Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is the world’s largest ecosystem and competition for purpose-driven technology inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). XTC is proud to announce the launch of our inaugural XTC Marine Tech Startup Innovation Challenge at the Sustainable Ocean Solutions Summit during One Ocean Conference in Bergen, Norway. This year’s conference will focus on 3 missions: Green transition and new thinking in shipping, New energy solutions for the future, and Sustainable seafood proteins to meet global food demand. The Conference will bring together industry leaders, politicians, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and students – to discover, connect, and collaborate on how we together can find solutions for a more sustainable use of ocean resources.

We are seeking new ventures that have developed breakthrough innovations in:


We’re looking for innovative solutions to help improve water quality, fish health, waste management, pathogen recognition, remote sensing, data collection, autonomous control, inspection and maintenance, and address other industry challenges.


We’re looking for innovative solutions to help increase efficiency, enhance marine security, optimize maritime traffic management, improve yard operations, optimize truck turnaround times, reduce environmental impact on local communities, and address other industry challenges.


We’re looking for innovative solutions to help increase energy efficiency, enhance marine security, monitor disruptions to marine habitats, optimize maritime traffic management, improve sustainability and increase profitability, and address other industry challenges.


We’re looking for innovative solutions to help identify bio-active compounds in marine life, characterize biodiversity in marine environments, repel and exterminate sea lice naturally, enhance the microbiome in common fish species to improve fish health and performance, and address other industry challenges.


We’re looking for innovative solutions to help improve ocean monitoring, enhance communications and data telemetry systems, reduce strain on human resources, increase cybersecurity for marine assets, provide low-logistics underwater measurement and surveillance, and address other industry challenges.

All entries will go through the XTC evaluation process, with finalists invited to present at the One Ocean Conference on April 18, 2023 in Bergen, Norway.


Application Deadline: February 26, 2023

Judging Evaluation to select the top 8 pitching on stage: February 28 – March 3, 2023

Public Announcement of Top 8 Finalists: March 6, 2023

Private Pitch & Judges Deliberations to Select the Winner: March 13, 2023

Live Pitch Day & Announcement of Winner: April 18, 2023

Why Apply

Global Visibility: Live Pitch at the One Ocean conference in Bergen, Norway on April 18, 2023.

Access to Corporate Executives: Exposure to corporate executives, VCs and more attending the One Ocean conference.

Potential for Corporate Strategic Partnership: Network with influential industry leaders, with potential for business development and collaboration.


Must be a privately-funded startup company

Working on tech innovations in Marine Tech, specifically:


See Official Rules



Founding Managing Partner, Walden Catalyst Ventures
Co-Founder, Extreme Tech Challenge
Chairman of the Board, HARMAN International


Partner, Walden Catalyst Ventures

Adam de Sola Pool

Blue Angels Investment Group

Alexander Bergo

Director Innovation Norway San Francisco and Palo Alto
Innovation Norway

Anders Vartdal

Venture Analyst - Emerging Opportunities Portfolio
Wilhelmsen Group

Angela Tay

Senior Investment Associate

Anthony Bellafiore

Investment Manager
Katapult Ocean

Dennis Liu

Managing Director - Tech Clients
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Elisabeth Øvstebø

Investment Director/Co-Founder
Link Capital

Fredrik Harloff

Chief Innovation Officer
GC Rieber

Ingrid Maurstad

Investment Manager
Katapult Ocean

Markus Böhm

Investment Manager
Planet Ocean Fund

Oliver Risse

Investment Partner

Peter Bryant

Program Director Oceans
Builders Vision

Ronald Tardiff

Acting Lead, Ocean Innovation
World Economic Forum

Sabrina Paseman

Omni Venture Labs

Simon Lancaster

Omni Venture Labs

Svein Ove Langeland

Investment Director
Momentum Partners

Evaluation Criteria

Finalists and Winners will be selected based on the Judges’ assessment of the following equally-weighted criteria:

  • TECH FOR GOOD / RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION FOR A RADICALLY BETTER WORLD – Is this innovative product addressing a significant global challenge to society and/or the environment, and can this startup’s product have a wide-reaching impact on same?
  • PRODUCT/MARKET FIT – Is there traction and enough scale in the addressable market for sufficient growth/profit to be an attractive investment?
  • PRODUCT INNOVATION – Is this a disruptive innovation that is differentiated from competitive or substitute offerings?
  • TEAM – Is this team uniquely qualified to develop this project? Do they strongly understand their users and the industry and ecosystem in which they operate? Do they have the determination and endurance to carry this through to completion?