“Drones as a Service” Business Incubation Program
February 3rd, 2017
We believe that drones and other robotics technologies will have a permanent place in many types of businesses for mapping, delivery, or other perhaps still unknown uses. Committed to growing the robotics industry in Nepal, WeRobotics in partnership with Nepal Flying Labs, Nepal Engineers’ Association and the Robotics Association of Nepal is hosting a business incubation program on how to leverage technical skills and readily available drone mapping hardware / software to create a drone-related service company in Nepal. This program will focus on the business aspects needed to start a drone mapping service company (using drones to generate maps, 3D models, indexes, and aerial imagery).
The incubation program begins today with the ideation phase - sign-ups are open to all until the end of February. On March, 4 finalist teams will be chosen at a pitching event in Kathmandu to attend the 5 day business seminar, to be held from April 10 - 14, 2017 in Kathmandu. After completing the seminar, each finalist team will receive USD 500 and will be guided by NEA’s business incubation center to work on their business plan and pitch in preparation for the final competition. A winning team will be elected by a jury of experts from NEA, RAAN and WeRobotics, and will receive an incubation fund of USD 7’500 to kickstart their business.
All individuals living in Nepal, already possessing the necessary technical knowledge and skills to operate drones, acquire data, and produce outputs like maps, 3D models, and indexes, and are motivated to start their own business using drone technology, are welcome to sign up with a team of up to 4 people.
The program is free of charge and we encourage all interested parties to submit their best “drones as a service” ideas. You can find the application and further information on the program site: http://nepal.werobotics.org/business/