DC’s 1776 Partners with NYU’s School of Engineering for Challenge Cup 2015

October 14, 2014

3:00 pm

DC’s startup incubator 1776 has just announced a partnership with New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering to host the Challenge Cup 2015 New York City regional competition.

“We are pleased to bring the Challenge Cup back to New York and show the world what our best and brightest startups have to offer,” said Kurt H. Becker, NYU School of Engineering vice dean of academic affairs, in a statement. “Not only is this an exceptional opportunity for the city’s most promising startups to connect with the resources and mentors they need to take their companies to the next level—it is an excellent way for New Yorkers to embrace the global startup culture built on solving real problems.”

The Challenge Cup will come to NYC on November 20, where startups from across the city and surrounding areas will get the opportunity to meet with various mentors and corporate partners, connect with potential investors, and present their ideas in education, energy, health, or cities to compete for $650,000 in prizes. When the Challenge Cup came to NYC last year, they had more than twenty startups compete for chance at the top prize in the national competition.

Similar to last year, the Challenge Cup 2015 will take place at 15 other regional sites in addition to NYC, including Washington D.C., Chicago, Sydney, Toronto, Tel Aviv, Amman, Santiago, Nairobi, Mumbai, Austin, Boston, Berlin, Dublin, San Francisco, and China. This year, however, 1776 has announced ChallengeX, a new feeder competition that gives startup incubators from around the world the chance to host their own competitions, with the winners automatically entered as finalists into the nearest Challenge Cup regional competition. Currently, cities like Detroit, New Orleans, and Buenos Aires are planning to host ChallengeX competitions.



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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.

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