Sheryll Poe  | October 24, 2013

Start Your Engines. It’s Time for the Challenge Cup.

What is the Challenge Cup, you ask?

First, we’ll tell you what it’s not. It’s not an international soccer competition or a NASCAR race.

Now, to what it is. The most promising startups. The greatest challenges. 16 leading cities. One Challenge Cup. Washington D.C. incubator 1776 is traveling the globe to find the world’s most promising startups tackling education, healthcare, energy, and city challenges.

In video above, 1776 Co-Founder Evan Burfield answers all our burning questions about the Challenge Cup—the categories, the prizes, and why the competition is global.

The race to find the next great innovator starts in Washington D.C. on October 29, followed by competitions in Chicago on November 4, Moscow on November 9, and Berlin on November 13. London, Los Angeles, New York and Boston will follow at the end of November through December, with even more cities scheduled for early 2014. It’s a jam-packed schedule that concludes with a festival in Washington, D.C. in May 2014 during which all 64 finalists from the regional competitions will compete for the final Challenge Cup. 

Find out more at and check for updates and stories throughout the competition. And follow the competition on Twitter and Instagram by searching #ChallengeCup