Iridium Dynamics has joined the first Techstars accelerator in Asia-Pacific, a 13-week intensive program, featuring Iridium as one of 10 defence-tech startups. Three UAV companies are in the group, which is sponsored by Boeing, Thales, Saab Australia and Codan Defence Electronics.
Iridium Dynamics will be pitching as one of 16 semi-finalists at the world’s largest drone and unmanned-systems exposition, Xponential. From 4-7 May, the Exhibition Centre in Dallas, Texas will have over 650 unmanned-systems exhibitors, and over 7000 attendees. An ‘expert panel of judges from top investment firms’ has selected Iridium Dynamics as one of the 16 most innovative start-up businesses in the industry. We'll be competing to reach the final three and pitch publically at the event, and hopefully take home th grand prize of US$15,000.
Come and visit booth 3430-P to see our Halo platform! If you can't make the event, tune in to twitter to stay up-to-date.
Along with a $75k grant, HotDesQ provides us with working space in QUT Bluebox, the accelerator at one of Australia's top technical universities. Moving to Queensland is a great opportunity to interact with the nearby agriculture and resources industries. Collaborating with researchers at QUT will accelerate our development, and broaden the capabilities of our UAVs. We'll be based in Brisbane from January 2017!
Iridium Dynamics is moving on from the ATPi co-working space, to a private office and lab at The University of Sydney. It will be great to be 'back home', and we look forward to working in alongside other great start-ups from the university.
As one of 13 finalists in a competition with over 400 applicants, Ian pitched the novel Halo UAV architecture as a solution to inspection of large Australian agricultural properties. After hearing 60-second pitches from thirteen companies, Iridium was chosen as one of five winners by Remo Giuffre, TEDxSydney CEO, Cathy Yuncken, General Manager at St. George, and Jack Delosa, founder of The Entourage.
Walking away with a novelty cheque, $25k, and most importantly a big smile, Irdium Dynamics are set to begin the next stages of prototype manufacturing, including tooling and materials for building a full hollow-moulded carbon fibre airframe.