1776 Challenge Cup LOCAL Portland USA

Activity Description


Each year 1776, a global incubator and venture fund, hosts a worldwide tournament called the Challenge Cup. Together, with our Startup Federation partners, Revolution, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and over 50 incubator hosts around the world, we’ll discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time.

The competition

Startups advance through three rounds: Local, Regional and Global Finals. All of the regional winners and a host of wild cards will be invited to participate in the Challenge Cup Global Finals next June in Washington, D.C. There, they’ll compete for over $1 million in prizes, as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.

Hosted at the OMSI Empirical Theater in Portland, this 1776 Challenge Cup Local competition will feature startups that are providing solutions for: Cities, Education, Energy, Food, Health, Money, Security, and Transportation.


  • 6:00 pm - 6:25 pmNetworking
  • 6:30 pm - 6:35 pmWelcome
  • 6:35 pm - 6:45 pmPortland Development Commission
  • 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm1776 Challenge Cup pitches
  • 8:00 pm - 8:15 pmJudges deliberate
  • 8:15 pm - 8:30 pmAnnouncement of the 1776 Challenge Cup Local: Portland winning teams