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Challenge Cup: And Then There Was One

After 6 months, this year’s Challenge Cup champion was announced: It's Twiga Fruits, a startup helping solve rising food prices across Africa.

Challenge Cup: And Then There Was One

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Congratulations to The 9 Challenge Cup Finalists!

Having already won $50,000, 9 startups will compete tomorrow for the global Challenge Cup title and its $100,000 prize. Here's a breakdown of each company.

Congratulations to The 9 Challenge Cup Finalists!

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It’s Go Time: Challenge Festival 2015

If you’ve been following along with our coverage of the Challenge Cup, you’ll know what’s about to happen.   For the unititiated, the Challenge Festival is about to kick off, marking the conclusion of this year’s Challenge Cup. After traveling the globe, the Challenge Cup now returns to its start in Washington D.C., with more than 70 enthusiastic and enterprising startups coming to give their final pitches for a chance at global titles. In addition, the week-long Festival convenes thousands of supporters and experts for invaluable discussions, learning, and connections. The Festival also includes the release of the Innovation that Matters report, which we’ve been working on with our partners at 1776 and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, during the Innovation Economy Day at the U.S. Chamber. Free Enterprise will be at the Festival all week, so follow along at @FreeEnterprise and #1776Challenge for the latest. And be sure to check in on Friday, May […]

It’s Go Time: Challenge Festival 2015

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Roof Tiles the Size of a Laptop Could Light up Kenya

–This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup News on the 1776 site– Everyone needs a roof over their heads—so they might as well use these roofs to generate energy. That’s especially true in nations such as Kenya, where 70 percent of residents lack reliable power. That’s the premise on which Strauss Energy was founded. The five-person Nairobi startup has developed specialized solar roof tiles that are patent-pending and that have the potential to change the energy game in East Africa. Strauss Energy also recently won a spot at 1776’s Challenge Festival as a People’s Choice winner. Ahead of the competition in D.C. next month, company cofounders Charity Wanjiku and Tony Nyagah chatted with 1776 and broke down the major energy deficiencies in their homeland they’re trying to solve and how customers can eventually make money off of their roof tiles.   What is the need in Kenya for solar panel […]

Roof Tiles the Size of a Laptop Could Light up Kenya

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The People Have Chosen: PopUpsters

—This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup News at the 1776 site— Pop-up shops have been taking their businesses outside the four walls of a store, moving into temporary spaces and “popping up” all over communities. As the pop-up industry grew, though, the small businesses didn’t know how to access the resources they needed to sustain their non-traditional approach to shops. That is, until PopUpsters came along. Aaron Lander knew this was a problem pop-ups faced and knew that he could do something about it. He linked up with Jim Burke and Brina Bujkovsky, who were also interested in providing a solution for local pop-ups in their community. Together, the three founded PopUpsters, a startup that connects pop-ups to essential resources and venues. PopUpsters won the People’s Choice Award, including a chance to compete at Challenge Festival next month. Ahead of the event, Lander told 1776 about how PopUpsters is […]

The People Have Chosen: PopUpsters

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A Startup Providing Healthcare to Pakistan’s Poor

—This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup News on the 1776 site— Where there’s a need, there’s opportunity for innovation—and that’s exactly what HealthOne is doing in Pakistan. According to Cofounder Fahad Hasan, many low-income and impoverished people in the country don’t have access to healthcare. To solve the problem Hasan created HealthOne to connect those individuals with the medical resources they needed. The startup’s mission caught the attention of the judges at the Islamabad ChallengeX competition, and the company won the health category and a spot in this year’s Challenge Festival. Before coming to compete in Washington, D.C. next month, Hasan told 1776 about his startup and the unique challenges and milestones the HealthOne team had as they developed and expanded their company. What does HealthOne do? HealthOne provides high-quality and affordable healthcare to the poor with a special focus on those suffering from diabetes. We have established clinics […]

A Startup Providing Healthcare to Pakistan’s Poor

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What to do With Your Extra Yen

—This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup News at the 1776 site— Traveling to a foreign country often requires changing currency to be able to spend money. But then once the trip is over there’s the precarious situation of being stuck with leftover coins. Dublin-based startup Coindrum has a way to take care of this. Its self-service machines let passengers turn coins into vouchers that they can use at airport shops. Coindrum founder Lukas Decker pitched his startup at the Dublin Challenge Cup and wound up winning the transportation and cities category. He’ll now go on to the Challenge Festival in May in D.C. Decker spoke after his win about the impact his machines are having on airports and passengers alike during just two months of trials. Coindrum is trying to help both travelers and businesses in airports. Explain the two pain points more fully. We really solve two issues: […]

What to do With Your Extra Yen

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Charge Me Up

–This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup news at the 1776 site– As the number of electric vehicle owners increases, so does the demand for sufficient charging stations–especially in multi-unit buildings. EverCharge, a Tesla-recommended charging provider, offers a solution to EV owners who live and work in buildings that don’t have enough charging services available. Beyond the standard charging system, EverCharge provides everything from insurance to maintenance to billing services for users. Six states have already mandated the right for electric vehicle charging in multi-unit buildings, and EverCharge CEO, Jason Appelbaum hopes that more states will incorporate that policy—making it a nationwide mandate. The startup itself recently started venturing out of the San Francisco Bay Area and is working to provide its maximizing, efficient and smart charging service to cities across the nation. After competing in and winning the transportation and cities category at the San Francisco Challenge Cup, Appelbaum […]

Charge Me Up

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A Renaissance from Ruins

–Originally appeared in Challenge Cup News on the 1776 site– When it comes to real estate, access to data is crucial to both buyers and sellers. OpportunitySpace is a civic tech startup that provides a market for government-owned properties that usually go unnoticed due to the lack of available and coherent information. OpportunitySpace makes crucial data about untapped real estate opportunities under public ownership accessible to public, private and civic stakeholders. OpportunitySpace won the Boston Challenge Cup in the cities category and will go on to the Challenge Festival in Washington, D.C. this summer. Following the competition, OpportunitySpace’s cofounder Cristina Garmendia talked to 1776 about how her startup is expanding in cities across the nation. What is OpportunitySpace? OpportunitySpace is an online marketplace for undervalued property. We work with governments to identify their real estate inventory, market development opportunities from within their inventory, and connect with diverse partners interested in […]

A Renaissance from Ruins

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Saving Grace for Forgetful Diabetics

–This story originally appeared in Challenge Cup News at the 1776 site– About 387 million people around the world are diabetics who face many daily challenges related to their medication. A Berlin startup wants to make their lives a little easier. Insulin Angel is a smartphone-compatible device that monitors medication and alerts users when something isn’t quite right with their insulin. Winner of the Berlin Challenge Cup health category, Insulin Angel is excited to advance to D.C.’s Challenge Festival in May. Each member of the Insulin Angel team has a connection to diabetes and wants their product to eventually be the number one device in the diabetic market. Following the pitches, we talked to the company’s founder—and Type 1 diabetic—Amin Zayani. Tell me about how Insulin Angel came to be. I myself suffer from Type 1 diabetes, so I depend on many insulin injections throughout the day to stay alive. […]

Saving Grace for Forgetful Diabetics

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