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XTC SPONSORSHIP SERIES PRESENTS: Meltwater as Sponsor for New Data & Analytics Vertical

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by xtc_admin No Comments

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) 2018 is excited to announce the addition of a data & analytics vertical for this year’s competition, which will focus on highlighting tomorrow’s most promising data science companies. The new vertical will be sponsored by Meltwater, a global leader in media intelligence. Meltwater’s Outside Insight technology uses advanced AI and data science to help more than 25,000 clients leverage valuable external data to make more informed business decisions. Meltwater was founded in Norway in 2001 by CEO Jorn Lyseggen, who bootstrapped the company with $15,000. Today it has more than 1,500 employees and 55 offices globally.

On their involvement in XTC 2018, Jorn Lyseggen, Meltwater Founder & CEO, said: “Meltwater has long been dedicated to supporting the next generation of tech startups through our data science hub, Shack15, in London and our non-profit, MEST, in Africa. I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s XTC and to support the next big innovators.”

Lyseggen will be the official judge for the Meltwater data & analytics prize. The winner of this vertical will receive 2 seats at a hot desk in one of Meltwater’s global Shack15 data science hub locations (including London, SF and Shanghai) for 3 months. Shack15 was launched in London in 2016 as a co-working and events space specifically focused on data science startups, as part of Meltwater’s commitment to fostering tech startup communities around the world.

Commenting on the partnership, XTC COO, Sabine Schindlbauer said: “We are delighted to welcome Meltwater as the official Data & Analytics Vertical sponsor. Their leading technology and media intelligence showcases exactly what our competition stands for, and their fantastic prize for the winner of the vertical will continue to help data-focused startups grow.”

About Meltwater
Meltwater helps companies make better, more informed decisions based on insights from the outside. More than 25,000 companies use the Meltwater media intelligence platform to stay on top of billions of online conversations, extract relevant insights, and use them to strategically manage their brand and stay ahead of their competition. With over 55 offices on six continents, Meltwater is dedicated to personal, global service built on local expertise. Meltwater also operates the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a nonprofit organization devoted to nurturing future generations of entrepreneurs.For more information, follow Meltwater on TwitterFacebookLinkedInYouTube, or visit


Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by xtc_admin No Comments

Are you thinking about applying for the Extreme Tech Challenge? The 4th XTC competition is well under way, and applications are closing soon. Check out our list of the Top 10 Reasons to apply, and embark on the Ultimate Startup Adventure today.

  1. Gain unprecedented access to key investors
  2. Scale your business rapidly
  3. Get the chance to form strategic partnerships
  4. Gain experience and assets that “money can’t buy”
  5. Pitch live on stage at CES, the world’s largest technology tradeshow
  6. Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to pitch on Necker Island in front of a judging panel, spearheaded by Sir Richard Branson
  7. Expose your business to a global audience
  8. Receive widespread public recognition
  9. Gain access to a high caliber community with movers and shakers across various industries
  10. Hang out with fellow entrepreneurs, investors, lemurs, flamingos, turtles and lots of like-minded people on Necker Island and at other XTC related events


Still not convinced? Here’s what our XTC 2017 Winner, Tobin Fisher, had to say about the competition:

“Winning the Extreme Tech Challenge has resulted in tremendous public recognition. It opened a number of doors to investments and to partners. Running a business is ultimately all about the people.”
Tobin Fisher, Vantage Robotics

and XTC 2015 Finalist Polina Raygorodskaya;

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. Most importantly, though, Sir Richard Branson’s own favorable comments about our product helped establish Wanderu as a powerful brand within the travel field.”
Polina Raygorodskaya, Wanderu

It’s not too late to apply for the Extreme Tech Challenge. Applications are open until August 15th. Apply today and you could be heading to Necker Island in just six months.

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Submission deadline is August 31st, 2017.

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