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.

  • Ethical AI Award
  • Positive Home Award


April 30 – May 3 est.

Finalists will be announced and invited to participate in the XTC Virtual Bootcamp and final judging for the Category Winners.

May 2021


Startup engagement with senior investors, corporate leaders and industry experts

2020 XTC Bootcamp

May 2021

Category Winners announced and invited to pitch at the 2021 Global Finals 
at VivaTech in Paris.

June 15-17 2021

Global Finals

Top startups will pitch world-class judges at VivaTech in Paris.

Global Winner and Special Awards Winners will be announced.

2020 XTC Global Finals


50+ 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 May. Selected Finalists will also pitch to XTC judges, who will select each Category Winners, the Female Founder Award Winner, the COVID-19 Innovation Award Winner, and the XTC Global Winner. XTC 2020 judges included Young Sohn (President and CSO, Samsung Electronics), Rafaele Tordjman (Founder, Jeito Capital), Philippe Botteri (Partner, Accel), Bill Tai (Co-Founder, Extreme Tech Challenge, Partner Emeritus, CRV), Tim Draper (Founding Partner, Draper Associates), and Jerry Yang (Founding Partner, AME Cloud Ventures).*

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