by providing users with simple to use productivity tools that keep the focus on learning.

 UClass – 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.

 DMMSI – DMMSI is a women-owned small business providing STEM Education Programs to inner-city youth and STEM education resources to K-12 educators. With so much funding being taken out of our nation’s education system, the task falls on businesses and the private sector to supply new technologies that will improve the tools our educators use and create new ways to expand our youth’s learning.

K-12 Nest – K-12 Nest is a platform for educators, students and parents to discover e-books, OERs, websites and mobile apps that work with the strength and the pace of a student.

Project Siembra – Siembra connects with Latino students where they live. Siembra is building a culturally relevant platform and set of applications to virtually connect counselors with Latino students, while moving these trusted advisors into the 21st century to help make a difference.

TRAIL – TRAIL is an online, education company dedicated to bringing people their first experience with the Internet. TRAIL partners with libraries, schools, social services offices, workforce development centers and other trusted public institutions to offer its courses and features online for free. TRAIL’s platforms, JobScout and HealthScout, allow thousands of learners to become Internet savvy. With users in over 12 countries, TRAIL is on its way to becoming the “first stop” on the Internet.



Ambercycle – Ambercycle makes plastic recycling profitable and sustainable by using synthetic biology to engineer custom-tailored organisms that can degrade plastics into its basic building blocks, which can be sold in the world commodity market or directly to consumer-product companies seeking sustainably sourced materials.

American Green Energy Systems – This new-age clean energy generator allows customers to reduce their electricity cost while also drastically reducing their carbon foot print. American Green Energy Systems uses a method of electricity amplification achieved through water-pressure electrolysis.

Solfice Research – Solfice Train Vision is a remote-sensing-based approach to positive train control, wherein the sensors reside on the train as it travels along the track. This enables the train to obtain context without relying on signaling equipment.

Enact Systems – enACT 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.



Lazysugar – lazysugar helps diabetics improve blood sugar management by making it fun. Think foursquare + Google Analytics + FitBit for diabetics. lazysugar rewards blood sugar improvements and earning points and fits into the daily routine of a diabetic patient.

Mevoked – Mevoked is an analytics platform that correlates online and mobile behavior to mental-health wellness. Our first product is a parental app. Essentially it is a smarter parental control panel built on a behavioral analytics platform.

Stroll – Stroll is a mobile health application that facilitates patient-physician shared decision making. Stroll surfaces optimal cost and location information for routine treatments—and does so right in the doctor’s office.

Regdy – Regdy is a web platform that enables visibility to all approved medical devices country-by-country.

Wildflower – Wildflower Health brings mobile engagement to health care for enterprises and consumers. Wildflower offers a rules-based mobile program and predictive analytics, integrated with health plan and employer programs to give their members a more personalized, highly actionable experience.

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



BoosterPro – BoosterPro is a powerful online community management and fundraising platform built to meet the unique needs of local, volunteer-based organizations.

GivePulse – GivePulse is a community that matches individuals and groups to agencies that want to build memberships around service and social responsibility. In the same way Airbnb connects guests with hosts, GivePulse matches givers to causes.

HandUp – 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.

Bikefrastructure – The SmartRack is an easy-to-use, high-security, short-term universal bicycle parking and reservation system. The SmartRack consists of three features: a high-security design; a data collection system; and a software application using that data to drive a real-time parking location and reservation system, theft and tampering alerts and a data analytics dashboard and management tools for strategic partners.

Scoot Networks – Using Scoot users can make 30 mile-per-hour, one-way trips between any Scoot location in the city, riding an electric motorscooter activated by smartphone. No motorcycle license needed.

Neighborland – Neighborland is a web-based platform that empowers organizations to collaborate with residents on local issues. Neighborland also provides organizations with a set of real-world design tools to engage residents in public spaces and at events.


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As the Events Director for Tech.Co, Kimberly Blackburn fulfills her passion for entrepreneurship and desire to help connect and foster the entrepreneurship world through creating memorable and constructive networking events, all around the country. For the past 6 years, Kimberly has planned over 400 events, building startup communities, connecting startups with investors and fostering innovation. Prior to her role at Tech.Co, Kimberly also worked as the Marketing and Training Coordinator for the Maryland Small Business Development Center. At the SBDC she coordinated over 70 training workshops a year for small businesses in the DC Metro area. She was also the Events Coordinator at Lendio, Inc., a financial services company in Salt Lake City, where she coordinated 80+ networking and pitching events for investors and entrepreneurs across the U.S. Kimberly is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU) with a Bachelors degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. At BYU she helped found two successful businesses as well implement a sustainable business model for a local orphanage in Ghana. Besides her passion for entrepreneurship, Kimberly loves trying new things in the kitchen, traveling pretty much anywhere and getting in touch with her crafty side.

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