The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) competition is the world’s largest startup competition for entrepreneurs addressing global challenges. Drawing from the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, XTC connects innovators with a network of investors, corporations, and mentors to help them raise capital, launch corporate collaborations, and scale their world-changing startups.



The XTC Competition is open to all product or service submissions based on a new technology or an innovative application of an existing technology built by the submitting company that has potential address one of XTC’s Tech for Good categories. Applicants must be legally incorporated – or registered – in an eligible country. The proposed business cannot be in violation of any intellectual property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trade secrets. See the Official Rules for more details.

XTC does not have any restrictions on current revenue level or capital raised to date.

All non-public information in submissions will be kept confidential and will only be shared in compliance with XTC’s privacy policy.




XTC competitors will be evaluated by a team of highly experienced investors, entrepreneurs, and executives. Submissions will be judged based on their quality, ability to address the corresponding U.N. Sustainability Development Goals, and long-term viability. Each application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Tech for Good and Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals of both the product and the Company’s operations
  • Product Market Fit
  • Product/Service Innovation
  • Team


Competitors will submit their startup in one of 7 categories which bundle the UN SDG’s. These are, in alphabetical order only:

  • AgTech, Food, & Water
  • Cleantech & Energy
  • Education
  • Enabling Technologies
  • Fintech
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation & Smart Cities

In addition, competitors will be considered for two special awards in 2020

  • Female Founder Award

    We will be awarding this recognition to the top startup with at least one female founder, whose innovations are driving solutions to global challenges.

  • COVID-19 Innovation Award

    We want to recognize how startups around the world are responding to this global crisis through innovation, from testing kits to online education, and promote their successes through an award to an XTC applicant addressing challenges brought on by COVID-19.


June 5

50 startups will be announced and invited to participate in the virtual bootcamp and to qualify for the final pitch

June 11-18


Startup engagement with senior investors and experts

July 2020

The 7 category winners will be announced and invited to pitch at the 2020 Global Finals

July 15 2020

Global Finals

Top startups will pitch world-class judges at a virtual event. Judges will select winners in each category and special awards for COVID-19 Innovation and Female Founder


52 Finalists will be invited to the virtual XTC Boot Camp and Global Finals to meet 30+ XTC Partners including Ford, Intel, Cisco, ARM, and Samsung in June. Selected Finalists will also pitch XTC judges like Young Sohn (President and CSO, Samsung Electronics), Rafaele Tordjman (Founder, Jeito Capital), Philippe Botteri (Partner, Accel), Bill Tai (Partner Emeritus, CRV), and Tim Draper (Founding Partner, Draper Associates)*. The final judges will select each Category Winner, the Female Founder Award Winner, the COVID-19 Innovation Award Winner, and the Overall XTC Winner.

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*Final judges may recuse themselves if a conflict of interest exists