Startup Incubators 1776 and Oasis500 Join Forces in Amman to Host Challenge Cup 2015 on December 9

Startup Incubators 1776 and Oasis500 Join Forces in Amman to Host Challenge Cup 2015 on December 9
December 8, 2014 Oasis500

Two of the world’s foremost incubators are partnering to identify the Middle East’s most promising startups as part of global competition

Washington, D.C. and Amman, Jordan—Startup incubators 1776 and Oasis500 will join forces on December 9 in Amman to host Challenge Cup 2015, a global competition that spans 16 cities in 11 countries, and identify the most promising startups with the best ideas to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

The Amman competition, which highlights the Middle East region’s growing and vibrant startup scene, will feature the region’s most compelling startups in four categories—mobility and cities, environment, health, and education—competing for the chance to join other leading startups from around the world at 1776’s annual Challenge Festival in Washington, D.C. in May 2015.

To view a list of this year’s Amman competitors, click here.

The weeklong Challenge Festival in May will convene the top 64 startups from the 16 regional Challenge Cup competitions (four startups from each region) to compete for $650,000 in prizes and connect with mentors, corporate partners, policymakers, and potential investors.

To attend Challenge Cup 2015 in Amman on December 9 as a credentialed member of the media, please fill out this form.

What: Amman Challenge Cup Competition
When: Tuesday, December 9, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Oasis500, King Hussein Business Park, Building 7, Amman
Confirmed Judges:

  • Donna Harris, 1776
  • Yousef Hamidaddin, Oasis500
  • Karim Kawar, Kawar Group, Former Ambassador to the United States from Jordan
  • Emile Cubeisy, Silicon Badia
  • Rasha Manna, Endeavor Jordan
  • Saeed Omar, StartupJo
  • Rami Adwan, Electronic Health Solutions
  • Omar Hamarneh, El Hassan Science City


ABOUT 1776

1776 is a global incubator and seed fund that finds promising startups focused on solving the world’s most fundamental challenges and helps engineer their success.

Just two years old, 1776 has helped more than 250 startups grow by vetting their viability and connecting them to a “swat team” of support, from investors to mentors, government officials, and institutional market partners that they need to succeed.

1776 focuses on startups in the most broken, entrenched industries and sectors that impact millions of lives every day – specifically education, energy, health and cities.

Because solving big challenges in entrenched industries requires a different approach, 1776 is revolutionizing the startup landscape. From its hub in Washington, D.C., it is sparking a global movement of “problem-solving’ startups through its Challenge Cup and Startup Federation, the premiere network of incubators throughout the world.

By creating a global community of startups, mentors, partners, and investors, 1776 is proving that its unique approach to incubation can create a sustained cycle of innovation that connects existing enterprises, corporations, and government entities to the startups that are solving the world’s biggest problems.

1776 was founded in February 2013 by Donna Harris, a serial entrepreneur and the former Managing Director of the Startup America Partnership, and Evan Burfield, founder of netDecide, a provider of enterprise wealth management solutions, and the consulting firm Synteractive.


Oasis500 is a leading early stage and seed investment company, the first of its kind in Jordan and the MENA region. The program at Oasis500 includes entrepreneurship training, mentorship guidance, business incubation and additional follow-up investment and funding if required, turning new business ideas into startups and helping existing entrepreneurs grow their companies with our angel investor and mentor networks. The company nurtures creative ideas in Information Technology (IT), Mobile and Digital Media, transforming them into startup companies.

Oasis500 began with a notion; building a new platform for IT entrepreneurship in Jordan and the region by helping passionate ambitious entrepreneurs start their own companies. The company is helping to develop a strong, solid generation of Arab entrepreneurs, consequently adding to a better future for the MENA region.



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