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 four special awards in 2021

  • 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 (NEW)

    This award focuses on several areas of interest in AI development including bias in algorithms, transparency, traceability, and privacy, among others. The winner is poised to receive a seed investment and direct mentorship from the award sponsors: BGV, Samsung Electronics, NXP Semiconductors, Tech Mahindra and Global Corporate Venturing (GCV).


April 26 - May 27

Evaluation Period

Finalist applications will be evaluated

June 4

Finalists Announced

Finalists will be announced and invited to participate in the XTC Bootcamp

June 3 - June 11


Startup engagement with senior investors, corporate leaders and industry experts

XTC 2020 Bootcamp

June 21 - June 30

Category Finals

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

July 1

Category & Special Award Winners Announced

Announcement of the Category Winners & Special Awards Winners

July 22

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.

June 4 - July 11

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.

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