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.
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
Competitors will submit their startup in one of 7 categories which bundle the UN SDG’s. These are, in alphabetical order only:
In addition, competitors will be considered for four special awards in 2021
Finalist applications will be evaluated
Finalists will be announced and invited to participate in the XTC Bootcamp
Startup engagement with senior investors, corporate leaders and industry experts
XTC 2020 Bootcamp
Mini pitch session to select the winner of each category and the winners of the Special Awards. Registration link available mid-May.
XTC 2021 Category Finals Schedule
Category & Special Award Winners Announced
Announcement of the Category Winners & Special Awards Winners
XTC 2021 Global Finals
Top startups will pitch world-class judges at the 2021 XTC Global Finals Presented by TechCrunch. Global Winners and Special Awards Winners will be announced.
Public Voting for People's Choice Awards
Vote for your favorite startup from the XTC 2021 Finalist Cohort!
The winner of the People's Choice Award will win a coveted spot to pitch on the main stage at the finale event - Extreme Tech Challenge 2021 Global Finals Presented by TechCrunch (July 22, 2021) - competing for the crown of Overall Winner of XTC 2021!
See the full list of the XTC 2021 finalists here
The Finalist Cohort will be invited to the virtual XTC Bootcamp and Global Finals in June to meet the VC and corporate executive evaluators, including ~50+ XTC Partners comprised of Ford, Intel, Cisco, ARM, Samsung, etc.
Selected Finalists will also pitch to XTC judges at the Category Finals, who will select the winner of each Category and the winner of each Special Award. These Category Winners will then advance to the final event, the Extreme Tech Challenge 2021 Global Finals Presented by TechCrunch.
*Final judges may recuse themselves if a conflict of interest exists