May 16, 2014
After going through four competitions in the categories of education, energy, health, and smart cities, 64 startups from 16 cities around the world have made it through the semifinal round in 1776’s Challenge Cup competition. Throughout the week, Tech Cocktail has covered the results from each of the semifinal competitions, and we’re happy to report that all eight finalists have finally been chosen to compete at Saturday’s Global Finals!
To recap: On Monday, DC’s eduCanon and Tel Aviv’s Lingua.ly won the Education Semifinals. The next evening, the judges had some surprising news when they revealed to the audience that not only did WaterLens and Plugsurfing win the Energy Semfinals, but Ethical Electric and Khaya Power received honorable mentions as well. On Wednesday, the Health Semifinals were won by CancerIQ and MediSafe. And, yesterday, HandUp and Mellowcabs left the Smart Cities Semifinals as winners, with Reaction leaving with an honorable mention.
At Global Finals, these Elite 8 will compete for the grand prize of $150,000. But if that weren’t enough, if you didn’t get a chance to hear pitches from any of the 64 startups, you’ll get the opportunity to do so at Global Finals: Each startup will present a one-minute pitch during the first hour of the competition. After these pitches, you (as part of the crowd) will get the opportunity to vote on your favorite startup, granting the crowd favorite a cash prize of $2,500.
But, before voting at Saturday’s Global Finals (or if you can’t make it), we’d like to know who you, our readers, think is the Challenge Cup’s hottest Elite 8 startup. Vote below! Voting will be open until the the Global Finals competition on May 17.
Who is The Challenge Cup’s Hottest Elite 8 Startup?
eduCanon (Washington, DC) – eduCanon is an online learning environment to build and share interactive video lessons. The eduCanon platform incorporates teaching pedagogy and the best practices of online video environments, planned learning routes, formative assessments and personalization.
Lingua.ly (Tel Aviv, Israel) – Lingua.ly takes a new approach to digital language learning with a free, cross-platform solution that combines an online dictionary with a smart, personalized flashcard system to teach beginner through advanced learners via web immersion.
Cancer IQ (Chicago, IL) – Cancer IQ enables data-driven personalized cancer care. This startup offers a web-based service that closes gaps in knowledge by giving oncologists access to a large, curated repository of similar patients, guidelines, and network of providers at top institutions and by using algorithms to interpret molecular diagnostic data and identify high risk patients.
MediSafe (Tel Aviv, Israel) – MediSafe is a cloud-based, medication-management platform designed to understand the personal causes of non-adherence. The platform uses this information in real-time to create better patient engagement and raise medication adherence.
WaterLens (Austin, TX) – WaterLens is a patented and patent-pending system for real-time chemical analysis of water and other fluids that can be performed at the well site.
Plugsurfing (Berlin, Germany) – PlugSurfing is the solution to finding electric car charging points and barrier-free payment for EV charging. By merging multiple data sources, including real-time APIs direct from charging point providers, as well as static crowdsourced data from the charging point community, the PlugSurfing apps and websites are able to display the world’s largest database of charging points. With a database unrivaled in terms of both quality and quantity, PlugSurfing is the answer to range anxiety and wider EV adoption.
HandUp (San Francisco, CA) – HandUp is a direct donation system for the homeless 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.
Mellowcabs (Cape Town, South Africa) – Mellowcabs manufactures and operates attractive, electric mini-cabs that provide public transport in cities. The company’s main source of income is not carrying passengers, but selling advertising space on, and in, the vehicles. Advertising on the vehicles is very powerful and creates zero ad avoidance. Passengers prefer rides in Mellowcabs because they are flexible and very affordable. The cabs are manufactured in South Africa and hold full international road-worthy status.
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