Who are the Challenge Cup São Paulo’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 January 28th, Challenge Cup will bring the excitement to São Paulo, 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 Monday, February 3rd.

Who is The Challenge Cup São Paulo’s Hottest Showcasing Startup?

(Polls listed at the bottom of this post)


Cacho.la — Allows teachers to use any kind of digital media like videos, photos, docs, audio, podcast, graphics, texts, websites and more! The main priority is to give access to knowledge for all people in need.

EduKar — An innovative way for people to invest in students’ training . EduKar offers financial support and various other services to complement their training. In our association, the student paid only if you win .

Hondana — Use cutting-edge tools to produce, distribute and market hundreds of eBooks a week. Work is not based in conversion but in digital reimagination with an unmatched focus on quality and customer-service.

Kidoteca — A studio developing mobile apps for kids.

Professores de Plantao – The teachers on duty is a virtual platform, developed in partnership with Wayra (a global company) that facilitates and streamlines the contact between tutors and students  of primary and secondary education, enabling personalized learning, immediate and with quality.

Polinize — Originated from the word ‘polinizar,’ or ‘to pollinate’ in english. With this motto, the team is building the best educational online platform for people that want to pollinate and be pollinated.

StudentBackr — Creates an alternative to traditional bank loans for students.

theSedge.org — Platform that brings together the global community of changemakers, who are using social enterprise to advance their social missions.

Timokids — An app with 3-D stories for children of many themes and situations that reflect the day-by-day of the kids, with the objective to educate, entertain and pass positive messages. The stories are found in different languages and can be authored by third-party writers.

Veduca — Democratize top quality education in Brazil and Low Income Markets, via video-lectures from world-class universities: free, in native language, contextualized.


Doctor Fun

iClinic — A new generation of medical programs for online clinics and management, helping many health professionals increase their productivity.

Medicinia – An alternative healthcare delivery model, based on online, high-frequency interactions to complement the traditional office-based, low-frequency model, increasing doctor productivity and patient satisfaction. It does so through a questions and answers platform to connect patients with doctors and general practioners with specialists.


BePots –  Creating online information bridges between producers, institutions and consumers about the product’s post-consumption environmental impact so as to show the consumers which products can or cannot be recycled. This leads them to incorporate this information as a variable at purchase, thereby inducing companies to review the materials they use.

Solarbrush — Robots that clean solar panels in arid regions, such as deserts. Current methods of manual maintenance is both costly and dangerous in high heat and high voltage environments.

Smart Cities

Amigo Carona

b2Log — A freight-management platform for e-commerce.

Cargobr – Platform pioneer in Brazil that unites a simple and fast way carriers and companies that need to ship freight. Intuitive system that brings direct benefits to those who sell and those who hire freight through Cargobr.

City Heroes — Platform using technology to build better and safer cities. We connect people and institutions allowing them to report any problem and providing information, cooperation and connectivity on real time.

Colab.re – A social network for citizens. It lets anyone monitor their city’s daily issues, elaborate solutions and evaluate public services, sharing their thoughts and findings with their friends and other citizens.

Confirm Everything – Delivers in the simplest way: traceability, validation of information and process, all in real-time for service companies or companies that have large service chains.


GoJames — A mobile app platform and website that revolutionizes the luxury transportation market in Brazil.

Let’s Park — A mobile application to find cheap parking near you. Our app is crowdsourced, thus the driver’s community adds car parks and suggests updates.

Mandae – A platform that simplifies the process of shipping and does it all for you. Just snap a photo, and our driver shows up at your location and picks everything up to be packed in our office and shipped off via the appropriate carrier.

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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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