1871 is teaming up with D.C.’s 1776, an organization just blocks from the White House focused on helping entrepreneurs for the Challenge Cup, a “global competition to identify and celebrate the most promising startups tackling the biggest challenges.” It sounds very high-minded and is sure to attract participants who also could be described that way, but if you win you’ll know you deserve that description. Sixteen cities around the world are part of this circuit, including Tel Aviv, Cape Town, Boston and many others. 1776’s slant is on helping entrepreneurs help their city, so that is a major flavor of this contest.
Companies are vying to stand out against others who strive to improve education, health, energy and safety. Sixty-four winning startups will be named, but only eight finalists will receive an investment.
"Challenge Cup highlights one of the core principals of 1871 – entrepreneurial innovation,” said Melissa Lederer, CMO of Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and 1871. “We are excited to partner with 1776 and be one of the 16 host cities to identify some of the nation’s brightest entrepreneurs as they compete against their peers to solve global challenges through innovation.”
Worth a shot to be considered, right?
If you want to apply, you can do so here through Oct. 11. Then the world will move on without you.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as IFC’s comedy, film, and TV blogger, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City and an adjunct professor in DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.