Who are the Challenge Cup London’s Hottest Showcasing Startups? [POLL]

In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with 1776, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the Challenge Cup – a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities.

On November 20th, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to London, where dozens of startups will battle for the four regional winners’ spots within their respective category.

The winners from each of the 16 events (8 international, 8 within the US) will move onto the final round and with it, the chance to win the $150,00 grand prize.

But we want to know what YOU think!  Weigh in and let us know which of these startups from the event is the hottest by voting in the poll at the bottom of this post!  The winner of the Reader’s Choice Polls from each group will be announced on tech.co on Tuesday, November 26th.

Who is The Challenge Cup London’s Hottest Showcasing Startups?

(Polls listed at the bottom of this post)


Edspire – search engine for online learning resources

EduLift – combines tried and tested pedagogic methodology with innovative software, web applications and print resources in order to improve the way we learn.

Flooved – makes current, expensive textbooks redundant and increases engagement between professors and students through it’s online library.

Fluency – Youth microwork marketplace; connects young people aged 18 to 25 with skills in web, social media and digital marketing to tackle work that business is not equipped to handle in-house.

Historvius – maps world historic sites and fuses history and travel like never before.

LearnRev – provides courses on real-life, workplace skills that are taught from experts working at some of the best companies in the world.

Pre-ued – Publishes world’s best pre-university courses for free; users can take free courses ranging from top high / secondary schools to foundation courses aimed at giving you credit towards university admissions.

ReferenceME – Student essay referencing made easy; simply scan a book or journal barcode and ReferenceME creates the reference in seconds.

Seed Jobs – data-driven careers service and candidate engagement platform; instead of waiting for applications and reading CVs, employers get access to our revolutionary Seed Profiles containing rich, structured data which is simply not available on a CV.

Swipe – Deliver, manage, and share presentations from any device in real-time; aim to be a substitute for projectors, smart boards, and other expensive tools that are one-way and don’t let teachers interact correctly with students.

Tyrocircle – easy-to-use social platform that facilitates a community of fun energizing learning to take place between students, academics and alumni through the use of built-in flags and Scholar Rooms.

Wibbu – “Personalized” language-learning applications that relates the language’s grammatical rules to user’s native language for more natural memorization.

Zondle – games-based learning website that enables teachers and students to create games to support  their exact learning needs; teachers and students can choose learning topics or create their own.


Cutility – Automatically tracks the user’s utility bills and compares each month’s usage profile against every  tariff in the UK; as soon as a better tariff that meets the minimum savings threshold is identified, the user is alerted and can choose to switch.

nCube – Smart energy management tool that young couples and families use to conserve energy through the intelligent control of their home; can be used to control heating, hot water, lights, smoke sensors, presence sensors and most plugged-in devices.

Open Utility – marketplace that enables consumers to buy energy directly from producers, giving a fairer price for everyone.


BrainControl – Breakthrough technology device that gives disabled people the power to control objects with their minds.

Nutribu – simple and fun, educational tool to balance your diet with a single number using your smartphone; it allows you to keep under control all your nutrients with the Nutribu Score and understand how they contribute to your daily caloric intake.

Patient Knows Best – World’s first patient-controlled medical records system; a fully secure online tool which enables patients to better organize, manage and control their own health care provision.

Touch Surgery – Surgical simulation on mobile devices; scientific methodology is used to teach surgical procedures in step by step fashion, improving surgical decision making and critical thinking.

BookingMed – Online application for medical service appointments and medical specialties.

DrDoctor – Provides appointment booking layer that sits on top of current hospital systems with user-centered interface, making it easy to book appointments with your hospital; DrDoctor tools increase clinic productivity and reduce non-attendance.

GroupNos – health IT company with a mission to improve service provision through our evidence-based regulator-approved suite of patient reported outcome measure software.

Geneix – founded on the belief that smart data, coupled with smart design, can play a significant role in providing solutions which meet these needs, as well as that the future of healthcare lies in the potential of prospective, rather than reactive, medicine.

LabGenius – a free online platform for researchers to design, analyse and share DNA sequences.

MadeByMedics – a cross-platform, task management app, which improves communication and reduces human error in hospitals.

Medxnote – a secure HIPAA compliant communication platform for hospital healthcare professionals.

HomeTouch – unique software geared towards improving the lives of older people by using tablet technology to connect with family members and carers across a range of consumer technology platforms.

Smart Cities

Commonplace – mobile-first digital tool for neighborhoods and property developers; individuals use Commonplace to express how they feel about locations in the neighborhood. The data is aggregated as a needs map of the area, and provides analytics to the customers.

SocioTransit – social networking service that matches people seeking traveller/ transporter to carry/ buy/ pick-up & drop any kind of goods from one place to another.


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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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