Extreme Tech Challenge Brazil Competition Shines the Spotlight on Brazilian Startups Solving the World’s Most Challenging Problems

October 1, 2020—Sao Paulo, Brazil— StartSe and Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) announced today the launch of “XTC Brazil” to elevate and support Brazilian startups that are building game-changing businesses that drive positive societal impact. XTC Brazil is one of many exciting regional events held by XTC, the world’s largest startup competition for entrepreneurs addressing global challenges.

XTC Brazil will take place on October 30, during StartSe's Silicon Valley Web Conference, which promises to be the biggest innovation, technology, and digital transformation event ever held in Latin America. The event has already garnered over 300,000 registrations and has confirmed over 100 speakers including Tim Draper of Draper Associates, Marc Tarpenning of Tesla, Michael Seibel of Y Combinator, Henrique Dubagras of Brex, Hugo Barra of Facebook, and David Velez of Nubank.

“In these times of global pandemic and ever-increasing and destructive natural disasters, there is an urgent need for innovative solutions that can help address the world’s most extreme problems,” said Young Sohn, Chairman of the Board, HARMAN International, Founding Managing Partner, Walden Catalyst, Co-Founder, Extreme Tech Challenge.

“Brazilian startups have a rich history of creating cutting-edge technologies that help drive social change and improve the lives of many. That’s why we are proud to support the launch of XTC Brazil and lead the first regional startup competition in South America,” said Bill Tai, Co-Founder of XTC and Partner Emeritus, Charles River Ventures.

"XTC is an extremely important event for the global startup's ecosystem. Hosting this first edition in Brazil is an immense honor", says Junior Borneli, founder and CEO of StartSe. "At StartSe we have around us large corporations and startups from the most diverse sectors and industries. They are disrupting their respective markets creating revolutionary and impactful businesses."

The XTC Brazil Evaluation Committee will review all applicants. Ten startups will then be selected to pitch leading regional and global venture capitalists in front of a live audience on October 30. XTC judges include Antoine Colaço of Valor Capital Group, Carlos Kokron of Qualcomm Ventures, Chris Chu of Samsung Catalyst Fund, and Pat Burtis of Amadeus Capital.

The judges will select three winning startups that will advance to the Extreme Tech Challenge Global Finals in May and June 2021. Additionally, the three selected Finalists will be eligible to participate in the XTC Bootcamp in May 2021 with mentorship and training provided by world-leading tech leaders and investors. They will also get the chance to vie for the title of Global Winner of Extreme Tech Challenge.

Brazilian startups that are building scalable businesses with positive societal impacts in the fields of healthcare, education, fintech, transportation, smart cities, cleantech, energy, agritech, food, and water, and enabling technologies are invited to apply at https://extremetechchallenge.org by October 9, 2020.

About StartSe

StartSe’s mission is to ensure that companies and people of the most varied professional activities are prepared to not only face this transformation but also to lead the technological disruption in the universe of the New Economy. We are talking about jobs that do not yet exist, in companies that are not even an idea, which will heal pains that have not yet appeared. Learn more about the Silicon Valley Web Conference by Startse at https://www.startse.com/svwc/svwc-en.

About the Extreme Tech Challenge

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is a USA nonprofit devoted to elevating the next generation of entrepreneurs creating new technologies and innovations that benefit humankind. Inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) competition is the world’s largest startup competition for entrepreneurs addressing global challenges. 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 Extreme Tech Challenge is sponsored by 40 world-leading corporations including Samsung Electronics, Microsoft, Deutsch Telecom, Ford, Intel, Cisco, NXP, TechCrunch, Vivatech, and ARM. Learn more at https://extremetechchallenge.org.