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October 5, 2021

Vibrant youth gathering sparks ideas and actions to shape the future of our agri-food systems

Youth send out message on food as a basic right at first World Food Forum
August 17, 2021

Alumni Feature: GENECIS BIOINDUSTRIES

The second season of XTC's worldwide competition of startups addressing the major challenges outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals just completed last month at the XTC 2021 Global Finals presented by TechCrunch.
August 3, 2021

Check out TechCrunch at the Extreme Tech Challenge Global Finals

The Extreme Tech Challenge is the launching pad for ideas that can power a more sustainable, equitable, healthy, inclusive and prosperous world. On July 22nd, 2021, 80+ finalists participated in a world-wide startup pitch off competition. These finalists represented 6 continents, 92 Countries and over 3,700 applicants — all with focuses on social impact, greentech, healthtech, and the sustainability tech ecosystem.
July 22, 2021

FAO head urges G20 to invest in a healthy planet for healthy food

The head of the UN food relief agency called on the world’s richest nations on Thursday to invest more in sustainable living, to feed the world’s growing population.
July 22, 2021

Extreme Tech Challenge Announces Strategic Partnership With the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to Advance Technology-Enabled Resilient Food Systems

The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is announcing a strategic partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to empower tech entrepreneurs driving transformative innovations in improving nutrition and food security worldwide to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including "Zero Hunger."
July 22, 2021

Extreme Tech Challenge Announces a New Regional Competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition focused on mission-driven tech innovation, announces today a new regional competition track to highlight exceptional entrepreneurs from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the U.S. The winners of this new regional competition will automatically advance to be global finalists of the XTC 2022 startup competition and have an opportunity to go on and compete in the XTC Global Finals next year.
July 19, 2021

Charting the Course: Navigating the Startup Journey at XTC 2021 Bootcamp

Now that the XTC 2021 Category Winners have been announced, we’re pulling back the curtain to take a behind-the-scenes look into the competition process. On June 3rd, 2021, our 80 Global Finalists attended a week-long Bootcamp led by institutional investors, corporate leaders, and domain experts providing actionable insights to help XTC Finalists grow their world-changing startups and prepare their pitches for the Category Finals.
July 15, 2021

Genecis, a Disruptive Cleantech Startup, Selected as Global Winner at the 2020 XTC Finals

XTC is thrilled to announce that the Global Winner of the 2020 XTC competition is Genecis, an awe-inspiring cleantech startup that converts food waste into biodegradable plastics and other high value materials. Receiving the Female Founder Award was Microgen Biotech’s Xuemei Germaine and the Covid-19 Innovation Award went to Tyto Care.
July 14, 2021

Extreme Tech Challenge Announces 2021 Special Awards Winners Headed to Global Finals

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition for purpose-driven tech innovation, announced today four Special Awards Winners selected to compete at the XTC 2021 Global Finals presented by TechCrunch on July 22, 2021.
July 1, 2021

Extreme Tech Challenge Announces 2021 Category Winners Headed To Global Finals

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition focused on purpose-driven innovation, announced today seven Category Winners selected to compete at the XTC 2021 Global Finals presented by TechCrunch on July 22, 2021. Audiences from around the world are invited to join the virtual event (free registration) to watch these top contenders compete for the crown of XTC 2021 Global Winner.
July 1, 2021

XTC Invites You to Choose Our 2021 Global Finalists

For the first time ever, the Extreme Tech Challenge wants YOU, the audience, to help us decide which tech startup earns XTC’s inaugural People’s Choice Award and a competing spot in the XTC Global Finals 2021 presented by TechCrunch on July 22nd. The 2021 Category Finals pitch competition began on June 21 and will run until June 30th. Those wanting to cast their votes for the People’s Choice are encouraged to tune in here.
June 4, 2021

Extreme Tech Challenge Announces Finalists to Global Startup Competition

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition focused on purpose-driven innovation, today announces 80 startup finalists from 24 nations across 6 continents who are invited to participate in a virtual XTC Bootcamp this month with the opportunity to qualify for the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) Global Finals 2021 presented by TechCrunch on July 22, 2021.
May 5, 2021

XTC 2021: By The Numbers…

The XTC application window has closed and our evaluation process has formally begun! We’re so excited with our competition’s growth this year, and the incredible participation from all around the world. While last year’s competition generated some 2,200 applications, this year we more than doubled that number with 3,500+ applications submitted, from 92 countries (compared with 81 countries in 2020)! This pays testament to the rise of a new generation of tech startups that are committed to advancing purpose driven innovation and addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
April 22, 2021

Spotlight: Extreme Tech Challenge Co-Founders Young Sohn and Bill Tai

The Next Wave video interview series is hosted by Young Sohn, Chairman of the Board, HARMAN International, Founding Managing Partner, Walden Catalyst, Co-Founder, Extreme Tech Challenge. Join him as he unpacks the brave new world of technology and business with some of the leading minds driving the next economy. In this episode of “The Next Wave,” Young Sohn chats with Bill Tai, Co-founder of Extreme Tech Challenge, about his work in venture capital, their work together on the Extreme Tech Challenge and how kite surfing has impacted his career.
April 20, 2021

Alumni Feature: ReWire

ReWire, the 2020 Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) FinTech Award Winner, recently raised a $20 million Series B investment. The funding round was led by XTC regional partner OurCrowd, and XTC Global Finals judge Jerry Yang, co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo!
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