D.C.’s 1776 Announces Challenge Festival 2015

March 19, 2015

12:53 pm

The Washington, D.C.-based startup incubator 1776 announced this morning its plans for this year’s Challenge Festival 2015. Designed to be the culmination of the 1776 Challenge Cup competition, the week-long event will bring together business leaders, government officials, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs from across the globe, in Washington, D.C.

“All over the globe, entrepreneurs are asking themselves why, with the power of today’s technology, do we still live with services built for the last century?” said 1776 cofounder Donna Harris in a statement. “The Challenge Festival will feature the world’s most promising startups who are changing the way we educate our children, consume energy, and access healthcare—and connect them with forward-looking business and industry leaders.”

This year’s Challenge Festival will be held from May 11 to May 16 and will bring together more than 70 startup competitors from 16 cities around the world to compete in the Challenge Cup global finals, where they will try to get their hands at $650,000 in prizes. The startups competing in the event are all working towards changing the way we approach health, education, energy, and smart cities.

The Challenge Festival will give these startups the opportunity to meet with new mentors, connect with potential business partners and investors, and engage in discussions with government leaders to help them navigate each of these traditionally immovable industries.

Last year, Tech.Co followed the Challenge Cup competition and reported at the scene during Challenge Festival 2014. For a list of all the events planned for this year’s Challenge Festival, visit 1776’s website.



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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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