The world's largest
startup competition

For entrepreneurs addressing global challenges


Extreme Tech Challenge: A global platform and competition showcasing the world’s most innovative, purpose driven startup companies.

Extreme Tech Challenge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation whose mission is to empower startups creating new tech innovations to address global challenges. It is the world’s largest ecosystem and competition for purpose-driven technology inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Extreme Tech Challenge™ competition is supported by leading corporations, venture capital investors, foundations, policymakers, universities and tech conferences to give exceptional startups the potential for global visibility, the opportunity to raise capital, the ability to network with global leaders, and access to world-class mentorship to help them pioneer technological breakthroughs that address our most extreme global challenges.


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:


Competitors will submit their startup in one of 7 categories which bundle the UN SDG’s. These are, in alphabetical order only:

Advanced Materials
Agtech & FOOD
Cleanteach, Energy and environment
Digital Health
Enabling Tech
Sustainable Smart Cities
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.
People's Choice Award

Competition Highlights

Applications from 92 countries
Investors on the XTC Evaluation Committee
XTC Partners
Average Raised among Completed Applicants
Average Raised among 80 Global Finalists

Benefits for Startups

Global Visibility
Access to investors & partners
Corporate collaborations
World class mentorship



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


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

Global Winner and Special Awards Winners will be announced.

2020 XTC Global Finals