African Drone Forum launches competition to accelerate commercial drone use in the continent

The African Drone Forum (ADF) has launched the African Drone Business Challenge – a competition with prizes worth a total of GBP 40,000 for African entrepreneurs who develop compelling cases for done operations in Africa, such as drone delivery services, digital fabrication and artificial intelligence for navigation and image analysis.

The forum’s mission is to accelerate and promote the drone entrepreneurship movement across Africa and the ADF’s business challenge “is the first Pan-African business plan competition designed exclusively for African entrepreneurs that have identified new and innovative business models enabled through drone technology and data,” says a forum press release. “The commercial use cases for drone applications can impact a broad array of sectors. At present, there are emerging applications in Africa related to healthcare delivery, land digitization, agriculture or livestock monitoring, disease surveillance, urbanization tracking, and flood impact assessment. The objective is to promote drones as a catalyze for new business ventures and ultimately new frontier markets. As such, this Challenge does not focus on the development of new technologies, but rather on exploring sustainable and scalable solutions to important problems around mobility and data landscape.”

Ten finalists will be invited to attend the African Drone Forum where they will pitch their business ideas live to a crowd of industry leaders, investors and government officials..

  • Full access to the ADF and Africa Tech Summit
  • Travel expenses including flights, accommodations and visas will be paid
  • Exhibition space
  • Two-day capacity-building workshop (includes pitch training)
  • Networking potential with over 1,000 participating digital leaders, tech corporates, technology regulators, banks, mobile network operators, and startups from across Rwanda, Africa and the globe.

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