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

November 8, 2013

12:28 pm

Last week was the Challenge Cup DC’s Regional competition, held at 1776.  More than thirty 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 wanted to get 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.  You have spoken.  Below are your Reader’s Choice winners.

The Challenge Cup DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startups


LaunchPad College – Develops engaging workshops and technology that leverages the best predictive career tools to help students match their true calling with a college plan and career path that provides long-term growth.


Hilltop Energy Partners – Optimizes building cleantech performance through energy efficiency auditing, upgrades, building usage analytics, and distributed generation retrofits.


Dorsata  – Platform gives clinicians ability to build evidence-based pathways and guidelines collaboratively

Smart Cities

Spend Consciously – By scanning bar code, consumers can instantly determine whether what they are buying matches their individual values.

Congratulations to the above startups!  Now, help us find the hottest showcasing startup from Challenge Cup Chicago

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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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