1776, the startup hub to the nation’s capital, the US and the world, in many circles, is in year two of their annual Challenge Cup competition. Evan Burfield, Donna Harris and the crew at 1776 DC literally scour the world through regional level startup competitions looking to pit the best of the best in a startup battle royal of sorts in Washington DC in May.
Last week the regional Challenge Cup stopped at the Capital Factory in Downtown Austin Texas looking for the best of the best from Austin’s thriving startup scene. And they found exactly what they were looking for.
Our good friends at Silicon Hills News reported that four local Austin startups advanced to the global event in DC.
The Austin winners are:
Education: PenPal Schools
Energy & Sustainability: Lucelo Technology
Transportation and Cities: StormPins
These four teams will join 60 other teams from 16 regions across the globe at the main event in Washington DC. They will all compete for $650,000 in prizes.
“Austin has become a leading hub for innovators who are leveraging their creativity to drive positive change in complex, entrenched industries,” Evan Burfield, co-founder of 1776, the global incubator and seed fund, said in a news release. “We’re proud of the extraordinary talent and innovation displayed tonight, demonstrating once again that great ideas with the potential to reshape our world are emerging outside Silicon Valley—and that Austin is a place where groundbreaking ideas are growing and flourishing.”