Call for Applications: The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) global start-up competition
The Extreme Tech ChallengeSM (XTC) global start-up competition discovers and supports new technologies and innovations to solve the world's most extreme problems. Drawing from the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, XTC® partners will encourage the world’s most promising entrepreneurs to develop solutions to the greatest challenges facing humankind. The XTC® Competition will also connect innovators with a network of investors and entrepreneurs and provide up to $10,000,000 in funding to top contenders.
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. Applicants must be legally incorporated – or registered – in their country of origin. The proposed business cannot be in violation of any intellectual property rights, including but not limited to patent infringement.
Deadline for submission: Ongoing
Illustration Photo: In 2015, the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) invested in sustainable biodiversity by providing a grant to Kigali Farms to map and domesticate the mycological riches of the country’s forests. This investment has created an inventory of edible mushroom populations in Rwanda's forest ecosystems and identified species that are suitable for export and have the potential for cultivation. Today, mushrooms grown in Rwanda are exported across the region, improving the health and livelihoods of tens of thousands of farmers and customers. (credits: Rwanda Green Fund / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0))