Nigerian drone startup, Global Air Drone Academy and Upshore Robotics were shortlisted among the 10 finalists of a pitching competition at the African Drone Business Challenge (ADBC) held in Kigali
At the end of the competition, Global Air Drone Academy came out tops, and where rewarded with the prize of $20,000. This achievement is a testament to the growth of technology in Nigeria among other African countries.
Global Air Drone Academy gave an outstanding performance at the live pitch contest to win the cash prize amongst other competitors who represented different countries in Africa. Among the competitors were; Drone Era (Republic of Benin); Africa Bees (Democratic Republic of Congo); Kenya Flying Labs (Kenya); MicroMek Limited (Malawi); Upshore Robotics (Nigeria); Integrated Aerial Systems (South Africa); Jembe Kilimo (Tanzania); JCKEG Solutions (Zambia) and Alley Capital Group from Zimbabwe.
The ten finalists were selected from a competitive pool of almost one hundred and fifty submissions from across thirty-one African countries. Applicants were asked to propose business ideas that focused on leveraging drone technology to solve problems and generate new business opportunities.
Proposals were assessed by a panel of local and international judges and scored based on several factors including the potential for growth and sustainability, focus on using drones for social good, and the economic empowerment of African communities.
Speaking on the award, the development and grants manager for the Global Air Drone Academy, Jessica Brown, revealed that the prize money will be used to construct a permanent drone training, education and research center in Lagos.
The Global Air Drone Academy was established in 2016 by a Nigerian, Eno Umoh and an American, Austin Brown. With a clear focus on building the next generation of professional drone pilots. This aim is achieved through the GADA’s workshop where participants are given the opportunity to learn about emerging drone technology, how to build a small drone from scratch, and the future career opportunities in the industry.
Since inception in 2016, GADA claims to have trained over 6000 students in 400+ schools, and in 8 countries worldwide.
If the proposed training and research center is established in Lagos we might see an increase in the earlier stated number of trainees, with more of them spawning from the country’s largest and fastest-growing city, Lagos.