Top 25 announced in the Extreme Tech Challenge

The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) has announced the Top 25 contenders who will now enter the hotly-contested race to the finals on Richard Branson’s Necker Island.

The Top 25 represent nearly every sector of the entrepreneurial world – from connected hardware to virtual reality to breakthroughs in medical procedures. At stake is the ultimate prize of global visibility, with three finalists to pitch their ideas to Richard and a phenomenal panel of judges. They’ll also receive invaluable resources to amplify their success and scale their businesses along the way.

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Among the Top 25 are Tel Aviv’s cyber-threat prevention enterprise Intezer Labs and health and wellness company Mobile ODT, who have created the Enhanced Visual Assessment System – a powerful tool to help in health assessments and clinical tracking. Also on the Top 25 is London-based connected hardware company Canaria, who are focused on changing the current limitations of wearable space technologies.

From the USA, there are a range of businesses from health and wellness, enterprise, virtual reality, medicine and transportation that have all made the Top 25. New York City based medical company Cresilon uses plant-based materials to conceive a gel to stop a bleed effectively, changing the way that physicians respond to lacerations. Another medical business that has a place in the Top 25 is EkoDevices, who built a stethoscope that converts between digital and analogue modes, and features the largest self-contained audio driver of any stethoscope on the market.

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EmergeNow has also made the Top 25 list, with their technology that utilises ultrasound to enable uses to pair existing devices with an augmented reality, creating an immersive experience within a shared virtual environment, allowing people to interact with loved ones like never before.

The Top 25 will now join the MaiTai community at their annual Ocean Gala in December, where the Top 10 will be announced. Following this, the semi-finalists must immediately prepare to travel to Las Vegas, where they will present live on stage at CES 2017.

From there, three finalists will move to the final stage of XTC 2017 at Necker Island to pitch their idea one last time for all-star judges including Richard Branson, founder of C3 IoT Tom Siebel, managing partner of Aspect Ventures Theresia Gouw, founder and CEO of Breyer Capital Jim Breyer, and CTO of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign Stephanie Hannon.

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