Startups compete in New York City Challenge Cup

Cognotion, Sealed, OpenBeds and Bandwagon were the four startup companies to win the New York City Challenge Cup competition hosted by Incubator 1776 and the Polytechnic School of Engineering on Nov. 20.

The competition featured 38 companies in four different categories — education, energy, health and cities. The four winning companies were selected after two rounds of elimination based on their pitches. The winners will take part in 1776’s annual Challenge Festival in Washington, D.C. in May for the chance to win $650,000 in prizes and the opportunity to connect with others in their fields.

Nishi Rawat, developer of OpenBeds and winner of the health category of the competition, said she was surprised she won.