Application Open! Global 1776 Challenge Cup Competition

Posted on September 23, 2017 by Jacqui Dietrich. Tagged: ,

Are you taking on one of the world’s greatest challenges? Compete in the 1776 Challenge Cup to share your vision with Denver and the world! Apply Now! Entrepreneurs will get the chance to present their vision on a global stage, engage with industry and government leaders, and compete for grand prizes.

Deadline to Apply October 1
Local Competition Round October 13, 7-9pm | Audience RSVP

More About 1776 Challenge Cup at The Commons

The Commons on Champa, 1776 and Revolution Announce Challenge Cup 2017 Global Startup Competition powered by the UNION network. 75 global cities will come together to find the world’s most promising startups tackling complex, regulated challenges. 

The Commons on Champa and 1776 have kicked off the fourth annual global Challenge Cup competition that seeks to find innovative startups solving the world’s most complex challenges.

The Challenge Cup is presented in partnership with investment firm Revolution, an active champion for the emergence of entrepreneurial communities and startups outside of Silicon Valley.

The Challenge Cup will take place in 75 global cities, including cities drawn from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest program as well as over 20 US state capitals. In each of these cities, 1776 partners with a leading local startup program to host a Challenge Cup experience on 1776’s UNION Network, which is a digital platform that connects startup ecosystems around the world.

“The Challenge Cup is more than a pitch competition. We are forging partnerships between government officials, institutions, and entrepreneurs tackling complex challenges,” said Evan Burfield, Cofounder and CEO of 1776. “By partnering with Revolution we are reinforcing the networks necessary for startups to solve meaningful problems on a global stage. By hosting the competition on 1776’s UNION network, we are uniting the fragmented global startup ecosystem in this mission.”

The program culminates in the 2017 Challenge Festival, a multi-day event in November taking place at 1776’s newest campus located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Commons joins thirty-one startup communities hosting a Challenge Cup, including:

  • American Underground — Durham, NC, USA (Rise of the Rest City)
  • Benjamin’s Desk — Philadelphia, PA, USA (Rise of the Rest City)
  • BIAT — Tunis, Tunisia (Capital City)
  • D.CAMP — Seoul, South Korea (Capital City)
  • ECOEM — Caracas, Venezuela (Capital City)
  • Found.Ation — Athens, Greece (Capital City)
  • Grupo Rede Mais — Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • Grupo Rede Mais — Quito, Ecuador (Capital City)
  • Hive Colab — Kampala, Uganda (Capital City)
  • Iceaddis — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Capital City)
  • iHub — Nairobi, Kenya (Capital City)
  • Invest2Innovate — Islamabad, Pakistan (Capital City)
  • iSpace Foundation — Accra, Ghana (Capital City)
  • Japan Innovation Network — Osaka, Japan
  • Japan Innovation Network — Tokyo, Japan (Capital City)
  • National Digital Research Centre — Dublin, Ireland (Capital City)
  • Novus — Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • PIE — Portland, OR, USA
  • StartupAZ — Phoenix, AZ, USA (Capital, Rise of the Rest City)
  • Startup Mexico — Merida, Mexico
  • Startup Mexico — Mexico City, Mexico (Capital City)
  • Station Houston — Houston, TX, USA
  • Talent Garden — Milan, Italy
  • Tampa Bay WaVE — Tampa, FL, USA
  • tekMountain — Wilmington, NC, USA
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority — Pittsburgh, PA, USA (Rise of the Rest City)
  • 1776 — Dubai, UAE
  • 1776 — New York, NY, USA
  • 1776 — Washington, DC, USA (Capital City)
  • 43North — Buffalo, NY, USA (Rise of the Rest City)

Whether it be Twiga Foods in Kenya, Prima-Temp in Boulder or MyPeegu in Bangalore, startups are solving some of our most complex and challenging problems but are often overlooked with respect to venture funding and access to entrepreneurial resources.


About The Commons
The Commons is a public-private partnership founded in 2015 to unlock the potential of Denver’s entrepreneurial spirit. Today we are a nationally-recognized nonprofit resource center that impacts the city’s economic future through programs, partnerships and the place The Commons lives. Our work can be seen, experienced and felt throughout our entrepreneurship community, across all industries and stages of business growth. We connect and help build the network that supports aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators as they make an impact in the world. Join us at and follow our community @commonsonchampa.

About 1776
1776 is a public benefit corporation that empowers startup ecosystems around the world to solve complex challenges. To accomplish this, we leverage our digital startup network, UNION; physical campuses in Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco and Dubai; a global startup pitch competition, Challenge Cup; and deep staff expertise in regulatory issues. We accelerate connections and outcomes among startups, corporations, and public institutions. For more information, please visit and follow @1776 on Twitter and @1776vc on Instagram.

About Revolution
A Washington, DC-based investment firm founded by Steve Case in 2005, Revolution’s mission is to build disruptive, innovative companies that offer consumers more choice, convenience, and control in their lives. Revolution seeks to create significant value for companies that are attacking large, traditional industries with innovative new products and services. The Revolution team brings proven expertise in scaling up companies and helping to expand niche ideas into mass appeal. For more information, please visit: or follow us on Twitter @revolution.