August 22nd, 2018

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) announces Extended Application Deadline for 2019

August 22, 2018  In celebration of the spirit of competition and entrepreneurship, ACTAI Global announces the extended deadline to enter Extreme Tech Challenge 2019 as September 21, 2018, allowing prospective challengers three additional weeks to enter the world’s swiftest tech contest. The decision to extend the application window for the fifth installment of XTC was made to allow for the inclusion of newly-minted vertical categories for the annual contest.

The race to Necker Island is on – Submit your venture to XTC 2019 today

This year’s challenge will cross a multitude of industries with Blockchain, Healthcare, FinTech, VR, or Sustainability topping the list of over 30 sectors for 2019. After the close of 2019 applications, XTC 2019 unfolds over 4 stages, each stage granting contestants unprecedented levels of global exposure and access to some of the world’s top entrepreneurs, tech pioneers and key investors. Judges for XTC 2019 will include prominent figureheads from Official Sponsors, the ACTAI Global network, Gary Shapiro (CEO of CTA), Sir Richard Branson and Bill Tai, co-founder of ACTAI Global and Venture Capitalist. By entering the race to Necker Island, competitors will also have the opportunity to win one – or more – of the many vertical prizes along the way.

XTC 2019 Timeline

Application Window Closes September 21st, 2018

Stage I – October 19,  2018 – Top 25 Unveiling:
A rigorous judging process from the get-go, the pool of applicants is narrowed down to the Top 25 startups to be announced during the XTC 2018 Finals on Necker Island.

Stage II – November 2018 – Top 10 Unveiling:
Two months ahead of CES 2019 only 10 Semi-Finalists will be selected from the Top 25 XTC challengers. In addition to unveiling the Semi-Finalists, the annual event showcases the future of tech before the new year.

Stage III – January 10, 2019 – XTC Semi-Finals at CES:
Extreme Tech Challenge returns to CES Las Vegas for the semi-finals in 2019. This stage of the contest will see the chosen Top 10 pitch their tech live on-stage in hope of being one of three companies selected to move onto Necker Island.

Stage IV – April 3, 2019 – XTC Finals on Necker Island:
Top 3 Finalists present to a panel of all-star judges, spearheaded by Sir Richard Branson.

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 to our 2018 Sponsors: Sompo Holdings, BitFury, Ally & 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.