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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!
April 6, 2021

Four Specialized Awards for XTC 2021

Inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Extreme Tech Challenge supports and showcases innovators that harness the power of technology for the benefit of humankind. Our core seven competition categories include: Healthcare; FinTech; Smart Cities Transport; CleanTech & Energy; Education; AgTech Food & Water; and Enabling Tech. For 2021, however, we are excited to announce the addition of four Specialized Awards given to Finalists who show exemplary innovation highlighting thematic tech issues, promoting diversity, and aligning with current events
March 31, 2021

Extreme Tech Challenge Partners With TechCrunch, Extends Application Deadline, and Announces Four Specialized Awards for its 2021 Global Competition

The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) has announced a partnership with TechCrunch to host its 2021 Global Finals event. XTC has also introduced four specialized awards -- COVID-19 Innovation Award, Female Founder Award, Ethical AI Award, and Positive Home Award -- to be presented alongside the seven existing category winners and one overall competition winner on July 22, 2021. With increased interest in this year’s startup competition and the expansion of the XTC Global Finals with TechCrunch, the application deadline has been extended to 11:59PM PT on April 25, 2021.
March 26, 2021

Honoring Women: Spotlight Saathi

Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month, we sat down with Kristin Kagetsu and discussed Saathi, the Healthcare Category Winner for our 2020 competition, to learn more about her experience cofounding a startup and competing in XTC.
March 23, 2021

Honoring Women: Spotlight Genecis

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we sat down with 2020 Female Founders Award winner Luna Yu and discussed her company Genecis, the Cleantech winner for the 2020 competition, to learn more about her experience leading a startup and competing in XTC.
March 15, 2021

Honoring Women Entrepreneurs Working to Build a Better World

The future has never looked brighter for entrepreneurial women involved in technology, and the Extreme Tech Challenge is proud to encourage the inclusion and the ultimate success of women founders in its competitions.
March 5, 2021

XTC FinTech Finalist Rewire Raises $20M To Extend Financial Services

Rewire, a fintech start-up that develops cross-border online banking services tailored for the needs of expatriate workers worldwide, today announced a Series B funding round of USD 20M and a significant line of credit from a leading bank.
March 2, 2021

NXP India launching search for future Technology Wizards on its ‘SiliconSeeds’ platform through an exclusive ‘NXP India Tech Startup Challenge’

To boost the Indian startup ecosystem, NXP India is pleased to launch a unique platform for Startups to showcase their innovations and the opportunity for global visibility and scalability with direct entry as a finalist in multiple tech incubators including the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC).
February 23, 2021

The Imperative To Act Now

By catalyzing Innovation with Entrepreneurship focused exclusively on advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the Extreme Tech Challenge is enabling Startup leaders to come forward and be the problem solvers for our planet.
December 17, 2020

Meet the 10 disruptive technologies vying to win UC’s Startup Innovation Challenge

The University of California has selected 10 finalists for its 2021 Startup Innovation Challenge, held in partnership with XTC, the world’s largest tech-for-good startup competition.

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