Meet The Challenge Cup Austin’s Hottest Showcasing Startups [Reader’s Choice]

January 22, 2014

1:23 pm

Last week was the Challenge Cup Austin’s Regional competition, held at Capital Factory.  Dozens of startups delivered their one-minute pitch on stage to a panel of judges, where one company from each category would emerge as the winner and move onto the final round.

In the spirit of Tech Cocktail, however, we want your take.  We ran a poll for each category (Education, Energy, Health, and Smart Cities), to see who you thought was the hottest of the group.  The readers have spoken.  Below are your Reader’s Choice winners.

The Challenge Cup Austin’s Hottest Showcasing Startups


Aceable – a Capital Factory-backed company that provides mobile learning solutions for required-learning courses. Their first target? Driver’s education. Aceable has designed a 100-percent mobile driver’s education course that first-time learners can complete through their smartphones, rather than in a classroom. And that’s a huge advantage over competitors, none of whom are thinking mobile first.

Energy (three-way tie)

nCarbon – A low cost solution for auto manufacturers to meet fleetwide fuel efficiency standards by improving Micro-Hybrid technology.

WaterLens – A patented and patent-pending system for real-time chemical analysis of water and other fluids that can be performed at the well site.

Curb – A suite of tools to engage and empower individuals about their energy decisions – putting the power in their hands. The product directly empowers employees with actionable data about their energy consumption.


Filament Labs – Tool that helps health professionals track and manage patients when their patients are away from the clinic.

Smart Cities

NeedTo – A tool that transforms the local service economy by allowing workers to come to a person, instead of spending hours trying to find great people to meet one’s needs.

Congratulations to the startups.  Next up: Denver.

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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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