Date/Deadline: 31 Mar, 2021

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.

ELIGIBILITY
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.

EVALUATION
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

CATEGORIES
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.

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