Dotterel, who make drone noise-reduction technology, and were a finalist in Callaghan Innovation’s 2015 C-Prize, have taken the opportunity to make contacts with other players in the drone industry and entered a pitching competition.

Co-founder Seamus Rowe says that being on the ground in Las Vegas is going a long way to getting the Howick start-up off the ground.

“The most valuable thing for us was to be able to walk up to the booths of major drone manufacturers and be taken seriously because we are here. We had some good meetings set up before we came, but managed lots of others.”