In Search of 2017’s Best Drone Startup

An knowledgeable panel of judges from prime funding companies has made the primary lower.  Of the 65 drone startups who submitted their purposes to The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) to compete within the Startup Showdown at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2017 convention, the record has been winnowed to 16 semi-finalists.

The 65 applicant corporations coated an enormous selection of drone associated applied sciences and purposes: starting from modern imagery payloads to different energy options. The 16 semi-finalists additionally cowl rather a lot of floor.  Companies manufacturing heavy cargo drones will compete towards startups providing STEM-based instructional robotics kits; there are marine drones, hybrid gasoline drones, and surveillance drones.  There are producers of tiny sensors, new imaging options, and AI merchandise.

“Advances in technology and regulatory changes have ushered in an era of seemingly limitless opportunity for unmanned systems,” mentioned Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO. “More than 65 companies from six different countries submitted some of the most interesting and innovative applications for our industry, highlighting the future of innovation across the unmanned systems and robotics ecosystem.”

The winner of the Startup Showdown takes a $15,000 money prize, a go to AUVSI’s Startup Connection,
one on one consulting time with the judges – who come from Qualcomm Ventures and Westbury Group – and, maybe most significantly, recognition and publicity at one of the business’s largest commerce exhibits.

While drone expertise will be sophisticated to clarify even in an hour lengthy presentation, the Startup Showdown requires rivals to pare their pitches to the necessities.  “16 semi-finalists will compete in a closed, knockout round at XPONENTIAL, with three finalists emerging to compete in the live Startup Showdown,” says AUVSI. “Each finalist will have six minutes to make their final presentation, followed by an additional six minutes of Q&A.”  Attendees of the present are invited to attend the stay Startup Showdown.

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 will likely be held on the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas from May eight to 11, 2017.

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