Enter the Extreme Tech Challenge for a chance to:
• Pitch Sir Richard Branson
• Present LIVE on stage at CES
• Get infrastructure & investment


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The Extreme Tech Challenge



The Extreme Tech Challenge brings together targeted resources and world class advisors to help high-energy, wicked-smart entrepreneurs that are executing on big ideas. We aim to "lower the friction to your success" by providing exposure and capital to accelerate product and free infrastructure

and other start-up boosters from world class vendors to scale. Importantly, we aim to have extreme fun along the way – the final pitch and feedback session will be held at Necker Island – with Sir Richard Branson as our special guest judge. Are YOU ready to give it your best shot?

The Process

Sep 30, 2014: Submission Deadline

Submit company overview deck (10 slides max)

Submit video elevator pitch Youtube link (2 min max)

Submit link to working product, prototype, or demo

Oct 15, 2014: Qualifiers Notified

Additional information requested

Nov 7, 2014: Top 25 Announced

Follow-up interview conducted online

Introduction to XTC Investor/Partner Network

Star Pack (Startup boosters and resources) awarded to semi-finalists

Dec 1, 2014: Top 10 Selected

Ticket to present live at CES 2015

Superstar Pack (boosters and resources) awarded to finalists

Invite to a MaiTai Global event

Jan 6-9, 2015: Semi-Finals at CES 2015

Top 10 XTC finalists present to XTC Judges Circle

Live global broadcasting and media coverage

XTC Top 3 selected and invited to Necker Island Finals

Finalist Pack (boosters and resources) awarded to top 3

Feb 6, 2015: Necker Island Finals

Top 3 and XTC All-Star Judges/Mentors converge on Necker Island

Top 3 Present to Sir Richard Branson and All-star XTC Judges

Entrepreneur working sessions with All-star XTC Judges/Mentors

XTC Champion selected; prizes awarded

Awards: Fuel to Lift-off


Top contestants, semi-finalists, and finalists will be awarded startup boosters and resources, which include:

Access to funding
Free infrastructure (web services and hosting)
Distribution support
Donated office space
Free investment banking consultation
Donated legal and tax advice




Backup and disaster recovery


Infrastructure credits


Infrastructure credits


Infrastructure credits


"XTC Academy"
Weekly Entrepreneurship Seminars for Contestants

All-Star Judging Panel Includes

Sir Richard Branson

The ultimate entrepreneur, adventurer, and CEO the Virgin Group

Felix Baumgartner

Extreme sport athlete and B.A.S.E. jumper

Lars Rasmussen

Head of Facebook Search, Inventor of Google Maps

Young Sohn

President & Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung; Past CEO of 2 publicly listed tech companies

Gary Shapiro

CEO, Consumer Electronics Association, producer of CES, the world's largest consumer electronics show.

Meet the Organizers

Bill Tai

XTC Co-founder
Venture investor, past-board member of 7 public companies he funded as start-ups

Kym McNicholas

XTC Executive Director
Emmy award-winning tech journalist and entrepreneur

Susi Mai

XTC Co-founder
President of MaiTaiGlobal

Ali Dagli

XTC Value Exchange
Director, GP Bullhound

Meet the XTC Advisory Council

Loic Le Meur

Co-founder, LeWeb

Othman Laraki

Founder of Color Genomics, Ex-VP of Product at Twitter, Angel Investor

Robert Scoble

Startup Liason Officer at Rackspace, Blogger, Author

Tim Draper

Founder Partner, DFJ

Silvia von Gunten

Head of Technology Pioneer Program and North America Membership, World Economic Forum

Sponsors Include

Press & Buzz

Interested in covering XTC?

Apply for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Submit NOW for access to XTC Academy, an exclusive series of seminars and working sessions to help you reach your full potential
You could make it to Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson