XTC 2017 returns to pit entrepreneurs against one another for a chance to pitch Sir Richard Branson for priceless mentorship, infrastructure, and resources
Extreme Tech Challenge 2017 – The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), a challenge that catapults contenders to the frontier of innovation, returns for a monumental third year – drawing ambitious entrepreneurs and technological trailblazers from across the globe. The challenge serves as an unprecedented opportunity, offering up resources money can’t buy: the chance to pitch Sir Richard Branson alongside a collective of high-caliber judges, and gain invaluable access to massive visibility, essential software and infrastructure prizes, and an unparalleled advice network of world-class contacts and mentors.
Hot on the heels of an amazing second year, XTC invites would-be contenders to apply now for XTC 2017 with incredible opportunities awaiting contestants at every level of competition. Cultivation of mentorship and valuable capital begins from the moment a prospect submits the application and continues through the final round, as all challengers are granted access to essential tools designed to accelerate companies in achieving their goals. Most critically, the semi-finals are set against the illustrious backdrop of the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and the final crowning of the champion taking place on Sir Richard Branson’s own Necker Island among an audience of the tech and business world’s sharpest leaders and movers-and-shakers.
Step behind-the-scenes of the Extreme Tech Challenge Finals at Necker Island with the XTC Finals 2016 – Highlight Video where health tech company Bloom Technologies was crowned 2016 champion with their pioneering wearable prenatal monitoring device. Showcasing many key moments with all three finalists and lead judge Sir Richard Branson throughout the course of the finals, the video gives 2017 applicants a taste of what’s to come.
Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of Consumer Technology Association (owners/producers of CES), describes XTC as “a once-in-a-lifetime competition unlike any other.” It’s at CES where ten semi-finalists present onstage live during the internationally-acclaimed convention, in addition to having their presentations streamed to a captive audience of tech industry followers online, culminating with the revelation of the Top 3 Finalists selected to pitch to Sir Richard Branson and a panel of the world’s leading entrepreneurs.
XTC encompasses each and every fathomable sector the tech world has to offer, from world leading innovations in genomics, robotic entertainment, immersive video, virtual reality, and legalized cannabis, and the contest is designed to propel cutting-edge companies whose technologies are shaping the future of our society, piloting aspirants (and their budding enterprise) squarely in the public eye. For a glimpse at last year’s competition, check out the XTC 2016 Semifinals at CES Video.
The contest occurs in stages, with each round bringing contestants critical exposure to a singular audience and community of tech and business stakeholders.
- Stage I – Fall 2016 – Top 25 Unveiling – A rigorous judging process from the get-go, the pool of applicants is narrowed down to the Top 25 startups, unveiled via live broadcast across the nation.
- Stage II – January 2017 – Top 10 Semi-Finalists at CES – The top 10 present LIVE on stage at CES to a panel of judges led by Consumer Technology Association CEO Gary Shapiro. In 2016, legendary investor Tim Draper, Author and Futurist Robert Scoble, TechStars founder and CEO David Cohen and Forbes Publisher Richard Karlgaard joined Shapiro in selecting the Top 3.
- Stage III – February 2017 – XTC Finals at Necker Island – Top 3 Finalists present to a panel spearheaded by Branson and fellow entrepreneurial luminaries. The XTC 2016 panel boasted MaiTai Global co-founder Bill Tai, and Founding Partner of Pacific Investimentos and most sought after investor in Brazil Veronica Serra, among other notable leaders.
XTC grants participants unprecedented access to key investors, serial entrepreneurs, and innovators who are ready to answer strategic questions, give insight and advise participants on the next steps to a successful business venture. In 2015, legendary Venture Capitalist Tim Draper, Investment Advisor for Marc Benioff and BadAss Advisors founder Mark Goldstein, as well as one of the first investors in Tesla Motors, Steve Westly, and more held online video chats with XTC applicants, with some being invited by investors to follow-up privately about funding opportunities. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements sharing key investors lined up for 2016.
ENTER THE CHALLENGE:
Applications are now open for prospective champions to enter the world’s swiftest technology competition in a race to the finals on Richard Branson’s Necker Island next year.
XTC 2017 is hosted by MaiTai Global, a vanguard collective of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, creators, and athletes. Participants combine their energy, network and resources to help each other achieve professional success, pushing the limits of work and play while also fueling philanthropic activities around the world.