Skyborne takes off in Abu Dhabi

Skyborne is delighted to announce that we were selected in the Top 5 start-ups in the world for Krypto Lab’s Drone Innovation Start-Up Contest 2018 (DISC 2018). 

The Drone Innovation Start-Up Contest aims to recognise the top innovators from around the world who are redefining and pioneering the unmanned aerial vehicle landscape.  The application of these UAV’s span from the field of aerial photography, transportation and logistics to terrestrial mapping and law enforcement. 

Dr Michael Creagh (CEO and CTO) and Adrian Dudok (CBO and CFO) attended and Michael pitched live onstage for the grand finale held at Krypto Labs’ state-of-the-art premises in Masdar City on the 6th May.  The DISC attracted over 600 applications from 61 countries with the five finalists vying to win up to $500,000 USD in funding and mentorship. 

Skyborne had the opportunity to showcase the Cerberus GL, the tactical UAV at 6kg, to a great number of attendees consisting of industry experts, entrepreneurs and investors.   Addressing not only a gap in the tactical UAV market but also the adaptability and practical applications of the Cerberus GL that customers and investors seek. 

The top 5 was composed of a vast range of UAV start-ups, all pitching different product applications.

5th place: Internest - a French start-up designing a precision landing system utilising ultrasonic sensors.

4th place:  Inkonova – from Sweden start-up design a UAV that has wheels to either be a ground or aerial vehicle with a tilt-rotor design.

3rd place: Skyborne Technologies – lightest armed tactical UAV

2th place: Asylon – a US based start-up designing an automated battery swap station to increase UAV utilisation

1st place: Voliro – a Swiss start-up company has taken first prize with their tilt rotor UAV having the ability to carry out aerobatic manoeuvres for a variety of commercial applications. Congratulations team Voliro!

The pitch night was a phenomenal success and Skyborne had the opportunity to expand our network to include other start-ups and the Middle East, including their defence market.  

Skyborne would like to personally thank Krypto Labs' Managing Director, Dr Saleh Al Hashemi, for the opportunity provided to be part of DISC and showcase the Cerberus GL.  

The team with Krypto Labs' Managing Director, Dr Saleh Al Hashemi

The team with Krypto Labs' Managing Director, Dr Saleh Al Hashemi

 

Few photos of our tour in Abu Dhabi

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