Every year, thousands of entrepreneurs, influencers, policymakers, investors, and other startup champions from all over the world gather in Washington, D. C. for Challenge Festival. The week is full of opportunities to connect with startups and industry leaders, research potential ventures, learn from a diversity of insights and expertise, and check out the most promising startups as they compete for $175,000 in cash grants and up to $1 million in funding.
Here’s the schedule of when to expect the robust lineup of speakers, startups, and celebrations:
Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 – 10:00 pm — Opening Party & Keynote
Join us and notable startups, influencers, community leaders, and investors from around the world as we kick off Challenge Festival week with an evening of music, food, and drink. Come celebrate the people changing the world for the better, and you won’t want to miss our surprise keynote speaker.
Wednesday, June 8, 5:00 – 10:00 pm — Semifinals (Education, Health, Money, & Security) & Gala
Challenge Festival is bringing together four industries — education, health, money, and security — for the first semifinal event of the week. These startups are the winners of competitions in 54 cities around the world and the best of over 3,000 applications. A gala will follow the competition for startups, influencers, community leaders, and investors to mingle.
Thursday, June 9, 5:00 – 10:00 pm — Semifinals (Cities, Energy, Food, & Transportation) & Gala
The second semifinal event of Challenge Festival showcases startups from four additional industries — cities, energy, food, and transportation. Again, these startups are the best of over 3,000 applications worldwide and won competitions in 54 international cities. The gala after the competition will be a special opportunity to get to know the startups, influencers, community leaders, and investors.
Friday, June 10, 6:00 – 11:00 pm — Global Finals & Closing Party
The Global Finals competition is the grand finale of Challenge Festival, which concludes Challenge Cup 2016 after journeying to 54 cities around the world to find, fund, and grow the most promising startups innovating in industries of essential human need. Join us for an exhilarating night as the top eight startups selected throughout the week from the semifinal round present more in depth and our esteemed judges declare an overall champion.
Our Closing Party will immediately follow the Global Finals competition to cap off an inspiring week centered around the top players driving meaningful change globally.