Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition, is back again for its fourth annual year, and had recently announced The Top 25 contenders at the CTA Innovate! And Celebrate. XTC is a competition that empowers entrepreneurs and their companies by providing visibility, resources and it gives competitors the ability to grow exponentially in scale and knowledge at a low to no incremental cost. They pull this all together into an experience that money cannot buy with showcase events at the world’s largest technology trade show, CES, which is also the next phase of their challenge.
XTC’s selected Top 25 will be narrowed down to the Top 10 Semi-Finalists who will then pitch on stage at CES to compete for the ultimate prize of global visibility and invaluable resources. Three finalists will then pitch their ventures on Necker Island alongside a phenomenal panel of judges.
XTC 2018 is proud to present the pioneering Judges’ panels for the Semi-Finals and the Final Round:
Sir Richard Branson - Founder of the Virgin Group, Investor & Philanthropist Returning XTC Finals Judge
Gary Shapiro - CEO Consumer Technology Association, Returning XTC Semi-Finals Judge
Koichi Narasaki - Chief Digital Officer, Sompo
Valery Vavilov - CEO, BitFury
Tom Siebel - Veteran software entrepreneur and founder of C3 IoT, Returning XTC Finals Judge
XTC 2018 Timeline
Stage I (October 11, 2017) - Top 25 Announcement
Stage II (November 9, 2017) - Top 10 Announcement at CES Unveiled NYC. Two months ahead of CES 2018 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 11, 2018) - XTC Semi-Finals at CES: Extreme Tech Challenge returns to CES Las Vegas for the semi-finals in 2018. 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 (February 28, 2018) - XTC Finals on Necker Island, Top 3 Finalists present to a panel of all-star judges, spearheaded by Branson
This year XTC is poised to welcome its largest pool of international contenders to date. The 2018 Top 25 companies reach beyond American borders, representing countries such as France, Norway, Australia, Germany, Rwanda and Singapore. The industries these companies represent are as diverse as their home base, with emphasis placed on verticals such as Virtual Reality,Blockchain, Sustainability, FinTech, IoT and more.
Past iterations of XTC have showcased the latest breakthroughs in sectors such as Virtual Reality, Healthcare, Genetics and Transportation, and this year proves to be even stronger. In an inspiring showcase of the evolving landscape of startup-driven discoveries, XTC serves as the platform where science and ingenuity collide to create a new paradigm of advancement in consumer, enterprise and medical tech. If you would like to keep up or stay connected with XTC follow their social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Visit them on their website as well if you’d like more information.