Ten tech startups are a step closer to experiencing what Richard Branson calls the “perfect environment for disruption”.

The semifinalists in the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) will compete in Vegas, at the world’s largest consumer electronics show, CES2018, in January, for a chance to book their place in the final, which will take place on Necker Island.

“We are incredibly proud of this year’s group as they exhibit variety and are poised to disrupt current technology trends, and tackling the most pressing issues our generation,” said Bill Tai, Co-Founder of XTC.

The startups heading to Las Vegas are pioneering disruptive solutions in areas including blockchain, tech, circular economy and mobility. Check out the 10.

And they have big shoes to fill. The 2017 winner, Vantage Robotics, is transforming the aerial camera industry with products that produce amazing imagery, while also being safe to use.

“Three years ago, Vantage Robotics CEO and co-founder, Tobin Fisher cut his hand on a plastic-bladed quadrotor. Frustrated by his injury, he created Snap, a safe and easy-to-use flying camera that produces stunning aerial video and stills. My fellow judges and I were so impressed by the bright and young Vantage Robotics team and their strong commitment to simplicity and safety,” blogged Richard Branson.

The final three for the 2018 instalment will showcase their products in front of a panel, led by the island’s most famous inhabitant, in February next year. The winner will have access to an amazing network of internationally-renowned entrepreneurs with great networks and resources.