Meet The Challenge Cup Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startups (Reader’s Choice)

November 12, 2013

12:28 pm

Last week was the Challenge Cup Chicago’s Regional competition, held at 1871.  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 Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startups


Overgrad – Web platform that creates trackable college admission goals for high school students, while improving universities’ ability to remain relevant in the constantly-changing higher ed ecosystem.


Russell Energy – developed the first patented integrated high efficiency electric generator and totally unique internal combustion (IC) engine that offers significant advantages over existing IC technology, including efficiency, power, power density, size, weight and vibration free operation.


Sintact Medical Systems, LLC – Non-degradable tissue separator film that prevents separate adjacent organs from adhering to each other after surgery.

Smart Cities

Spare to Share, LLC – Web and mobile platform  that enhances community experience through sharing, renting, selling, or collaboration within existing closed networks such as residential buildings, student housing & small businesses.

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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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