The oldest discovered calculator in the world is the 20,000 year old Ishanga bone, found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Africa is sometimes referred to as the cradle of mathematics. So while the theme of the African Drone Forum has been innovation, “It’s important to remember that Africa has been innovating all along,” says Isabelle Umugwaneze, Deputy Managing Director of Rwanda Airports Company. “We have all of the solutions that we need right here.”
This pan-African business plan competition is designed for African entrepreneurs with new and innovative business models in the drone industry. The U.K. Department for International Development will offer prize funding of up to £40,000 – a significant sum for a new business. All of the finalists receive pitch training, mentorship, exhibit space and exposure to potential partners and customers. The Challenge received 148 submissions from 31 different African countries. The 10 finalists include companies focused on drone mapping, training, precision agriculture, hardware manufacturing and more. (Learn more about all of the finalists here.)
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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