Meet the Hottest Startups from the Challenge Cup San Francisco

Last week the Challenge Cup made its way to San Francisco, CA to wrap up its 16 city tour across the globe. The event was held at the well known accelerator, RocketSpace. Dozens of startups gave 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 competition and the chance to take home the grand prize of $150,000.

In the spirit of Tech Cocktail, however, we wanted 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 San Francisco’s Hottest Showcasing Startups


TRAIL – TRAIL is an online, education company dedicated to bringing people their first experience with the Internet. TRAIL partners with libraries, schools, social services offices, workforce development centers and other trusted public institutions to offer its courses and features online for free. TRAIL’s platforms, JobScout and HealthScout, allow thousands of learners to become Internet savvy. With users in over 12 countries, TRAIL is on its way to becoming the “first stop” on the Internet.

Energy – (It was a tie!)

American Green Energy Systems – This new-age clean energy generator allows customers to reduce their electricity cost while also drastically reducing their carbon foot print. American Green Energy Systems uses a method of electricity amplification achieved through water-pressure electrolysis.

enACT Systems – enACT is a home-energy marketplace that allows you to plan money-saving projects, view live bids from local service providers and financiers in an area, schedule appointments with them and more. enACT partners with major utilities and is now available throughout major cities in California, soon to be expanded in other states.


Regdy – Regdy is a web platform that enables visibility to all approved medical devices country-by-country.

Smart Cities (It was another tie!)

GivePulse – GivePulse is a community that matches individuals and groups to agencies that want to build memberships around service and social responsibility. In the same way Airbnb connects guests with hosts, GivePulse matches givers to causes.

Bikefrastructure – The SmartRack is an easy-to-use, high-security, short-term universal bicycle parking and reservation system. The SmartRack consists of three features: a high-security design; a data collection system; and a software application using that data to drive a real-time parking location and reservation system, theft and tampering alerts and a data analytics dashboard and management tools for strategic partners.

Congratulations to these companies! We are excited to see your growth!


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As the Events Director for Tech.Co, Kimberly Blackburn fulfills her passion for entrepreneurship and desire to help connect and foster the entrepreneurship world through creating memorable and constructive networking events, all around the country. For the past 6 years, Kimberly has planned over 400 events, building startup communities, connecting startups with investors and fostering innovation. Prior to her role at Tech.Co, Kimberly also worked as the Marketing and Training Coordinator for the Maryland Small Business Development Center. At the SBDC she coordinated over 70 training workshops a year for small businesses in the DC Metro area. She was also the Events Coordinator at Lendio, Inc., a financial services company in Salt Lake City, where she coordinated 80+ networking and pitching events for investors and entrepreneurs across the U.S. Kimberly is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU) with a Bachelors degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. At BYU she helped found two successful businesses as well implement a sustainable business model for a local orphanage in Ghana. Besides her passion for entrepreneurship, Kimberly loves trying new things in the kitchen, traveling pretty much anywhere and getting in touch with her crafty side.
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