The winner of the Lord Mayor Budding Entrepreneur Round 6 is..... Adrian Dudok
No, not really, the real winner here is Skyborne Technologies.
I was one of fifteenth start-up founders that was awarded a funding grant from the Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program, mid 2016. Firstly, I would like to say how delighted I am to be a part of this young, enthusiastic, intelligent and innovative start-up business. However, I honestly don't believe this award is the effort of one individual but rather, the combined efforts of a dedicated and talented team.
The Lord Mayor's award provides $5,000 to spend on entrepreneurial development activities, which lucky includes developing Skyborne's business capabilities - which is exactly how we intend to utilize it. Without the team and fellow founders there would be no personal entrepreneurial development, because there would not be a start-up named 'Skyborne' to develop a business evolved around technology, robotics and innovation.
How do we intend to use this grant? Good question. My initial thoughts were to give everyone a pay rise.... But we decided to be sensible and use it to fund a trip to Singapore's Tech Innovation event, in September 2016 (pending event finalisation), to pitch our start-up business model at an aerospace accelerator. Exciting right? Any unused funding will goes towards further processing our UAV design 'Patent' to extend to a national level.
To finish things off, I will take credit for taking time to fill in the application for this funding grant, but all the hard work from the team at Skyborne Technologies is starting to pay off. All grant funds help, even if they are a small amount, because being a hardware start-up developing a product in the aerospace sector, implements further budget constraints to bring a innovative product to the shelf and to industries that require these solutions fast. So I hope in the future we can win awards like, Robotic Manufacturer of the Year (I am very optimistic and who knows if this award even exists).
I have included below a few quotes taken from the Digital Brisbane website, promoting the winners of the Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program Round 6. It's compelling to see the vast range of entrepreneurs living in the state of QLD and pushing their innovative limits.
Till next award, thanks for your time and support.
Adrian Dudok - Chief Business Officer