San Francisco Offers Up 4 Winning Startups to Attend the Challenge Cup Festival

February 28, 2014

3:58 pm

Last night, the Challenge Cup wrapped up its 16-city tour in San Francisco. The regional competition was held at RocketSpace where 22 startups presented their ideas to a panel of judges in the areas of energy, health, education, and smart cities.

After deliberating for three times the amount of time it typically took judges on the tour, the panel named four startups as the winners of the San Francisco Challenge Cup competition. These startups will compete with all the winners from around the globe in May in Washington, D.C.

Meet the four finalists from San Francisco:


UClass – UClass is a venture-backed, Common-Core-lesson marketplace that aims to disrupt the curriculum industry. On UClass, both teachers and textbook companies sell their vetted resources in bite-sized formats.


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.


ReferralMD – referralMD is a web application that offers a comprehensive, business-management solution designed to track and monetize health care referrals.

Smart Cities

HandUp – HandUp is a direct donation system for homeless people and others in need in a given neighborhood. With HandUp, users can donate to a specific person via their web profile or SMS, learn about their story and needs and hear updates on their progress.

All 64 startup winners from the Challenge Cup’s 16-city tour will compete at the final weeklong Challenge Festival in May.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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