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Topic Page No.
Scope of Report 05
Entrepreneur Activity 07
Investment Trend 09
Who is...
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Illustrative Sectors We Track
ENTERPRISE
INFRASTRUCTURE
CONSUMER
SECURITY
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NETWORKING
MOB...
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Sector Overview
Scope of Report:
This report covers companies that provide hardware, hardware pa...
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YoY – Number of Rounds and Total Funding
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Average Ticket Size – Early Stage
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$1.3M $1.2M $1.1M
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Top investments in last one year
Company
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Amount
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dji.com
DJI
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Top investments in last one year
Company
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Date Investors
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Funnel view of Sector
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Where are Top Investors investing
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Qualcomm
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Top Investor by Stage of Entry
Techstars 4
Y Combinator 4
Andreessen Horowitz 3
Founder Collect...
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Scope of Report
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Top IPOs in last three years
IPO Date Company Overview
Funding
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Major Acquisitions in last one year
Date Company Acquirer Deal Size Overview
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Top Business Models by Funding
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UAV Manufacturers – Business Model Description
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UAV Manufacturers – Entrepreneur Activity and
Investment Trend
$3M $4M $3M $4M $23M $49M
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UAV Manufacturers – Most Funded Companies
Company Overview Business Model
Funding
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dji.co...
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Software – Business Model Description
This business model includes software applications and pl...
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Software – Entrepreneur Activity and Investment
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Software – Most Funded Companies
Company Overview Business Model
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End-To-End Solution Providers – Entrepreneur
Activity and Investment Trend
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End-To-End Solution Providers – Most Funded
Companies
Company Overview Business Model
Funding
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Service Providers – Business Model Description
Companies that provide services using drones man...
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Service Providers – Entrepreneur Activity and
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Service Providers – Most Funded Companies
Company Overview Business Model
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Counter-drone Systems – Entrepreneur Activity
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Counter-drone Systems – Most Funded Companies
Company Overview
Business
Model
Funding
Amount
dr...
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Interesting Seed Companies
Company Overview Business Model
Total
Funding
augmentedpixels.com
Au...
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Interesting Series A Companies
Company Overview Business Model
Total
Funding
yuneec.com
Yuneec
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Interesting Late Stage Companies
Company Overview Business Model
Total
Funding
dji.com
DJI
(200...
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Top Funded Deadpooled Companies
Company Overview Business Model
Funding
Amount
viastork.com
Sto...
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Scope of Report
Entrepreneur Activity
Investment Trend
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Useful Links
Slide Title Content Platform Link
List of All Companies in readable format Compani...
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Drones – Company List
COVERS THE FOLLOWING SECTORS
UAV
Manufacturers
Software
End-to-end Soluti...
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UAV Manufacturers (1/92)
UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Provi...
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Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer
Ehang [Guangzhou, 2014]: Eh...
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UAV Manufacturers (3/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer
Funaster [Delhi, 2014]: Fun...
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UAV Manufacturers (4/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer
Speedwolf [Shenzhen, 2013]:...
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UAV Manufacturers (5/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer
Powervision [Beijing, 2015]...
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UAV Manufacturers (6/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer
Cheerson Hobby [Shenzhen, 2...
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UAV Manufacturers (7/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer
Walkera [Guangzhou, 1994]: ...
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UAV Manufacturers (8/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer
Emelody Worldwide [Atlanta,...
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UAV Manufacturers (9/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - Photography
Yuneec [Shang...
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UAV Manufacturers (10/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - Photography
iDrone [Salt...
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UAV Manufacturers (11/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - Photography
UP&GO [Miami...
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UAV Manufacturers (12/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - Photography
Snelflight [...
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UAV Manufacturers (13/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
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Smart Drones...
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UAV Manufacturers (14/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - Photography
ONAGOfly [De...
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UAV Manufacturers (15/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - Photography
Seraphim [Sa...
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UAV Manufacturers (16/92)
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Mota [San Jo...
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UAV Manufacturers (17/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
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Squadrone Sy...
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UAV Manufacturers (18/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
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UAV Manufacturers (19/92)
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Consumer - Gaming
Axis Drones [Mace...
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UAV Manufacturers (20/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - DIY Kits
Flexbot [Los An...
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UAV Manufacturers (21/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - DIY Kits
Phenox Lab [Tok...
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UAV Manufacturers (22/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - FPV
Nine Eagles [Hasting...
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UAV Manufacturers (23/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Consumer - FPV
FLYBi [Hexham, 2014]...
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UAV Manufacturers (24/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Commercial
Delair-Tech [Toulouse, 2...
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UAV Manufacturers (25/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
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Top Flight Technologies ...
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UAV Manufacturers (26/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Commercial
Fly-n-Sense [Paris, 2008...
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UAV Manufacturers (27/92)
Company Details Funding Investors
Commercial
Vinveli [Cedar Rapids, 2...
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  1. 1. Drones Report, July 2016 Tracxn World’s Largest Startup Research Platform 2
  2. 2. Drones Report, July 20163 Contents 3 Topic Page No. Scope of Report 05 Entrepreneur Activity 07 Investment Trend 09 Who is Investing 17 Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions 21 Sub Sector Analysis 24 Interesting Companies 40 Useful Links 45 Company List 47 Team 255
  3. 3. Drones Report, July 20164 Illustrative Sectors We Track ENTERPRISE INFRASTRUCTURE CONSUMER SECURITY STORAGE NETWORKING MOBILITY IT OPS CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE API MANAGEMENT BIGDATA INFRASTRUCTURE FOOD TECH SECOND HAND GOODS MOBILE EDUCATION MOBILE COMMERCE MOBILE PAYMENTS MOBILE MARKETING MOBILE DEV TOOLS MOBILE HEALTH MOBILE GAMING MOBILE LEARNING MOBILE COMMUNICATION EDUCATION IT SELF LEARNING ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS HEALTHCARE SAAS MOBILE-FIRST ENT. APPS INTELLIGENT ENT. APPS OPEN SOURCE RETAIL TECH MARKETING TECH STEALTH MODE VERTICAL SAAS LIFE SCIENCES DIGITAL HEALTH TECHNOLOGY FINTECH INTERNET OF THINGS 3D PRINTING CONSUMER ROBOTICS WEARABLES SMART HOMES DRONES SMART CARS VIRTUAL REALITY BITCOIN PAYMENTS
  4. 4. Drones Report, July 20165 Sector Overview Scope of Report: This report covers companies that provide hardware, hardware parts and peripherals, software, services, end-to-end solutions relating to rotary and fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for consumer, commercial and military purposes. Companies that provide drone-enabled services for media production, inspections and other applications are covered. The report also covers companies that provide counter-drone systems (systems that perform drone detection or drone disabling or both). The accessories covered under hardware parts and peripherals include, among others, image stabilization gimbals, navigation modules, sensors, controllers. The rise of non-military drones in the past few years has been facilitated by large amounts of private funding. The report does not cover unmanned ground, surface and underwater vehicles. It also excludes resellers, distributors and multi- brand retailers of drones, and drone-focused news media and review and discussion forums. Important Funding Events in 2016 YTD: • Airware - $30M in Mar 2016 from Next World Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and KPCB • Airobotics - $28.5M in Jun 2016 from UpWest Labs, BlueRun Ventures, Charles River VC and others • Zero Zero Robotics - $23M in Apr 2016 from GSR Ventures, Zhenfund, IDG Ventures and others • PrecisionHawk - $18M in Apr 2016 from Intel Capital, NTT Docomo Ventures, Verizon Ventures and others The scope of this report includes equity as well as debt funding received by the companies.
  5. 5. Drones Report, July 2016 Scope of Report Entrepreneur Activity Investment Trend Who is Investing Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Sub Sector Analysis Interesting Companies Useful Links Company List Team 66
  6. 6. Drones Report, July 2016 39 55 83 135 224 222 20 0 50 100 150 200 250 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 YTD NumberofCompanies 7 YoY – Number of companies founded Augmented Pixels Airware Swift Navigation Skycatch Ehang Talon Aerolytics Spectr AIRINOV PrecisionHawk Flypro Kespry Airobotics Drone Racing League AeroHawgle Ltd.
  7. 7. Drones Report, July 2016 Scope of Report Entrepreneur Activity Investment Trend Who is Investing Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Sub Sector Analysis Interesting Companies Useful Links Company List Team 88
  8. 8. Drones Report, July 20169 YoY – Number of Rounds and Total Funding Note: The funding includes debt rounds also. $3M $8M $3M $5M $28M $89M $191M $1.0B $289M 3 8 3 10 18 36 58 102 49 0 24 48 72 96 120 0 240 480 720 960 1200 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 NumberofRounds FundingAmount(inMillions) Funding Amount Number of Rounds
  9. 9. Drones Report, July 201610 YoY – Number of Rounds by Stage 6 10 20 32 57 18 2 4 12 18 27 24 1 1 6 2 0 20 40 60 80 100 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 NumberofRounds Seed Early Late
  10. 10. Drones Report, July 201611 YoY – Funding by Stage $2M $7M $18M $26M $47M $12M$2M $11M $69M $153M $356M $199M $6M $10M $603M $48M 0 240 480 720 960 1200 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 TotalFundingAmount(inMillions) Seed Early Late
  11. 11. Drones Report, July 201612 Average Ticket Size – Early Stage $1.0M $1.3M $1.2M $1.1M $3.8M $12.8M $16.0M $7.4M $21.0M $17.5M $29.7M $16.1M 0.0 7.0 14.0 21.0 28.0 35.0 2013 2014 2015 2016 FundingAmount(inMillions) Seed Series A Series B
  12. 12. Drones Report, July 201613 Top investments in last one year Company Funding Amount Round Name Date Investors dji.com DJI (Shenzhen, 2006) $500M Series C Sep-2015 GIC, New China Life Insurance, New Horizon Capital yuneec.com Yuneec (Shanghai, 1999) $60M Series A Aug-2015 Intel Capital aeryon.com Aeryon Labs Inc. (Waterloo, 2007) $46M Series A Oct-2015 Summit Partners ehang.com Ehang (Guangzhou, 2014) $42M Series B Aug-2015 GGV Capital, LeBox Capital, PreAngel Partners, ZhenFund, Shenzhen Oriental Fortune Capital Management parrot.com Parrot (Paris, 1994) $35M PE Nov-2015 Bpifrance airware.com Airware (San Francisco, 2011) $30M Series C Mar-2016 Next World Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, KPCB airobotics.co.il Airobotics (Tel Aviv, 2014) $29M Series B Jun-2016 BlueRun Ventures, Charles River Ventures, UpWest Labs 3dr.com 3D Robotics (Berkeley, 2009) $27M Debt May-2016 Nautilus Ventures
  13. 13. Drones Report, July 201614 Top investments in last one year Company Funding Amount Round Name Date Investors gethover.com Zero Zero Robotics (Beijing, 2014) $23M Series A Apr-2016 GSR Ventures, ZhenFund, IDG ventures droneshield.com DroneShield (Herndon, 2014) $22M Series A Apr-2016 cyphyworks.com CyPhy Works (Danvers, 2008) $22M Series B Oct-2015 Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Nexus, General Catalyst Partners, Lux Capital, Motorola Solutions, United Parcel Service skycatch.com Skycatch (San Francisco, 2013) $22M Series B Aug-2015 Riverwood Capital, Avalon Ventures, Bee Partners, Sherpalo Ventures, Amino Capital precisionhawk.com PrecisionHawk (Indianapolis, 2011) $18M Series C Apr-2016 Verizon Ventures, USAA, Intel Capital, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Innovate Indiana Fund, NTT Docomo Ventures, YMVSV kespry.com Kespry (Menlo Park, 2013) $16M Series B Jun-2016 DCM airmap.com AirMap (Santa Monica, 2014) $15M Series A Apr-2016 General Catalyst Partners, Lux Capital, Social Capital, TenOneTen, Bullpen Capital, Pritzker Group delair-tech.com Delair-Tech (Toulouse, 2011) $14M Series B Mar-2016 Bpifrance, andromede
  14. 14. Drones Report, July 201615 Funnel view of Sector Percent of Previous 17% 37% 29% 38 9 18 62 169 988 0 240 480 720 960 1200 M&A & IPO Late Series B Series A Funded Founded Number of Companies
  15. 15. Drones Report, July 2016 Scope of Report Entrepreneur Activity Investment Trend Who is Investing Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Sub Sector Analysis Interesting Companies Useful Links Company List Team 6 16
  16. 16. Drones Report, July 201617 Most Active Investors in Sector 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 0 1 3 4 6 7 Andreessen Horowitz SV Angel GV Qualcomm Ventures Y Combinator Felicis Ventures Intel Capital Lux Capital Parrot Techstars TotalNumberofCompanies Airware Zipline Airware 3D Robotics Airware CyPhy Works Airware CyPhy Works MicaSense Skyward SkySafe Lily Robotics Skycatch Skycatch DroneBase Swift Navigation Yuneec AirMap Pix4D Neurala
  17. 17. Drones Report, July 201618 Where are Top Investors investing Andreessen Horowitz SV Angel GV Qualcomm Ventures Y Combinator Felicis Ventures Intel Capital Lux Capital Parrot Techstars UAV Manufacturers Matternet Lily Robotics Stork 3D Robotics CyPhy Works Stork Yuneec CyPhy Works Inova Drone Software Airware Skydio Airware Hivemapper Airware Iris Automation Vertical AI Airware AirMap Pix4D Skyward Neurala End-To-End Solution Providers Skycatch Skycatch PrecisionHawk AIRINOV Service Providers Zipline DroneBase Zipline DroneBase Drone detection SkySafe SkySafe Hardware Parts & Peripherals Swift Navigation Swift Navigation Moog Crossbow MicaSense Skysense
  18. 18. Drones Report, July 201619 Top Investor by Stage of Entry Techstars 4 Y Combinator 4 Andreessen Horowitz 3 Founder Collective 3 SV Angel 3 Space Angels Network 3 Start-Up Chile 3 Ben Franklin Technology Partners 2 Blackbird Ventures 2 Bloomberg Beta 2 Accel 1 Amino Capital 1 Andreessen Horowitz 1 Avalon Ventures 1 Bee Partners 1 Bessemer Venture Partners 1 BlueRun Ventures 1 Bpifrance 1 Bristow Group Inc 1 Cambridge Consultants 1 Seed Series A Series B Later Stage Felicis Ventures 3 GV 3 SV Angel 3 Sequoia Capital 3 Commercial Drone Fund 2 General Catalyst Partners 2 Lemnos Labs 2 Lux Capital 2 NEA 2 Promus Ventures 2 Intel Capital 2 Advantage Capital Partners 1 Andreessen Horowitz 1 Athenian Venture Partners 1 Atlantic Bridge Capital 1 Battery Ventures 1 Bpifrance 1 Cambridge Consultants 1 Cisco 1 Florida Gulfshore Capital 1
  19. 19. Drones Report, July 2016 Scope of Report Entrepreneur Activity Investment Trend Who is Investing Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Sub Sector Analysis Interesting Companies Useful Links Company List Team 0 20
  20. 20. Drones Report, July 201621 Top IPOs in last three years IPO Date Company Overview Funding Amount Jan-2016 department13.com Department 13 (Columbia, 2010) Builds wireless technology, including drone detection systems Apr-2015 dronevolt.com Drone Volt (Villepinte, 2011) UAV manufacturer for professional uses Jan-2015 valmie.com Valmie (Houston, 2014) Develops custom drone solutions - hardware and software - for clients. Jun-2013 deltadrone.com Delta Drone (Grenoble, 2011) Quadcopters, plane UAVs and payload sensors Jun-2007 cybaero.se CybAero (Linkoping, 2003) Develops and manufactures unmanned helicopters AeroVironment $3M Jan-2007 avinc.com AeroVironment (Simi Valley, ) Design, development and production of UAV Jun-2006 parrot.com Parrot (Paris, 1994) Connected products like drones, gardening and car kits for consumer Bpifrance, Seventure Partners $35.1M Mar-1995 lockheedmartin.com Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, 1995) Designs UAVs and unmanned systems for military
  21. 21. Drones Report, July 201622 Major Acquisitions in last one year Date Company Acquirer Deal Size Overview Total Funding Sep-2015 skybotix.com Skybotix (Zurich, 2009) GoPro Undisclosed Developer of advanced UAV navigation solutions Oct-2015 aetosgroup.com Aetos Group Inc (Houston, 2010) Mistras Group Undisclosed Service provider for the petrochemical and oil & gas industries May-2015 szsungreen.com Wingsland (Shenzhen, 2014) CNlight $2.42M Photography and Video Capture UAV Manufacturer Jul-2012 sensefly.com SenseFly (Cheseaux-sur- Lausanne, 2009) Parrot $5.067M Maker of the eBee and swinglet CAM mini-UAVs Apr-2012 gatewing.com Gatewing (Ghent, 2008) Trimble Undisclosed UAVs for photogrammetry and rapid terrain mapping applications Apr-2014 titanaerospace.com Titan Aerospace (Moriarty, 2012) Google Undisclosed Solar powered UAV manufacturer Mar-2014 aparotors.com Aerial Precision Ag (Tempe, 2013) RoboFlight Undisclosed Easy to fly multirotor platform to captures HD video and photo images for precision agriculture operations Jun-2011 moog-crossbow.com Moog Crossbow (Milpitas, 1995) Moog Inc. $32M Develops smart-sensor technology for both manned & unmanned vehicles Cisco, Morgenthaler, Intel Capital, Paladin Capital Group, The Cambria Group $12M
  22. 22. Drones Report, July 2016 Scope of Report Entrepreneur Activity Investment Trend Who is Investing Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Sub Sector Analysis Interesting Companies Useful Links Company List Team 3 23
  23. 23. Drones Report, July 201624 July 2016Tracxn BlueBox : Drones 900+ companies in the sector, ~150 funded in last 5 years, $1.01B invested in 2015. Most Active Investors: GV, Andreessen Horowitz, Felicis Ventures, SV Angel Cumulative funding in the sector END-TO-END SOLUTION PROVIDERS Skycatch (2013, $38.4M) $94MSERVICE PROVIDERS Horizontal Talon Aerolytics (2015, $10.5M) Aerial Photography Cape (2014, $10M) Industrial Inspections Sky-Futures (2009, $9.5M) Precision Agriculture Gamaya (2014, $4M) Delivery Zipline (2014, $18M) Pilot Marketplace DroneBase (2014, $7M) $72M UAV MANUFACTURERS $1.11B Consumer Parrot (1994, IPO) Photography DJI (2006, $605M) Gaming Drone Racing League (2015, $7.6M) Military Aeryon Labs (2007, $47M) Commercial Kespry (2013, $26M) Delivery Matternet (2011, $3M) Inspection & Monitoring Airobotics (2014, $28.5M) Precision Agriculture SkySquirrel(2012, $1.2M) $933M $151M $88M SOFTWARE Operating Systems Airware (2011, $70M) Fleet Management AirMap (2014 ,$18M) Autopilot Skydio (2013, $3M) $8M $133M $38M$71M HARDWARE PARTS & PERIPHERALS Navigation SwiftNav (2012, $13.6M) Sensors Moog CrossBow (1995, $12M) $53M $39M DRONE DETECTION DroneShield (2014, $26M) $66M Practice Area – Technology | Analysts: @57Anupam, @VijayBhaskar_Q
  24. 24. Drones Report, July 201625 Top Business Models by Funding $1.2B $137M $98M $68M $66M $53M 0 280 560 840 1120 1400 UAV Manufacturers Software End-To-End Solution Providers Service Providers Counter-drone Systems Hardware Parts & Peripherals TotalFundingAmount(inMillions) # Cos. 424 104 47 276 23 90 Avg. Founding Year 2009.9 2013 2012.6 2013.5 2001.7 2008.6 DJI Airware Skycatch Zipline DroneShield Swift Navigation 3D Robotics AirMap PrecisionHawk Talon Aerolytics Aveillant Moog Crossbow
  25. 25. Drones Report, July 201626 UAV Manufacturers – Business Model Description Designs & Builds Unmanned Aerial Vehicle systems & complementary solutions. Companies in this business model build drones for multiple applications, chiefly photography (for consumer uses) and aerial imaging (for commercial uses). Military UAV manufacturers are also included in this business model. Commercial Manufactures drones for industrial applications Consumer Manufactures drones for consumer applications Military Manufactures Unmanned Aerial Vehicle systems for military applications
  26. 26. Drones Report, July 201627 UAV Manufacturers – Entrepreneur Activity and Investment Trend $3M $4M $3M $4M $23M $49M $113M $902M 2 4 2 7 10 19 24 34 0 8 16 24 32 40 0 200 400 600 800 1000 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 NumberofRounds FundingAmount(inMillions) YoY – Total Funding and No. of Rounds $925M $184M $88M 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Consumer Commercial Military FundingAmount(inMillions) BM wise Investment 168 34 24 23 16 14 12 11 0 36 72 108 144 180 United States China India United Kingdom France Canada Spain Germany NumberofCompanies Distribution of Companies across Countries 10 21 20 36 40 58 84 58 0 18 36 54 72 90 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 NumberofCompaniesFounded YoY – No. of Companies Founded
  27. 27. Drones Report, July 201628 UAV Manufacturers – Most Funded Companies Company Overview Business Model Funding Amount dji.com DJI (2006, Shenzhen) Manufactures camera based consumer drones & camera stabilization systems Accel, Sequoia Capital, KPCB, New Horizon Capital, GIC, New China Life Insurance UAV Manufacturers > Consumer > Photography $605M 3dr.com 3D Robotics (2009, Berkeley) Develops both consumer and commercial drones & autopilot systems O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Mayfield, Qualcomm Ventures, Foundry Group, True Ventures, SanDisk, Atlantic Bridge Capital, Two Sigma Ventures, SK Ventures, Finnish Industry Investment, Nautilus Ventures, Mosaic Ventures, Danhua Capital, NFX Guild UAV Manufacturers > Consumer $99M yuneec.com Yuneec (1999, Shanghai) Remotely operated consumer drones & camera stabilization gimbals Intel Capital UAV Manufacturers > Consumer > Photography $60M ehang.com Ehang (2014, Guangzhou) Smart phone controlled consumer drones GGV Capital, ZhenFund, PreAngel Partners, Shenzhen Oriental Fortune Capital Management, LeBox Capital UAV Manufacturers > Consumer $52M aeryon.com Aeryon Labs Inc. (2007, Waterloo) sUAV for HD imagery and aerial intelligence operations Summit Partners, Feddev Ontario, Golden Triangle Angelnet, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, MaRS IAF UAV Manufacturers > Military $46.89M parrot.com Parrot (1994, Paris) Connected products like drones, gardening and car kits for consumer Bpifrance, Seventure Partners UAV Manufacturers > Consumer $35.1M cyphyworks.com CyPhy Works (2008, Danvers) Microfilament technology based secure multicopter drones provider Bessemer Venture Partners, United Parcel Service, Felicis Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Motorola Solutions, Lux Capital, Draper Nexus, In-Q-Tel, National Institute of Standards and Technology UAV Manufacturers > Military $32M airobotics.co.il Airobotics (2014, Tel Aviv) Airobotics manufactures drones for industrial inspection purposes Charles River Ventures, BlueRun Ventures, UpWest Labs UAV Manufacturers > Commercial > Inspection & Monitoring $28.5M
  28. 28. Drones Report, July 201629 Software – Business Model Description This business model includes software applications and platforms that enable drone flight (namely, flight control software and autopilot software). Software tools for managing fleets of drones, storing and processing data are also included here. Miscellaneous tools such as airspace usage planning software are also covered here. Ancillary Software Enabling Software Others Software for fleet and data management Software for operating drones; autopilot software Miscellaneous software applications and platforms for drones
  29. 29. Drones Report, July 201630 Software – Entrepreneur Activity and Investment Trend $3M $18M $33M $31M 4 7 16 22 0 5 10 15 20 25 0 7 14 21 28 35 2012 2013 2014 2015 NumberofRounds FundingAmount(inMillions) YoY – Total Funding and No. of Rounds $98M $21M $18M 0 24 48 72 96 120 Enabling Software Ancillary Software Others FundingAmount(inMillions) BM wise Investment 43 9 8 5 4 4 2 2 0 10 20 30 40 50 US Israel UK Canada Australia Sing Belgium Bulgaria NumberofCompanies Distribution of Companies across Countries 2 3 2 5 7 8 30 29 0 7 14 21 28 35 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 NumberofCompaniesFounded YoY – No. of Companies Founded
  30. 30. Drones Report, July 201631 Software – Most Funded Companies Company Overview Business Model Funding Amount airware.com Airware (2011, San Francisco) Hardware, Software and cloud service for commercial drones Y Combinator, First Round Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Next World Capital, KPCB, Felicis Ventures, Intel Capital, Shasta Ventures, GV, Promus Ventures, RRE Ventures, Firelake Capital, GE Ventures Software > Enabling Software > Operating System $70.42M airmap.com AirMap (2014, Santa Monica) Mapping software for drone collision avoidance and airspace information Semil Shah, General Catalyst Partners, Bullpen Capital, Pritzker Group, Lux Capital, TenOneTen, Legend Holdings, Space Angels Network, Bullpen Capital, Social Capital Software > Others $17.6M dronedeploy.com DroneDeploy (2013, San Francisco) Smart multiple drone management platform Redpoint Ventures, Emergence Capital Partners, DFJ Venture, SoftTech VC, Data Collective, AngelPad Software > Enabling Software > Operating System $11M skyward.io Skyward (2012, Portland) Enterprise drones Fleet Management Norwest Venture Partners, Techstars, Founders Co-op, Voyager Capital, Moment Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Draper Associates Software > Ancillary Software > Fleet Management $5.6M proxytechnologies.com Proxy Technologies (2005, Reston) Develops control software for unmanned aircrafts Software > Ancillary Software > Fleet Management $3.23M skydio.com Skydio (2014, San Francisco) Computer vision and motion planning algorithm for Drones Accel, Andreessen Horowitz Software > Enabling Software > Autopilot $3M hivemapper.com Hivemapper (2014, Palo Alto) Maps for drones Spark Capital, Founder Collective, Spark Capital, GV, Harrison Metal, Accelerator Ventures, Homebrew Software > Ancillary Software > Image Processing & 3D Mapping $3M dreamhammer.com DreamHammer (2012, Los Angeles) Drone OS that links multiple drones into an integrated system Software > Enabling Software > Operating System $2.9M
  31. 31. Drones Report, July 201632 End-To-End Solution Providers – Entrepreneur Activity and Investment Trend End-to-end solution providers manufacture drones and provide services (both data acquisition and data processing) to customers. Precision Agriculture End-to-end solution providers specifically for precision agriculture purposes 22 4 3 3 2 2 2 1 0 5 10 15 20 25 United States India Canada Finland Australia France United Kingdom Belgium NumberofCompanies Distribution of Companies across Countries 1 5 8 10 9 12 0 3 6 8 11 14 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 NumberofCompaniesFounded YoY – No. of Companies FoundedBusiness Model Description
  32. 32. Drones Report, July 201633 End-To-End Solution Providers – Most Funded Companies Company Overview Business Model Funding Amount skycatch.com Skycatch (2013, San Francisco) Autonomous drone platform for capturing aerial data Amplify Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, FF Venture Capital, GV, Sherpalo Ventures, Google Ventures, Avalon Ventures, Riverwood Capital, Entree Capital, SK Ventures, Bee Partners, SierraMaya360, SierraMaya360, Amino Capital, ROOT, Amino Capital, VTF Capital End-To-End Solution Providers $38.4M precisionhawk.com PrecisionHawk (2011, Indianapolis) UAV, Remote Sensing and GIS Data solutions Intel Capital, Millennium Technology Value Partners, USAA, NTT Docomo Ventures, Innovate Indiana Fund, Verizon Ventures, YMVSV End-To-End Solution Providers > Precision Agriculture $30M sentera.com Sentera (2014, Minneapolis) Provides complete software & hardware solutions for precision agriculture & infrastructure inspections End-To-End Solution Providers $8.05M eagleeyeintelligence.co m EagleEye Intelligence (2015, Boca Raton) Develops an integrated security and surveillance system using ground-based and UAV- mounted sensors End-To-End Solution Providers $4.5M airphrame.com Airphrame (2012, San Francisco) Deploying a fleet of drones as mapping solution Floodgate, August Capital End-To-End Solution Providers $4.2M gamaya.com Gamaya (2014, Lausanne) Precision farming solutions using HSI technology deployed on drones Sandoz, VI Partners, Seed4equity End-To-End Solution Providers > Precision Agriculture $4.03M sharpershape.com SharperShape (2013, Palo Alto) End-to-end inspection and monitoring solutions provider using drones VisionPlus Fund, Straightforward End-To-End Solution Providers $3.25M identifiedtech.com Identified Tech (2013, Pittsburgh) Self-piloting mapping drone system Innovation Works, Birchmere Ventures End-To-End Solution Providers $3.14M
  33. 33. Drones Report, July 201634 Service Providers – Business Model Description Companies that provide services using drones manufactured by other companies. These services include aerial photography and surveying, industrial inspection and monitoring, delivery, etc. Aerial Photography & Surveying Horizontal Industrial Inspections Pilot Marketplace Others Provides services for multiple drone applications Drone inspection services for industrial applications Marketplace platform for commercial drone services Delivers aerial imaging & surveying using drones Miscellaneous drone- enabled and drone operation services
  34. 34. Drones Report, July 201635 Service Providers – Entrepreneur Activity and Investment Trend $1M $2M $1M $17M 2 3 4 19 0 4 8 12 16 20 0 4 8 12 16 20 2012 2013 2014 2015 NumberofRounds FundingAmount(inMillions) YoY – Total Funding and No. of Rounds $18M $14M $14M $11M $9M $1M 0 4 8 12 16 20 Delivery Industrial Insp. Horizontal P'graphy & Survey Pilot Marketplace Mktg. FundingAmount(inMillions) BM wise Investment 114 49 16 13 10 10 7 7 0 24 48 72 96 120 US UK Australia Canada India Spain France N'lands NumberofCompanies Distribution of Companies across Countries 2 4 6 5 19 42 70 104 0 24 48 72 96 120 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 NumberofCompaniesFounded YoY – No. of Companies Founded
  35. 35. Drones Report, July 201636 Service Providers – Most Funded Companies Company Overview Business Model Funding Amount flyzipline.com Zipline (2014, San Francisco) Drone delivery services for medical supplies Stanford University, Sequoia Capital, SV Angel, GV, Subtraction Capital Service Providers > Delivery $18M itctalon.com Talon Aerolytics (2015, West Point) UAS based aerial imagery services Kinetic Ventures Service Providers > Horizontal $10.5M cape.com Cape (2014, Redwood City) Aerial photography for action sports NEA, XSeed Capital, Madrona Venture Group, S Cubed Capital, Commercial Drone Fund Service Providers > Aerial Photography & Surveying $10M sky-futures.com Sky-Futures (2009, Hayes) Oil & gas drone inspection services MMC Ventures, Bristow Group Inc, Commercial Drone Fund Service Providers > Industrial Inspections $9.52M dronebase.com DroneBase (2014, Santa Monica) Marketplace for commercial drone services Y Combinator, SV Angel, Union Square Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, Launchpad LA Service Providers > Pilot Marketplace $7.08M thecyberhawk.com Cyberhawk (2008, Livingston) Aerial inspection and surveying company Scottish Equity Partners, Clydesdale Bank Service Providers > Industrial Inspections $4.77M redbird.fr Redbird (2013, Paris) Data capture and analytic services BERGERAT MONNOYEUR, Engie, Commercial Drone Fund Service Providers > Horizontal $2.15M better.vu BetterView (2014, San Francisco) Provides drone inspection services Metamorphic Ventures, 500 Startups, Haystack, Router Ventures, MetaProp NYC, Arena Ventures Service Providers > Pilot Marketplace $1.55M
  36. 36. Drones Report, July 201637 Counter-drone Systems – Entrepreneur Activity and Investment Trend Companies in this business model offer drone detection and disabling technologies. These technologies are varied and include visual, audio, radar and other forms of detection. Radio jamming, GPS spoofing and even physical disabling are all techniques used to disable drones and, in some cases, capture them. $1.0M $12M $10M $5M 1 1 1 7 0 2 3 5 6 8 0 3 6 8 11 14 2012 2013 2014 2015 NumberofRounds FundingAmount(inMillions) YoY – Total Funding and No. of Rounds 2 1 2 7 5 0 2 3 5 6 8 2010 2011 2013 2014 2015 NumberofCompaniesFounded YoY – No. of Companies Founded 9 5 3 2 2 1 1 0 2 4 6 8 10 US UK France G'many N'lands Canada Finland NumberofCompanies Distribution of Companies across Countries Business Model Description
  37. 37. Drones Report, July 201638 Counter-drone Systems – Most Funded Companies Company Overview Business Model Funding Amount droneshield.com DroneShield (2014, Herndon) Develops drone detection security system Drone detection $26.23M aveillant.com Aveillant (2011, Cambridge) Designs and builds radar systems for aircraft and drone detection DFJ Venture, dfjesprit, Cambridge Consultants, esbhomes.com, Draper Esprit Drone detection $22.94M dedrone.com Dedrone (2014, Kassel) Provides drone early-warning and detection system Menlo Ventures, Target Partners Drone detection $12.9M skysafe.io SkySafe (2015, San Diego) Develops airspace security solutions to detect unwanted drones Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel, Founder Collective, BoxGroup Drone detection $3M dronedefence.co.uk Drone Defence (2016, ) Builds drone detection and disabling systems Drone detection netvisiondronedetector.com Netvision Drone Detector (2015, Greenville) Netvision Drone Detector Drone detection
  38. 38. Drones Report, July 2016 Scope of Report Entrepreneur Activity Investment Trend Who is Investing Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Sub Sector Analysis Interesting Companies Useful Links Company List Team 9 39
  39. 39. Drones Report, July 201640 Interesting Seed Companies Company Overview Business Model Total Funding augmentedpixels.com Augmented Pixels (2010, Palo Alto) Augmented reality base indoor navigation solutions for robots & drones The Hive, Plug and Play Tech Center, AVentures Capital, Plug and Play Accelerator Software > Enabling Software > Autopilot $2.5M Curated list of companies by the sector analyst are defined as Interesting
  40. 40. Drones Report, July 201641 Interesting Series A Companies Company Overview Business Model Total Funding yuneec.com Yuneec (1999, Shanghai) Remotely operated consumer drones & camera stabilization gimbals Intel Capital UAV Manufacturers > Consumer > Photography $60M swiftnav.com Swift Navigation (2012, San Francisco) Low cost, open source real time kinematics GPS receivers First Round Capital, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Promus Ventures, VegasTechFund, Lemnos Labs, Fall Line Capital, VTF Capital Hardware Parts & Peripherals > Navigation $13.6M slantrange.com SlantRange (2013, San Diego) Manufactures sensors and processing software for drone-based precision agriculture The Investor Group Hardware Parts & Peripherals > Sensors $5M skyspecs.com SkySpecs (2012, Ann Arbor) UAVs for aerial collection & inspection Venture Investors, Accelerate Michigan, Huron River Ventures, Invest Detroit, Amherst Fund, IncWell, Detroit Innovate, MI-CEVC, Michigan Angel Fund, Invest Michigan UAV Manufacturers > Commercial > Inspection & Monitoring $3.5M Ehang (2014, Guangzhou) Smart phone controlled consumer drones GGV Capital, ZhenFund, PreAngel Partners, Shenzhen Oriental Fortune Capital Management, LeBox Capital UAV Manufacturers > Consumer $52M Skycatch (2013, San Francisco) Autonomous drone platform for capturing aerial data Amplify Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, FF Venture Capital, GV, Sherpalo Ventures, Google Ventures, Avalon Ventures, Riverwood Capital, Entree Capital, SK Ventures, Bee Partners, SierraMaya360, SierraMaya360, Amino Capital, ROOT, Amino Capital, VTF Capital End-To-End Solution Providers $38.4M
  41. 41. Drones Report, July 201642 Interesting Late Stage Companies Company Overview Business Model Total Funding dji.com DJI (2006, Shenzhen) Manufactures camera based consumer drones & camera stabilization systems Accel, Sequoia Capital, KPCB, New Horizon Capital, GIC, New China Life Insurance UAV Manufacturers > Consumer > Photography $605M airware.com Airware (2011, San Francisco) Hardware, Software and cloud service for commercial drones Y Combinator, First Round Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Next World Capital, KPCB, Felicis Ventures, Intel Capital, Shasta Ventures, GV, Promus Ventures, RRE Ventures, Firelake Capital, GE Ventures Software > Enabling Software > Operating System $70.42M precisionhawk.com PrecisionHawk (2011, Indianapolis) UAV, Remote Sensing and GIS Data solutions Intel Capital, Millennium Technology Value Partners, USAA, NTT Docomo Ventures, Innovate Indiana Fund, Verizon Ventures, YMVSV End-To-End Solution Providers > Precision Agriculture $30M
  42. 42. Drones Report, July 201643 Top Funded Deadpooled Companies Company Overview Business Model Funding Amount viastork.com Stork (2011, San Francisco) Programmable smartphone mounted personal telepresence robot Sequoia Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, SV Angel, Felicis Ventures, CrunchFund, BoxGroup, Morado Ventures, VegasTechFund, PivotNorth Capital, PALgenesis, Klein Venture Partners, Visionnaire Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, VTF Capital UAV Manufacturers > Commercial $12.1M wysper.ph Wysper Drones (2015, Manila) Drones manufacturer UAV Manufacturers > Commercial BlackProp Tree Robotics (2012, ) UAVs for aerial cinematography and logistics operations UAV Manufacturers > Commercial > Delivery
  43. 43. Drones Report, July 2016 Scope of Report Entrepreneur Activity Investment Trend Who is Investing Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Sub Sector Analysis Interesting Companies Useful Links Company List Team 4 44
  44. 44. Drones Report, July 201645 Useful Links Slide Title Content Platform Link List of All Companies in readable format Companies Link Top investments in last one year Investment Trend Link All IPOs Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Link Major Acquisitions in last one year Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Link Most Funded Companies Historical Top-Funding Link
  45. 45. Drones Report, July 2016 Scope of Report Entrepreneur Activity Investment Trend Who is Investing Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions Sub Sector Analysis Interesting Companies Useful Links Company List Team 6 46
  46. 46. Drones Report, July 201647 Drones – Company List COVERS THE FOLLOWING SECTORS UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  47. 47. Drones Report, July 201648 UAV Manufacturers (1/92) UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems Company Details Funding Investors UAV Manufacturers INSITU Inc. [White Salmon, 1994]: INSITU designs customized unmanned aerial systems and media management software solutions that provide information for superior decision making for military and commercial applications.INSITU's platforms - ScanEagle and Integrator – have logged more than 835,000 operational flight hours, and deliver high-quality, combat-proven ISR for both land and maritime missions. The software solution caters to the media management challenges from hardware integration and systems improvement to testing, evaluation, training and more. The company also provides 24/7 global training, services and support. INSITU has trained more than 4,700 operators since 2004 at its on-site schoolhouses in the United States and Australia. $21.33M Battery Ventures, Second Avenue Partners UAV Manufacturers FeiYu Tech [Guilin, 2007]: GuiLin FeiYu Electronic Technology Co. Ltd. designs and manufactures gimbals for cameras. It builds separate lines of gimbals for hand-held, wearable and drone gimbals. The company also builds two multi-purpose fixed-wing drones - SkyCam and X8 - along with ground control station software. Feiyu also builds autopilot modules, including the flagship Panda2. UAV Manufacturers Hiveground [Bangkok, 2011]: Hiveground manufactures drones and unmanned underwater vehicles for commercial uses. It builds a multicopter drone optimized for plant stack inspections, as well as a fixed-wing drone for multiple commercial and military uses. The company also builds an autonomous underwater vehicle called Zeabus RoboSub. Consumer 3D Robotics [Berkeley, 2009]: 3D Robotics manufactures both consumer and commercial drones for photography, inspection,surveying and other purposes. UAV products includes Solo, a smartphone controlled camera based intelligent drone; IRIS+, an easy-to-use fully autonomous (follow me technology based) small drone. Developed Pixhawk, an open source autopilot system which is utilized in the drones it develops. It is the manufacturing arm of the DIY Drones community at diydrones.com. Has offices in Berkeley, San Diego and manufacturing operations in Guangzhou, China. The company is also developing business applications in data analysis, mapping, 3D modeling and more for agriculture, construction, infrastructure and ecological study. $99M O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Mayfield, Qualcomm Ventures, Foundry Group, True Ventures, SanDisk, Atlantic Bridge Capital, Two Sigma Ventures, SK Ventures, Finnish Industry Investment, Nautilus Ventures, Mosaic Ventures, Danhua Capital, NFX Guild
  48. 48. Drones Report, July 201649 UAV Manufacturers (2/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer Ehang [Guangzhou, 2014]: Ehang, Inc. offers smartphone controlled consumer UAV called Ghost Drones. Creates and develops aerial systems for recreational and commercial usages. It does not requires a remote controller to carry around rather it works on a smartphone and a small G-Box. Winner of Tilt Video pitch contest at Tech Crunch Disrupt 2014. Headquartered in San Carlos, USA along with offices in Beijing and Guangzhou in China as well. Raised $112k in crowdfunding pre orders on IndieGoGo. Xiaoping Xu (founding partner and executive director of ZhenFund), Nick Yang (venture partner at ePlanet Capital) also participated in the Series A round. $52M GGV Capital, ZhenFund, PreAngel Partners, Shenzhen Oriental Fortune Capital Management, LeBox Capital Consumer Parrot [Paris, 1994]: Parrot designs, develops and markets UAVs that connect with smartphone or tablet, and AR/VR headsets. Currently focused on automotive, civil drones and connected objects. Parrot is expanding on the UAV market with the Parrot AR.Drone, a quadricopter piloted via Wi-Fi and using augmented reality and so with new solutions to address the UAV market for professional use. Manufactures a wide array of drones, and is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris since 2006. Was a leader in automotive infotainment area before it ventured into mobile application platforms. Acquired DiBcom, a fabless semi-conductor company in July'11. Invested in MicaSense, software provider to collect data on agriculture crops; and Airinov, provider of UAV farming applications and sensors in 2014. $35.1M Bpifrance, Seventure Partners Consumer Awesome Sauce Labs [Los Angeles, 2014]: Awesome Sauce Labs developing flying camera drones to capture personal shots. $50k March Venture Partners, QueensBridge Venture Partners, vsi2.usc.edu Consumer Endurance Robots [San Francisco, 2015]: Endurance specializes in developing drones and robotic product targeting the consumer applications. Products includes laser cutters accessory for 3D printers, telepresence robot (rig), UAV quadcopter (under development). Developing Selfiebot, a smartphone holder, providing features like motion auto-tracking during video calls and recording, wireless charging of mobilephone devices and night vision for them. As of early Sept, 2015, they are aiming to raise $20K through crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, a global crowdfunding platform. The company is a startup by ex-NASA contractor Matteo Borri and Russian entrepreneur George I Fomitchev, founded on Jan 11, 2015. $48.3k UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  49. 49. Drones Report, July 201650 UAV Manufacturers (3/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer Funaster [Delhi, 2014]: Funaster builds drones for surveillance and aerial photography/videography applications. Its Zoomerator quadcotper contains an integrated camera and is designed for surveillance purposes. The company also resells third-party drones, namely the Xiro Xplorer for photography purposes. Consumer Ctrl Me Robotics [Los Angeles, 2013]: Ctrl Me Robotics designs and builds custom ready-to-fly drones for various applications. Ctrl Me also offers drone-based aerial cinematography services, as well as repair and upgrade services. The company also provides 3D printing and prototyping services. Tandem Consumer jnMechanics [Bangkok, 2010]: jnMechanics designs and manufactures multi-purpose drones for consumer and military applications. Its jDrones line of drones is made for consumer use. Its jD-Tactical line of UAV systems for military use include medium to large UAVs and ground control stations. The company also builds custom aerial, ground and surface unmanned vehicles under the product line jd-UAS for use in commercial and security applications. Consumer UDIRC Toys Industry Co. [Shantou, 2010]: UDIRC designs and manufactures RC unmanned aerial vehicles, and other RC toy vehicles for using on water surfaces and on the ground. Its drone portfolio consists of quadcopters and hexacopters. It also offers FPV variants of these drones. Consumer Align [Taichung, 1997]: Align builds unmanned helicopters and quadcopters for consumer hobby flying and racing purposes. It manufactures a large number of models and variants, and also sells accessories on its online store. It also builds other products such as vacuum cleaners (for domestic use), power table feed (for industrial machining usage), as well as a 3D VR head-mounted device (HMD). UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  50. 50. Drones Report, July 201651 UAV Manufacturers (4/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer Speedwolf [Shenzhen, 2013]: Speedwolf manufactures drones for consumer photography and videography use. It builds its quadcopters under the brand name of Vajra and offers multiple variants based on differing control and payloads, including a fishing variant, and a racing drone. It is also in the process of designing a foldable FPV drone under the name DRBOX2. Consumer SwellPro Technology [Shenzhen, 2011]: SwellPro manufactures a number of waterproof drones that are optimized for working just over the surface of water bodies. These drones, called Splash Drones, are aimed at fishermen, water sportspersons and ocean and marine scientists. SwellPro also manufactures a camera called the Zero camera for use on its Splash Drones. The company also sells accessories for its drones from an online store. Its products are also sold on its sister company, FPV Factory's website. Consumer FPV Factory [Shenzhen, 2010]: FPV Factory manufactures consumer drones for photography purposes. FPV Factory sells the SwellPro line of drones are all waterproof and are aimed at fishermen, water sportspersons, ocean scientists etc. The company sells drones in both assembled condition and in DIY kits. It also sells drone parts and accessories. Consumer Gaui [Taipei, 2007]: Gaui is a UAV manufacturer that designs and manufactures a large range of unmanned systems. It also sells hardware parts and peripherals for UAVs online. Gaui manufactures both unmanned helicopters (under the Gaui and Gaui GPower brands) and multi-rotor light drones (under the Gaui MRT brand). These drones can be ordered in DIY form and assembled by users as well. Consumer Turbo Ace [Orange County, 2010]: Turbo Ace manufactures UAVs and UAV parts. It designs and manufactures a number of multicopters. Its flagship drone, Matrix, is a quadcopter and is sold in a number of variants. It also builds one hexacopter and one octocopter each under the names of Infinity and Cinewing. The Infinity series is optimized for heavy payloads. The company also manufactures and sells UAV parts and accessories including gimbals. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  51. 51. Drones Report, July 201652 UAV Manufacturers (5/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer Powervision [Beijing, 2015]: Powervision is a manufacturer of drones for photography and videography purposes. Its portfolio includes both fixed-wing (PowerEye) and rotor-lifted (PowerCopter, PowerQuad I and PowerQuad II) drones. It also manufactures an unmanned ground vehicle called PowerRobot. The company also builds a photography and videography quadcopter called the PowerEgg for indoor usage. The quadcopter is very small and can be folded into a highly portable egg shape. Powervision was founded by Zheng Weifeng. Consumer Freebird Flight [Westport, 2014]: Freebird Flight is a UAV manufacturer that builds a drone called Freebird One for consumer and commercial use. Its airframe, SurroundFrame, is 3D-printed, and according to Freebird Flight, is structurally strong and safe. The Freebird One is a large quadcopter and can carry a payload of up to 20 lbs. Consumer Eighty Nine Robotics [Evanston, 2014]: EightyNine Robotics wants to build a distantly controlled drone which can be used to monitor pets at home. The firm is currently based out of NorthWestern University Garage Accelerator. The quadcopter drone has been designed to be managed from a mobile phone app and provide video feed of the surroundings over the internet. Consumer Leisure Robotics [ , 2014]: Leisure Robotics develops and market quadcopter drones named AthleteDrone which can be used for training of athletes. The unique algorithm on the drone allows it to fly on a predefined route while varying its pace to mimic a runner's movement. The drone moves alongside an athlete and helps them train as it leads the runner. The drone keeps track of the runner with a hand held tracker. The firm has held events where they provide prototypes of these drones to athletes for practise. Consumer Ascent AeroSystems [Newtown, 2014]: Ascent AeroSystems develops and manufactures small unmanned aerial vehicles. Developed a unique coaxial vehicle configuration that is more portable, more durable and simpler to operate than typical multi-rotor designs. It is a highly scalable platform and ideally suited for recreational, professional, commercial and military applications. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  52. 52. Drones Report, July 201653 UAV Manufacturers (6/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer Cheerson Hobby [Shenzhen, 2003]: Cheerson Hobby is a professional remote control toys and drones manufacturer. They have been researching, designing and manufacturing RC toys since 2003 under the name of Shantou SLH Toy Factory. In 2011, they restructured and became the Guangdong Cheerson Hobby Technology Company Limited. They appear to have a good global reputation and currently export their products all over the world. Cheerson drones include the CX-10, the CX-20 Auto-Pathfinder and the CX-30W. However, the company is not limited to quadcopters. They also produce RC helicopters and planes, although their focus is shifting more toward multicopter toys.The company and their 13,000 square foot manufacturing facility are located in Guangdong, China. Consumer xCraft [Sandpoint, 2013]: xCraft has developed the X PlusOne UAV. A hybrid drone that combines both stabilized hover and fast forward flight. Also developed PhoneDrone Ethos, a remarkable device that smartphones wings, allowing user to deploy iPhone or Android phone as an autonomous aerial camera. They have leveraged sensor, processor, and wireless capability of smartphone to make it a powerful, cloud-connected aerial vehicle. Consumer AirButlr [Ypres, 2014]: AirButlr is an autonomous flying drone for indoor applications. It automatically cleans windows and keeps grass looking neat and tidy by using various AirButlr applications. The lawn mowing application and window cleaning application are hold in the base station which is a small box where AirButlr can be found in his state of rest or when it's charging. The AirButlr will inspect the house for dirt on a regular basis. When a housekeeping command was given the base station will automatically mount the right application on the AirButlr. The AirButlr will transport the right application to the right spot for cleaning it. Consumer Prodrone Technology [Shenzhen, 2015]: Prodrone is developing Byrd, a portable, foldable quadcopter with removal 3-axis camera gimbal and ground control station. The drone sized as an ipad when folded but is 4 inches thick & the whole system weighs about 4 pounds including removable 7,000mAh battery which can reach up to 30 minutes of flight (depending up on flying speed & wind conditions). The product is supposed to be out in November 2015 for preorders. Its standard version is priced at $950 & advanced version at $1060. Priced at $1,400, the premium version includes a 4K-resolution camera with a 3-axis gimbal for image stabilization that can be swapped for an infrared camera, a GoPro-ready gimbal or future add-ons. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  53. 53. Drones Report, July 201654 UAV Manufacturers (7/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer Walkera [Guangzhou, 1994]: Walkera involves in research & development, manufacturing & marketing of consumer drones. They have designed a variety of quadcopters for photography and FPV purposes. Products includes Scout X4 FPV, a lightweight, little & efficient quadcopter; Runner 250, a GPS based racing quadcopter; and many other entertainment and hobbyist drones. Consumer Erle Robotics [Alava, 2014]: Erle Robotics is developing artificial brains for robots and drones based on Linux. These brains build intelligence using the Robot Operating System (ROS) and have access to a cloud-based app store for robots and drones. Developed Erle-spider, a low cost robot and drone platforms developed to help in the process of learning, research and development of new ideas; and Erle-Copter, a Ubuntu Core powered drone along with SDK to develop apps to control it. Techfounders Consumer Hubsan [Shenzhen, 2010]: Shenzhen Hubsan Technology is engaged in research and development, production and sale & sales service for hobbies and toys. Designs and manufactures consumer toys products like, helicopters, planes & Quad copters with auto-pilot capabilities, including the NANO Q4 and HUBSAN FPV X4, marketed as two of the worlds smallest quadcopters. Consumer ShenZhen Idea-Fly [Shenzhen, 2011]: ShenZhen Idea-Fly specializes in the R&D, manufacture, and sales of multi-rotor aircraft. Manufactures commercial and recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for aerial photography and videography. Developed several multi-rotor products like IFLY-4, IFLY-4S, Mars-550, Apollo, Hero-550 & Storm-800. Also designed flight controller IFLY-V4M. Consumer Ebotic [Palo Alto, 2015]: Ebotic, a personal flying robotics company, developing a drone that performs tasks autonomously indoors and outdoors via voice commands. It contains sensors like a camera, radar, microphone, GPS, and actuators. Also provides easy-to-use APIs for obstacle avoidance, indoor mappings and self-localization for developers. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  54. 54. Drones Report, July 201655 UAV Manufacturers (8/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer Emelody Worldwide [Atlanta, 2014]: Emelody Worldwide, a technical consulting and innovation company contains two divisions entitled Emelody Research Group and Emelody Inspirations Group. Emelody Inspirations Group maintains and supports the development of a radical next generation UAV aircraft, “Vindicatore―, which claims to differ from the existing technologies and having advanced aerodynamics. Consumer Manna [Stanford, 2015]: Manna is building an intelligent, personal drone that can do more than one application. This drone receives commands interacting with smartphones and making that on the internet and autonomous, instead of human-controlled, enables everyday people to use this technology. Consumer Flytrex [Tel Aviv, 2013]: Flytrex Sky manufactures drones and operates a platform for hobbyists and drone enthusiast. Its flagship product, Flytrex Sky is a cloud connected drone controlled by Flytrex Sky Pilot app that has auto pilot, auto-takeoff and landing, return to home and other features. All the flight data is stored in the cloud and can be accessed through the web-site or mobile apps in real-time basis. The drone can be used for fun activities, delivering goods and other purposes. The platform supports the control over 3G and optional receiver/transmitter, FPV and GoPro ready and other features. Also the company manufactures Flytrex Core, a complete flight tracker system and a number of hardware peripherals such as Controller, Battery etc. Star Farm Ventures Consumer TechJect [Atlanta, 2011]: TechJet designed a Palm-sized robot 'Dragonfly' that flies like a bird and hovers like an insect. Designed for aerial photography, advanced gaming, R&D and security. The unique feature of this drone is that it not only hovers but also can glide for greater accuracy of movement. Research began on Dragon fly through a grant of $1M from US Air Force. Raised more than $1.1M on Kickstarter in 2012 from more than 3k backers. Consumer - Photography DJI [Shenzhen, 2006]: Dajiang Innovations (DJI) is a developer and manufacturer of camera based consumer drones and its hardware peripherals. The product lines cover high-end UAV flight control system and ground control system, professional aerial photography drone platform, commercial Gimbal system, as well as an intelligent model aircraft products and high-precision control module. Main product line includes Phantom line of camera based quadcopters. The company was valued at $8-10B during the latest round of funding. $605M Accel, Sequoia Capital, KPCB, New Horizon Capital, GIC, New China Life Insurance UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  55. 55. Drones Report, July 201656 UAV Manufacturers (9/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Photography Yuneec [Shanghai, 1999]: Yuneec International manufactures manned & unmanned aircraft. It develops remote controlled, ready-to-use out of the box, camera supported quadcopters & hexacopters. Manufactures over 1 million units a year, sold under the Blade, Parkzone, E-Flite, Firebird, Firebird XL and Q500 brands. Also provides ground camera stabilization systems for cameras to record high quality action sports. Markets its manned aircraft in America through GreenWing International. The company hold 50+ patents. The HQ is in Shanghai, China. Has offices in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Hamburg. $60M Intel Capital Consumer - Photography Zero Zero Robotics [Beijing, 2014]: Zero Zero Robotics is a consumer robotics company. Its first product is a hovering drone camera that can follow subjects and take photos and videos. It uses two cameras for both positioning and movement and for taking the photos. The rectangular shape of the drone allows it to be folded and easily ported. $25M IDG ventures, ZhenFund, GSR Ventures Consumer - Photography Lily Robotics [San Francisco, 2013]: Lily is a throw and shoot camera mounted drone enabled with auto-follow technology. It automatically follows and focuses the user without any controller needed. This water proof drone can record videos at 1080p, slow motion with 720p and image captures 12MP. Started in the basement of UC Berkeley robotics lab, where Henry and Antoine built the first prototype using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino. Supported by investors like Shana Fisher and SV Angel since 2014. $15M SV Angel, Spark Capital, Dorm Room Fund, Slow Ventures, Steve Aoki, Upside Partnership, CLI Ventures, StartX Consumer - Photography Flypro [Shenzhen, 2012]: Flypro is a smartwatch-controlled drone maker. The drone has an automatic-follow function at 330 feet or 100m distance as well as a tracking photo shot function. The watch can control the drone as it takes off or lands and adjust the flight speed. Based in Shenzhen, the company is involved advanced flight control systems, visual positioning systems and sonar technology. $12.5M Yihua Group Consumer - Photography Nixie [Mountain View, 2014]: Wristband capable of transforming into quadcopter that flies, takes video and photos. Currently in development. Winner of Intel's make it wearable challenge (prize money $500k). Currently in active development. $5M Intel, Redpoint Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Tencent, Playground Global UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  56. 56. Drones Report, July 201657 UAV Manufacturers (10/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Photography iDrone [Salt Lake City, 2015]: iDrone is a stealth mode startup that designs and builds drones, chiefly for consumer purposes. $2.8M Consumer - Photography Airdog [Palo Alto, 2013]: AirDog, a product of Helico Aerospace Industries is a fully autonomous personal 3D printed action sports drone. AirDog is a small, foldable quadcopter, especially designed for video shooting action sports with the GoPro camera. Users need to wear a wrist-strapped controller called AirLeash that the AirDog will follow. It can take off and land automatically and uses gyro stabilisation technology to ensure the subject is always in frame. Raised $1.37M on Kickstarter with a goal of $200K. Konstantin Othmer, Harry Cheung, Vinny Lingham, Chris Hulls and Arthur Watson also participated in the Seed round. $2.5M Seraph Group, Imprimatur Capital, FlyCap, IT-Farm, Base Ventures, Carthona Capital, Zenstone Venture Capital, Imprimatur Capital Consumer - Photography Aheadx [Beijing, 2014]: Aheadx is a Chinese startup company that designs & manufactures consumer drones. Their first product is Transdrone A4, which is named after its ability to fold up into something the size of an A4 piece of paper. This drone features 4000mAh capacity smart battery, auto follow module and comes with a clamshell remote control. The company also sells parts and components to make drones. The company received a seed funding of $2M by Avenue Capital in Aug, 2015 $2M AV Capital Consumer - Photography Airmada Tech [Fremont, 2015]: Airmada Tech builds a drone for consumer photography use. It is a smartphone- controlled drone and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Its waypoint-based navigation allows users to create a pre-flight route and focus on controlling the camera during the flight. Dorm Room Fund Consumer - Photography FlightHigh [Moscow, 2015]: FlightHigh designs and builds drones for photography and videography applications. Its six-rotor model is chiefly designed for use in amateur and low-budget commercial filming.. FlightHigh also claims that it can be used for precision agriculture purposes. The company also offers MRO services. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  57. 57. Drones Report, July 201658 UAV Manufacturers (11/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Photography UP&GO [Miami, 2015]: Up&Go has developed a drone camera that features five professional camera movements and follow it's user to take pictures and record videos. Camera comes with a small controller that user wears in its arm. Up&Go uses two way radio signal and GPS locators in both camera and controller for tracking purpose and maintaining communication between camera and controller. Up&Go has interchangeable batteries and a carbon fiber frame. Raising money through their Indiegogo campaign Consumer - Photography Staaker [Oslo, 2013]: Staaker designs and builds a consumer quadcopter drone of the same name. The Staaker drone is an auto-follow drone that is meant for personal photography and videography use. It carries a 4K GoPro camera and is aimed at the same adventurer market. The user needs to wear an armband that the Staaker drone can then follow. The Staaker drone is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2016. Consumer - Photography EKEN [Hong Kong, 1997]: Eken manufactures cameras and drones for consumer use. It manufactures two drones - Hawk V5 and Hawk V6 - for consumer photography and videography purposes. Both the drones are hexacopters and come with a ground controller with a video downlink. The company builds a large series of cameras as well. Consumer - Photography X-Cam Technology Inc. [Shanghai, 2012]: X-Cam Technology Inc. builds drones and remote controlled vehicles for use in consumer applications, chiefly photography and hobby flying. Its flagship brand is the Kongcopter series of drones that are divided into PRO, KIT and STD drones. Its other two product lines are camera gimbals and on-board electronics such as vibration detection modules, etc. Consumer - Photography Tuffwing [Boerne, 2008]: Tuffwing manufactures drones for use in aerial mapping and monitoring applications. Its drones are designed as flying wings made of EPP foam. Tuffwing manufactures two models of unmanned aircraft - UAV Mapper (for aerial photography) and Tuffwing 32 (for hobby flying). The UAV Mapper works with the Pixhawk autopilot. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  58. 58. Drones Report, July 201659 UAV Manufacturers (12/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Photography Snelflight [Durham, 1998]: Snelflight builds small drones for consumer photography and hobby flying purposes, as well as commercial applications. It builds two drones - the Ghost and the QuadPod - on its Hoverfly quadcopter platform. The company also sells accessories on its online store. Consumer - Photography Skye Intelligence [Xian, 2015]: Skye Intelligence is a developer of UAV drones which can be used for photography. Some of its features include high precision multiloop automatic tracking system, editing tools, flight control using a mobile application etc. It claims to have a flight time of about 22 minutes and has a GPS system to track its movement. It is a part of Roobo. Consumer - Photography Shenzhen Zero UAV Tech [Shenzhen, 2002]: Shenzhen Zero UAV Tech (Xiro) is a drone company founded by Shenzhen Rapoo Technology Co. and Beijing Zero UAV Tech. Xiro manufactures UAVs for consumer use. Its product portfolio includes Xplorer, Xplorer 2, Xplorer Mini and Xplorer Extreme. It also manufactures a hand- held gimbal called Xplorer Gimbal. Xiro sells its products in North America through Hobbico. Its chief applications are in consumer photography and videography. Consumer - Photography Pocket Drone [Riga, 2015]: Pocket Drone builds a consumer drone for personal photography. Its Kronos drone is paired with a smartphone and can follow the smartphone. It is very small and can be folded, making it very portable, and includes a number of smartphone-connected features such as automatic syncing of all photos. It also has a smile-tracker that ensures that the camera clicks photos when a smile is detected in the field of view. Consumer - Photography Droneex [Monterrey, 2015]: Droneex builds unmanned aerial vehicles for consumer use. It currently builds a quadcopter called Aviary-i4. Droneex claims that the Aviary-i4 is well-suited to other photography applications, such as aerial inspections, as well. It is also working on a racing quadcopter called Razer-X8. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  59. 59. Drones Report, July 201660 UAV Manufacturers (13/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Photography Smart Drones [Paris, 2013]: Smart Drones builds eponymous drones for consumer use. Its chief application is in photography and filming. Other applications include commercial applications such as disaster assessments, mapping, inspection, etc. Its Smart Drone 4 can be customized for different cameras and can be controlled via mobile applications as well. Consumer - Photography Atlas Aerospace [Jerusalem, 2015]: Atlas Aerospace builds a copter called the Erida Smartcopter. It is built for consumer purposes and is specialized for working in very cold weather. Its positioning system is LIDAR-based. It can be controlled by both an RC controller and a mobile application, and can be used as an FPV drone. Consumer - Photography Snitch [Moscow, 2015]: Snitch manufactures an eponymous hovering camera called Snitch. It is exclusively aimed for consumer use and has a very small range. It levitates and hovers using propellers that are contained within the spherical structure. The camera is fitted in a gimbal to provide image stabilization. The device can be controlled by an application running on a smartphone or tablet. Consumer - Photography Autel Robotics [Bothell, 2014]: Autel Robotics builds UAVs for aerial photography and video capture. The company's product portfolio includes the X-Star range of quadcopters (X-Star, X-Star Go and X-Star Premium). It plans to launch the Kestrel fixed-wing VTOL UAV in March 2017 for payload delivery and crop monitoring. Consumer - Photography Wingsland [Shenzhen, 2014]: Shenzen WINGSLAND Technology Co., Ltd. is a consumer drone manufacturer. Claims to conduct R&D in recreational, reconnaissance and commercial UAVs. Currently, portfolio includes only photography and video capture quadcopters - K3, M5 and Minivet. Also manufactures a handheld gimbal called Vipro. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  60. 60. Drones Report, July 201661 UAV Manufacturers (14/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Photography ONAGOfly [Delaware City, 2013]: ONAGOFly is a nano drone which is palm sized and can be used for taking recreational photography from a different perspective. The advantage that the drone brings is that it is extremely handy and packed with a 15MP sensor which makes for clear shots. The drone is packed with IR technology for obstacle avoidance and has GPS based navigation. The drone can be controlled by the OnagoFly App over WiFi for 66m. The firm was able to raise $950K on IndieGoGo platform against a planned number of 150K. The drone will be out for delivery by Feb 2016. Consumer - Photography Fleye [Liege, 2014]: Fleye is the first consumer friendly flying camera having features such as 360 panorama, people tracker, follow-me mode & more. With original form factor (spherical form) and smart control software makes Fleye safe, robust and extremely easy to use. No piloting skills needed to take awesome aerial photography and video as this robot is autonomous and can be controlled by a smartphone app. Also provides APIs and SDK for development of its app. Consumer - Photography Extreme Fliers [London, 2007]: Extreme Fliers designs, develops and manufactures quirky and innovative toys. Products include Micro Drone quadcopter, Robocopter and Terror Wasp which use advanced electronics and sensors. Developed Micro Drone, a tiny flying drone for live streaming of videos in HD quality.The company raised $2.7M for its Micro Drone 3.0, through Indiegogo, a global crowdfunding platform. Consumer - Photography Easy Aerial [New York City, 2014]: Easy Drone is an advanced, modular quadcopter designed for videographers that need quick, easy and affordable aerial shots. Is a plug-and-play aerial filming platform, incredibly compact and easy to assemble. Has a flight time of 45mins. Raised $21k througha campaign on Kickstarter. Consumer - Photography Vantage Robotics [San Francisco, 2013]: Vantage Robotics has designed a fold-able & collision tolerant quad- copter drone with 4k camera controlled by smart phone. This drone is capable of flying for 20 mins with a top speed of 30 mph and automatically tracks user. Comes with features like auto sequences (preset features for professional photographic shots), auto ground avoidance, make sure to return back when battery is about to end. The product is available for pre-order on their website. Ruvento Ventures UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  61. 61. Drones Report, July 201662 UAV Manufacturers (15/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Photography Seraphim [San Diego, 2014]: Seraphim is a consumer robotics company that has developed Seraph, a camera drone for aerial footage with a flight time of 45 minutes. It is having active object avoidance and intuitive design that produces non-shaky footage. It is a good product for skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, and other adventure sports enthusiasts. Consumer - Photography Fotokite [Zurich, 2014]: Fotokite has designed and is ready to manufacture Fotokite Phi, a foldable drone-kite for GoPro Hero cameras that offers video recording at various angles and can be easily controlled by hand gestures. Enabled with Gesture flight control, this drone is easily portable and have safe and secure propellers. Raised $115K in 2 days in a campaign for $300K target in a month. Orkos Capital Consumer - Photography DreamQii [Toronto, 2012]: DreamQii has developed drones that can fly together in a coordinated 'swarm', all controlled through a single mobile device. DreamQii’s PlexiDrone is specifically aimed at photographers and filmmakers. The company boasts that users can fly up to 30 drones at once using the PlexiHub, a Bluetooth device that acts like a router between the app and aircraft. Raised $2.26M in pre-orders on IndieGoGo, a global crowdfunding platform. Consumer - Photography Carbon Flyer [Columbus, 2014]: The Carbon Flyer has been designed and engineered by Trident Design LLC. The Carbon Flyer is an all carbon fiber personal drone, controlled by Bluetooth, with an onboard video camera. Carbon Flyer airframe is assembled using carbon nanotube enhanced epoxy which creates bonds stronger than steel welds. Raised $330k for pre orders on IndieGoGo. Consumer - Photography Zano [Swansea, 2014]: Zano is an ultra-portable, personal aerial photography and video capture drone. The size is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand and has an autopilot system insalled. Zano connects directly to smart phone via onboard WiFi and enables user to instantly begin capturing through the onboard camera system. Raised $2.64M in pre orders on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  62. 62. Drones Report, July 201663 UAV Manufacturers (16/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Photography Mota [San Jose, 1999]: Mota is a wearable and consumer electronics manufacturing company. Its products include 3D printers, Drones, Smart watches, Smart Glass, Battery cases and Power Banks. Mota's 3D printer is a low-end, low cost FDM 3D printer which supports PLA and ABS with a maximum print size of 6.5 x 6.1 x 6.1 inches. MOTA SmartWatch G2 Lite is a wearable device with the ability to pair with both iOS and Android devices. The SmartWatch integrates with Siri and Google Now. The watch can be used to easily setup appointments, send emails, check the weather, etc. Works with Bluetooth version 3.0 and has a charging time of 2-3 hours. A 3D Interactive Glass, MOTA SmartGlass, is currently under development. Features include voice dial, data record, remote control camera etc. Also working on a Drone called MOTA Drone Hawk, which is a Quadcopter with a Cx20 AUTO-Pathfinder GPS guidance and Stability Mode on board and a flight time of 15 minutes and 2700 mAh Power. Its another drone product is MOTA iOS Helicopter, which can be controlled with the user's iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Provides a free app which allows the user to easily dictate the helicopter’s flight path from all directions. Also manufactures Battery Cases for iPhone and Samsung mobiles and Universal Power Banks like Power Block, Power Stick and Card Charger. Consumer - Photography AirDroids [Washington D.C., 2013]: AirDroids designs and manufactures drone hardware and software for the consumer and commercial marketplace. The Pocket Drone is the first product from AirDroids. It is a heavy-lift microcopter capable of lifting a HD action sports camera high into the air but folds up smaller than the footprint of a 7in tablet. It also has lots of advanced features found in high end devices but retails for less than $500. The company leadership are also the founders of the Drone User Group Network, the largest community based organization in the U.S. focused on making UAV and autonomous flight technology available to everyone. The Director of Engineering is a mechanical engineer and a patent attorney. They have an in-house drone design lab and a full machine and prototyping shop (including desktop injection molding machines, CNC mills and 3D printers). Raised $930k on kickstarter for pocket drone pre-orders in March 2014. Consumer - Photography Vektor [San Francisco, 2014]: Stealth mode company. Vektor produces micro-drones which can be used for personal everyday use. The drone has autonomous control with no flight training required on the part of the user. Users can also post footage via Vektor’s app. Founding team is from UPenn and UC Santa Barbara. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  63. 63. Drones Report, July 201664 UAV Manufacturers (17/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Photography Squadrone System [Palo Alto, 2014]: Hexo+, a product of Squadrone System, is an intelligent drone that follows and films the user autonomously. The copter communicates with the user's iOS or Android smartphone using the MAVLink protocol. Hexo+ provides a mobile app to select the drone’s starting position and frame the shot it should take. Users can specify from which angle the drone should shoot and how far away it should hover from its subject. As the subject moves, the drone moves with them to provide a continuous shot. The drone employs trajectory anticipation algorithms in order to make sure that the drone will be able to smartly predict the user's path and won't be lagging behind. Raised $762k on Kickstarter till date of an initial goal of $50k. Consumer - Gaming Drone Racing League [New York City, 2015]: Drone racing is a fun and exciting sport in which quadcopter drones fly around a pre-set 3 dimensional course. Pilots control the drones via remote controls, wearing FPV (first person view) goggles to steer from the drone’s point of view. The company also builds the racing drones, all to the same specifications.Those specifications change from race to race to keep things interesting. So the pilots do not need to worry about their vehicles, making the race videos more exciting. The targeting audience of the Drone Racing League is video-game players and other technology-oriented enthusiasts. The League intends to make money through sponsorship, media and ticket sales. $7.6M Lux Capital, Hearst Communications, RSE Ventures, CAA Ventures, Basset Investment, Lerer Hippeau Ventures Consumer - Gaming QFO [Minneapolis, 2010]: QFO Labs develops, manufactures and sells high tech gaming drones. Products include Quad Fighter, a quad-copter designed to fly in small indoor areas, having rugged, lightweight construction, four moving parts and a design flipped upside-down from the conventional designs to increase the efficiency. Also provide Mimix, a tilt based controller for Quad Fighter. By tilting the controller forward, back, left or right its maneuverability can be controlled. The complete set is available at $99.99 from their website. $200k Consumer - Gaming TobyRich [Bremen, 2012]: TobyRich builds bluetooth-connected, smartphone-controlled drones for gaming purposes. Its product range includes three fixed-wing models - SmartPlane, tobyrich.vegas and tobyrich.tokyo - and a quadcopter called X-Spy Nano. The company also sells its BluetoothSmart board for integrating with homemade hobbyist drones. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  64. 64. Drones Report, July 201665 UAV Manufacturers (18/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Gaming DragonFly Racing Drones [Avon Park, 2015]: DragonFly Racing Drones designs and builds drones and airframes for racing purposes, chiefly the Black Darter drone. It also sells drones made by other manufacturers on its online store. In addition, the company sells drone parts and accessories, such as propeller blades, flight controllers, FPV goggles, etc on its online store. Consumer - Gaming Thrust UAV [Boise, 2014]: Thrust-UAV is a manufacturer of racing drones. Its first product is a quadcopter called the Riot 250R Pro. The Riot 250R is optimized for FPV racing with a reinforced undercarriage and a powerful integrated flight system. It also sells drone components and airframes. Consumer - Gaming Rotor X [Sydney, 2014]: RotorX Racing manufactures consumer UAVs primarily for racing use. RotorX specializes in manufacturing very small drones. It builds two drones - the six-rotor RX155 Raiju and the four-rotor RX122 Atom. The Atom comes in two DIY variants, with differing expected assembly times. RotorX also sells drone parts for its two drones. Consumer - Gaming Mobus Drones [Madrid, 2015]: Mobus Drones develops two models of drones - FPV Vesta280 and Lytta250. The Vesta280 drone has been geared towards racing and can reach speeds of up to 100kmph. The drone also comes with a head gear which can be used as a VR kit to view the first person account of the drone flight. The Lytta 250 drone is targeted towards beginners and comes in the option of a kit which can be assembled to learn how the drone works. Consumer - Gaming Skyrocket Toys [Los Angeles, 2010]: Skyrocket specializes in building original, innovation driven, television advertised toy brands. Provide Sky Viper brand of drones which includes low cost, multi-copter RC drones for indoor & outdoor entertainment & gaming. Also develops and manufactures OEM products for top video game and other consumer products companies. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  65. 65. Drones Report, July 201666 UAV Manufacturers (19/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - Gaming Axis Drones [Macedon, 2015]: Axis Drones specializes in beginner friendly quadcopters for first time pilots and kids interested in learning the mechanics of quadcopter and drone flight. Products include small UAVs like, Wallet drone, Turbo-X drone, Nano drone & Aerius. Axis Drones is a division of Morrison Innovations, LLC. Consumer - Gaming Syma Toys [Guangdong, 2005]: Syma Toys is consumer drones manufacturer based in China. Manufactures a X- series of quadcopters & S- series of mini-helicopters. Consumer - Gaming B Go Beyond [London, 2015]: Vitenzo designed a remote controlled hybrid car-helicopter with a patent pending design. 'B' is vehicle (regular four-wheeled RC) capable of driving across difficult terrain using its large rear drive wheels. When obstacles become too big, it simply take-off and fly over them using four propellers that are housed within its wheels. These propellers can generate enough lift to turn the B into a quadrocopter. Designed by Witek Mielniczek, a PhD student at University of Southampton, has previously worked on a DARPA-contest- winning HALO Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Aims to raise $77k through a campaign on Indiegogo, a global crowdfunding platform. First vehicles are estimated to start shipping in December, 2015 after the success of the campaign. Consumer - DIY Kits PowerUp Toys [Miami, 2011]: PowerUp Toys builds a small clip-on module for attaching to paper planes for taking videos and sending them via a data downlink in real time. It allows users to view the on-board camera's feed in FPV and control the plane's movement by using a VR headset such as Google Cardboard. The company also runs a social media platform for sharing ideas for using PowerUp Toys. $1M UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  66. 66. Drones Report, July 201667 UAV Manufacturers (20/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - DIY Kits Flexbot [Los Angeles, 2012]: Flexbot designs and manufactures quadrotor which can be controlled using a smartphone. The quadcopter has an Acc mode which uses the phone or tablet’s gravity sensor to steer the copter just by tilting the mobile device. The phone communicates with the copter using Bluetooth 4, which gives a range of up to 50 meters. Users can customize their 3D printed shell by choosing from one of 3 shell designs and choosing a combination of colors for the different pieces of the shell. The quadcopter has another mode: Autopilot which does a job of stabilizing the copter in flight, and it is open-source and Arduino based. Raised $0.5M on Kickstarter in Oct 2013. $25k HAX, SOSV Consumer - DIY Kits Giingo Labs [Tokyo, 2015]: Giingo Labs provides a mini-drone development platform. It development kit - called the Giingo Q-Shield - includes a basic PCB with motor controls, sensors, power management modules and a wireless connection board with a control module. It also includes a smartphone application that is configured with the control module. Consumer - DIY Kits XHOVER [ , 2013]: Xhover manufactures drone airframes and other accessories for DIY drone building purposes. It sells both own and third-party accessories and these including electronic speed controllers (ESCs), flight controllers and FPV equipment, as well as motors, propellers and even connecting wires. Consumer - DIY Kits PiCopter [London, 2016]: PiCopter designs and sells DIY kits for drones. It allows customers to build their own drones from the DIY kit (and modify the base design using spare parts that can be 3D printed or bought locally), code software for controlling the drone on the included Raspberry PI and learn how to fly these drones. Consumer - DIY Kits PIRIYEV Aero [Copenhagen, 2015]: Small fully autonomous airplane which is customizable. The drone provides a SDK for developers to write their own applications. The hardware is modular as well and allows direct connection with third party hardware. It is sold as a development platform for hobbyists and other drone manufacturers. It launched an unsuccessful kickstarter campaign in 2015. Selected to represent Azerbaijan in Seedstars world final in Feb 2016. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  67. 67. Drones Report, July 201668 UAV Manufacturers (21/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - DIY Kits Phenox Lab [Tokyo, 2014]: Phenox Labs is a startup by two student founders from University of Tokyo, who have developed a palm sized drone which can fly autonomously. The duo have, in the process, created a platform which can be used for developing flying apps. The drone can be effectively controlled by voice and hand gestures. It also supports proograming by Linux. They have been able to raise $23K over Kickstarter campaign. Consumer - DIY Kits Flone [Barcelona, 2013]: Flone is a open source Drone platform for flying smartphones in sky to have aerial images. This is done using a small wooden frame that uses batteries to power 4 propellers, the Flone is fully ready to make smartphone fly. All user has to do is hook it up to the wooden apparatus, and then he’ll need to use another smartphone to control the Flone once it’s in flight. Also provides an intuitive app, Flight App, along with it to control drone. Consumer - DIY Kits Game of Drones [Scottsdale, 2011]: Game of Drones provides action sports airframe DIY kit that includes a frame, all other parts for developing a drone, and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to build a bind-and- fly 'Hiro' drone. It is easy to assemble, have high-quality and durable components like RCManchild motors and ESCs and KK 2.0 HC flight board. Consumer - DIY Kits Skyworks Aerial Sys [Las Vegas, 2014]: Skyworks Aerial Systems is a hardware development company for small and adaptable unmanned aerial systems. Their product Qua.R.K is capable of delivering a variety of solutions to both civil and commercial entities. Qua.R.K multi-rotor copter families are small and versatile. They are designed to adapt to numerous applications including indoor, underground, and/or hazardous flights. Skyworks' Ground Control station is built on maximizing user experience with an enhanced graphics interface, industrial design and inter active manual. During flight, autonomous data collection is running in the back-end for diagnostics while an intuitive dashboard displays real-time sensor and telemetry data. Plug & Operate Devices (PODs) enable the Qua.R.K suite to undertake a variety of applications. Open software architecture and robust APIs allow for easy interfacing of software and algorithms for any POD. As of March 2015, they are taking pre orders on their website. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  68. 68. Drones Report, July 201669 UAV Manufacturers (22/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - FPV Nine Eagles [Hastings, 2006]: Nine Eagles designs and manufactures drones for consumer use. Its Galaxy Visitor line of drones (Models 2, 3, 6 and 7) are all quadcopters designed for FPV hobby flying and consumer photography. It also builds toy helicopters and toy fixed-wing planes. Nine Eagles also sells third-party drones and drone accessories on its online store. Consumer - FPV RangeVideo [Miami, 2006]: RangeVideo builds wireless video systems, including a flagship FPV headset called HeadPlay. It also builds a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle called RVJet for hobby flying in FPV mode. RangeVideo also builds an autopilot and telemetry system called RVOSD. The company also sells a number of 3rd-party accessories for drones including propellers, ESCs, etc. Consumer - FPV Foxtech [Tianjin, 2013]: Foxtech designs, builds and sells drones and drone hardware parts and accessories, chiefly FPV video receivers, goggles, etc. It also sells third party drone accessories and hardware parts on its online store. Its drones include the Devourer D130 quadcopter, the A4 quadcopter and the Kraken K130 octocopter. Foxtech's chief customers are hobbyists. Consumer - FPV Dromida RC [Champaign, 2013]: Dromida manufactures and sells small drones and other radio-controlled vehicles. Dromida builds quadcopters under the names Ominus, Kodo, Vista and Verso. The Ominus and Vista drones both have FPV versions as well. The camera on these FPV versions can be controlled by a mobile application called FPVCam. Consumer - FPV Sky-Hero [Brussels, 2012]: Sky-Hero designs and manufactures multirotor consumer drones that made of carbon fiber material. Products includes a tricopter, Spy; quadcopters, Anakin, Little Spyder & Spyder; & hexacopters, Spyder6 & Little Six. These drones are fast & safe for the purpose of FPV racing & carrying payloads. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  69. 69. Drones Report, July 201670 UAV Manufacturers (23/92) Company Details Funding Investors Consumer - FPV FLYBi [Hexham, 2014]: Advanced Robotix Corp. has designed a flying drone, FLYBi, that comes with a set of Virtual Reality goggles. These head-tracking goggles provide a direct control to user to look around using the HD camera installed at the base of drone. This drones is available is four different colors, have features like obstacle detection and avoidance, auto return and collision tolerance. It carrying case includes its controller and an extra- pair of batteries. Raised $40k on a campaign goal of $35k on Indiegogo (a global crowdfunding platform) with 13 days remaining in the campaign deadline. Commercial Kespry [Menlo Park, 2013]: Kespry designs and builds highly reliable drone systems for commercial applications. To achieve high standards of safety, productivity, and reliability, Kespry controls the design of each critical component. This attention to integrated design and reliability provides superior efficiencies and accelerates the delivery of advanced functionality. John Vrionis from LSVP joined Kespry as a board member. $26M Lightspeed Venture Partners, DCM Commercial Pulse Aerospace LLC [Lawrence, 2011]: Pulse Aerospace designs and manufactures a helicopter UAS called Vapor and a flight control system call wePilot. it also offers autopilot integration services. The UAS consists of a Vapor drone with a controller and a ground control station. The Vapor UAS is sold as a package that also includes a carrying case, a batter station and multiple spare parts and extra batteries. The Vapor drone is sold in two sizes - the Vapor 35 (payload up to 5 lbs.) and the Vapor 55 (payload up to 10 lbs.). The Vapor UAS is designed for use in multiple applications (surveillance and commercial) and specific payload packages can be bought. The wePilot flight control system includes both a hardware module and supporting software for controlling drones. $21.22M Commercial XAircraft [Guangzhou, 2013]: XAircraft is a multi-rotor design and manufacturing company hailing from China with a global footprint of International Distributors. Specialises in the design and development of all sized multi- rotor equipment for various types of applications from commercial to general. Offers XPlanet, an agriculture UAV system with ground control task pad & handheld taskmapper. And XMission, a multi-rotor UAV system, features weatherproof aerial platform, quick release smart payload modules, Android based all-in-one ground control task pad and XAirkey flight information system (FIS). $20M Chengwei Capital UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  70. 70. Drones Report, July 201671 UAV Manufacturers (24/92) Company Details Funding Investors Commercial Delair-Tech [Toulouse, 2011]: Delair-Tech designs, manufactures and commercialises long endurance mini- drones with a fixed wing. The company's products include Big Map, Crop Map, Emergency Line and Environment Line. The company also develops payloads and ground control systems used in the extraction of data and image sensing. Its UAVs are used in the domains of industrial surveillance, environmental survey and aerial photography. $18.31M Bpifrance, andromede Commercial Stork [San Francisco, 2011]: Stork (formerly known as Romotive) designs and sells a personal robot powered by user's smartphone. The robot offers Remote 2-way telepresence, Autonomous navigation and Facial recognition. Signed a production contract with an Asian manufacturer that will help the company scale up its output dramatically. Offers an open SDK for developer applications. Raised $170k for pre orders on Kickstarter. Currently enagaed in developing drones for first reponder & emergency purposes. The company was formerly known as Romotive. $12.1M Sequoia Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, SV Angel, Felicis Ventures, CrunchFund, BoxGroup, Morado Ventures, VegasTechFund, PivotNorth Capital, PALgenesis, Klein Venture Partners, Visionnaire Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, VTF Capital Commercial TRACE Intelligent Systems [Venice, 2014]: Developed TRACErl a visually intelligent camera that is capable of following its owner and live stream captured footage using proprietary video-as-a-sensor technology. The videos are captured in HD quality and streamed live on their website. They have acquired Draganfly which makes UAV aircraft and aerial video systems using drones. They have partnered with ImmerVision which develops technology for 360-degree panoramic imaging, . $9.5M Salman Partners, businessinstincts.com Commercial PRENAV [San Carlos, 2014]: PreNav developing a system that can automatically fly a drone within centimeters of a structure, allowing for close inspection of it by people who aren’t expert pilots. PreNav uses a robot on the ground to scan and map an area, including vertical structures that need to be inspected. The ground robot guides a proprietary PreNav drone through a precise route. This system uses Lidar, laser-based sensors, to map an area and determine a flight path. PreNav unlocks new uses for drones by offering automated, repeatable flight paths. A few of the applications include: Motion control for aerial cinematographers; Inspections of structures like smokestacks, solar panels, and wind turbines; Navigation of the last 50 meters in urban/suburban environments for landing, delivery and recharging. Founders are Stanford University graduates. Incubated at Prebacked accelerator. Investors include Pejman Mar Ventures, Drone.vc, Oculus VR co-founder Michael Antonov and Toivo Annus. $7.71M Linden Mobile Ventures, Pejman Mar Ventures, Drone.VC UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  71. 71. Drones Report, July 201672 UAV Manufacturers (25/92) Company Details Funding Investors Commercial Top Flight Technologies [Malden, 2014]: Top Flight offers application-specific, cost effective commercial solutions of unmanned aircraft vehicles using the latest advanced technologies driving automation and safety. Has a strong founding team of experienced entrepreneurs and technology expertise from MIT, the FAA, Aerospace/aviation research, software product development and strategic partnerships in technology manufacturing. Top Flight has designed an open-platform modular approach to building feature-rich UAV solutions which includes hardware, software and services. Offers Airborg Series 800mm M4 Quad and 1000mm M6 Hex multi-rotor service-class commercial drones. Raised $1.75M in seed round led by John Frankel from ff Venture Capital. $1.75M FF Venture Capital, Scrum Ventures Commercial Hélicéo [Nantes, 2014]: Hélicéo designs and builds drones and UAV systems. It builds a fixed-wing drone called the FoXy which comes in Slim and Pro variants. It also manufactures multicopters, namely the FoX4 quadcopter and the FoX6 hexacopter. It also builds a processor unit called DroneBox. The DroneBox includes autopilot modules, avionics and other flight control systems and can be used for controlling and conducting flight planning for multiple drones, one at a time. $1.7M Sequoia Fund Commercial Clear Flight Solutions [Enschede, 2012]: Clear Fight Solutions design and manufactures bird shaped drones called Robird. The tech can be applied to industries, including agriculture, waste management, oil and gas, and harbors. Completed a very successful trial at waste management site in Twente, which is one of the most challenging environments. $1.67M Cottonwood Technology Fund Commercial Aeronavics [Raglan, 2009]: Aeronavics Ltd is a manufacturer of advanced multi-rotor airframes and related accessories. Their products are composite aerospace and industrial grade materials, with solutions for tiny GoPro and FLIR thermal imaging equipment through to Hollywood grade “RED―cameras. $1.5M UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  72. 72. Drones Report, July 201673 UAV Manufacturers (26/92) Company Details Funding Investors Commercial Fly-n-Sense [Paris, 2008]: Fly-n-Sense designs and sells autonomous, multi purpose and operational UAV Systems. Fly-n-Sense designs and sells compact and light UAV systems operating in autonomous or assisted mode, via a control ground station. The company also integrates tailored airborne systems within existing aircrafts (autopilot, video camera, acoustic and chemical sensors). The company's drones are used in Civil Security operations, industrial inspection, precision agriculture, etc. Also a member of the Aerospace Valley cluster and currently supported by EADS Development. $1.2M URGO (formerly VivaSanté), SECAPEM Commercial Vires Aero [Livermore, 2013]: Vires Aeronautics designs unmanned aerial vehicles(UAV) that utilize Active Circulation Control (ACC) technology. Its patented design increases the lift capability of fixed-wing aircraft, enabling faster takeoff and landing, increased payload capacity,extended range, and reduced fuel consumption.Active Circulation Control (ACC) is a flow control technology that improves the lift of fixed-wing aircraft by increasing the net circulation around the wing by energizing the boundary layer.Its product is suited for a range of industries such as aeronautics, automobiles, submarines, ships, turbines etc. $960K Promus Ventures, Draper Associates, VegasTechFund, Lemnos Labs Commercial Inova Drone [San Diego, 2014]: Inova Drone are developing drone systems that utilize advanced sensor technology combined with powerful software to enhance user experience. Developed Inova One, an intelligent and easy to use autonomous aerial system that is modular and design to be configurable for multiple applications having a flight time of 50mins and payload capacity of 10 pounds. This is designed for firefighters and other first responders working at public safety agencies. Powered by TechStars at the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator. $120k Qualcomm, Techstars Commercial Altavian [Gainesville, 2011]: Altavian manufactures unmanned aircraft systems for precision data collection in scientific and engineering applications. The company also provides data and deployment consulting services, data processing and advanced imaging services. It offers its unmanned aircraft systems for agricultural use, environmental surveillance, geomatics and mapping, and other commercial applications. Altavian is establishing a network of Certified Training Providers who teach the way to safely conduct drone operations and also explain the fundamentals of data acquisition and processing. Altavian also provides repairing services and ties up with third party data providers to collect, process and deliver the data to the clients. $23k Dakota Venture Group, Florida Institute For The Commercialization of Public Research UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems
  73. 73. Drones Report, July 201674 UAV Manufacturers (27/92) Company Details Funding Investors Commercial Vinveli [Cedar Rapids, 2013]: Vinveli is a robotics & automation company providing solutions for agriculture, riot control and farms. Products includes Aero series of UAVs, (shaped like mini-aeroplane); Vero series drones (shaped like hexagon); Helio series of drones (shaped like mini-helicopters); these UAVs provides variable payload capacity, versatile payload capacities, endurance speed and range. Provides agriculture drones for pesticide sprays; riot control robots; wind-tower inspection drones. Founded by a team of University of Texas grads. $20k Iowa Startup Accelerator Commercial Mohyi Labs [Detroit, 2011]: Mohyi Labs is a product development company that is currently working on building a non-fixed wing, bladeless drone. It has a vortex creation method (that it calls ducted counter-vortex diffuser) that allows the drone to generate lift from manipulating the airflow around it without rotating blades. The company also runs projects for developing other advanced technology products. $18.02K Michigan Economic Development Corporation Commercial AEE Technology [Shenzhen, 2005]: AEE Technology operates two technology products i.e. sports cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). It initially established themselves as a modern wireless audio and video transmission technology company and are claimed to be the pioneer in the creation of above categories. The products are used for military operations, rescue operations, anti-terrorism, and extreme sports events etc. Claims to have raised Series A round of funding from Shenzhen Venture Capital. Shenzhen Capital Group Commercial AeroHawgle Ltd. [Chennai, 2016]: Aerohawgle is an aviation technology company that develops a weather- proof sensor package called Generation-Z Stereo Camera Hawgle-i. It is also developing a voice-controlled drone called SparrowHawk. The company also offers custom aviation design and consultancy services to clients. Commercial Avysys [Delhi, 2009]: Avysys is developing unmanned vehicle platform for movement across ground or in air. The firm is part of Labpro Equipments which develops sensors and devices for physiological data measurement. The company claims to build UAVs and UGVs for commercial and defense applications. The products for the firm are currently under development. UAV Manufacturers Software End-to-end Solution Providers Service Providers Hardware Parts & Peripherals Counter-Drone Systems

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