July 18th, 2018

Taking Applications for Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) 2019 – Deadline Approaching Soon

Startups from across the globe encouraged to apply by August 31st, 2018

“We are hunting for people and ideas that can literally change the world.”
Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group

The opportunity of a lifetime awaits you as the world’s ultimate startup contest, ACTAI Global’s Extreme Tech Challenge has opened its doors for the 2019 season. Until August 31st, entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit their ventures for consideration to join the race to Necker Island as XTC looks ahead to its fifth season.

By signing up for XTC 2019, contestants can gain life-changing experiences and assets that money cannot buy. Not only do participants receive access to some of the world’s top entrepreneurs, tech pioneers and key investors but are also able to gain exposure to a global audience and the chance to network with some of the most brilliant and influential technology dignitaries.

“Being a part of the Extreme Tech Challenge allowed us to present our product directly to some of the biggest names in the tech industry and gather valuable feedback that helped us shape the next steps in the development of Wanderu. We also used the opportunity to garner high-quality media coverage which, in turn, brought many new users to the Wanderu platform.”

Polina Raygorodskaya, Wanderu

Each year, this epic competition unfolds over 4 stages and catapults contestants to unprecedented levels of public attention while surrounding them with some of the most influential players in the tech industry. In addition to the superb training and support throughout the incubation process, contestants also get the opportunity to publicly pitch their ventures at CES, the world’s largest technology trade show in Las Vegas. The sheer magnitude of the industry’s elite startup prospects converging in the most advantageous entrepreneurial contest in the world is unrivaled.

Ending in a unique final, the top three contestants are then invited to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, where a judging panel of top tier entrepreneurs and tech pioneers will crown the winner.

Looking ahead, XTC 2019 will announce the highly-anticipated Top 25 contestants moving forth in the fifth annual contest on Necker Island during the exciting XTC 2018 Finals, which are currently slated to take place on October 19th, 2018 during ACTAI Global’s Necker Island Week.

In previous years, XTC has showcased some of the world’s fastest rising startups with names like Canva, Sphero, Doctor on Demand, Wanderu, Cresilon and Bloomlife. Opportunities abound for contestants at every stage in their XTC journey.

We’d love to get your applications – Sign up for XTC 2019 now!


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ACTAI Global and XTC would like to extend a special thanks 2018 Sponsors: Sompo Holdings, BitFury, Ally Ventures & Plug and Play, OWC, Zoom, Jungle Creations, Cisco, Qualcomm, Meltwater, Samsung, IBM, Semi Finals Event Partner CES and Finals Event Partner, Necker Island.

About Extreme Tech Challenge

Extreme Tech Challenge is competition that empowers entrepreneurs and their companies by providing visibility, resources, and gives competitors the ability to grow exponentially in scale and knowledge at a low to no incremental cost. XTC strives to inspire and provide growth to up and coming entrepreneurs and business by surrounding them with mentors that to help guide them as they build on product success with business success.

XTC pulls this all together into an experience that money cannot buy with showcase events at the world’s largest technology trade show, CES, and also at Sir Richard Branson’s own Necker Island.