Favorite Startups from 1776’s Challenge Cup!

The 13th and final stop in 1776‘s global Challenge Cup tour took place at RocketSuites in San Francisco last Thursday. After 12 regional Challenge Cups in leading cities such as London, Beijing and Tel Aviv, the last 19 startups pitched for the chance to enter the final round in DC and win funding!

All of the startups pitching in the 4 categories, Education, Energy, Health and Smart Cities, were amazing but I found 2 especially interesting: Scoot Networks and HandUp.

Scoot Networks

Scoot Networks

Scoot Networks is like City Bike Share for electric scooters!

Super simple, easy and cheaper than getting a Lyft. You download the app on the Apple or Android app store, sign up for a quick orientation meant to explain how everything works and get you comfortable driving the scooters, then check out the map for the nearest Scoot location to grab your ride.

It’s a great alternative to buying a car or scooter, and at $4-6 (my own average) a ride, much cheaper than Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services!


Hand UpI always feel uncomfortable giving cash to homeless people. I really want to help, but I worked hard for that money and want to make sure it won’t end up paying for drugs, alcohol or worse… so I fell in love as soon as I heard the pitch for HandUp.

HandUp has a smart phone app that allows you to donate money to a homeless person if they choose to give you their HandUp number or landing page, and donations go through HandUp to pay for food, shelter and other daily life necessities. Plus each beneficiary has a case manager there to help members make the best use of donations, and you can see where your money helped them go.

Follow HandUp and the other San Francisco winners’ progress in the final round of the Challenge Cup here!


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