With a new drone seeming to hit the shelves or Kickstarter every week, it might be a surprise to some there is a need to aid budding drone builders with their businesses and design. Barcelona-based Incubio is announcing 11 semifinalists for its Reimagine Drone program, backed by Hong Kong’s IoT accelerator Brinc.
“We’re thrilled to have such strong global talent represented by the first batch of semi-finalists for the Reimagine Drone incubator. By joining forces with Brinc and leveraging their know-how and resources from China, we are enabling this group of promising startups from all over the world to change how we use technology across drone automation, data analytics, agriculture, construction, public safety, aeronautics and more,” said Simón Lee, Managing Partner of Incubio.
Semifinalists from Spain include “lifeguard,” open-water rescue company General Drones and swarm robotics company Luminous Bees. Others include structural engineer aid Arkvida, flight control startup SkyDrones, glass-cleaning service company CleanDrone, agtech startup Poladrone, natural disaster response team SaveSarah, agtech security startup LunaMission, drone-charging company Edronic, online resource-sharing network Drone Share Club, and versatile all-surface landing manufacturer Kapetair.
“With Reimagine Drone, we’re combining Incubio’s proven online Lean Startup methodology with Brinc’s technical know-how and hardware expertise to develop a specialized program for startups who represent the future of drone services and applications. Although there will only be three finalists selected for the incubator stage in February, our goal is for all startups who are selected to participate to come away with the know-how to begin R&D and prototyping,” said Manav Gupta, CEO and founder of Brinc.
The program will start online for startups spread out in Hong Kong, Spain, Russia, and Italy. It represents the first of a three-stage, five-month-long competitive incubation program. The semifinals as it were include an “intensive online Lean Startup training” phase with an intense focus on hardware and manufacturing, including a trip to manufacturing centers in China. They will compete for three spots in the final in Barcelona.
The entrants for the May 2017 final will be announced next month where they will compete for €50,000.
“This is the first time that Barcelona will host a global incubator program in a market niche with such exponential growth potential. For this reason, we chose to partner with Incubio and Brinc,” said Joaquin Serra, Founder and President of Reimagine Drone and ambassador for Singularity University.