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An Emerging Industry Taking Flight: The Power and Promise of Drones Delivery

Drone Delivery project operated by DragonFly Pads in Paris

21 July 2023

Authored by AJE

In the dynamic landscape of emerging industries, the drone (delivery) industry stands tall as a true visionary, propelling itself to new heights and capturing the attention of investors worldwide. Witnessing an impressive surge in 2022, the drone industry boasted an incredible 179 investment deals, collectively valued at a staggering US$4.8 billion. This phenomenal growth showcases the resolute confidence of investors, who recognize the boundless potential of this technological marvel.

What sets the drone industry apart from its counterparts is its symbiotic relationship with cutting-edge sectors such as AI, Aviation, and Robotics. This seamless integration allows drone manufacturers and operators to continually access state-of-the-art technology solutions, reinforcing their position at the forefront of innovation. Today, the drone industry stands not just as a “dreamer but as a doer”, ready to undertake both long-haul and last-inch delivery operations with unparalleled efficiency and precision.

The relentless march of progress has paved the way for remarkable advancements in regulatory approvals. Civil aviation authorities, once cautious, now embrace the potential of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone delivery. This monumental shift opens the doors for drones to revolutionize commercial logistics, a traditionally price-sensitive industry that has long relied on conventional means such as motorcycles for last-mile delivery. With drones soaring through the skies, the possibilities for cost-effective and rapid deliveries seem limitless.

Investors with a keen eye for opportunity have recognized the safety net that accompanies this incredible growth in the drone industry. Promising a future laden with great potential, drones are poised to reshape various sectors, making their mark as transformative tools for industries ranging from e-commerce and healthcare to agriculture and disaster relief. The drone industry offers investors a chance to be part of a movement that has the power to redefine the world as we know it.

Visionary and strategic investors who are aligning their investment philosophy with the drone industry, are reshaping the efficiency of this industry. among others, VCs who are actively investing in the drone industry are,

  1. Drone Fund- Launched in Japan in 2017, as pioneers in identifying transformative technologies specifically in the drone industry, the have invested into 60 startups among others world’s largest Drone as a Service (DaaS), the Malaysian Aerodyne Group, and DLE member Skyscrape led by Asa Queensberry (DLE East Asia Chapter Director).

  2. InnovateTech Capital- A early-stage VC dedicated to supporting cutting-edge technologies developed in the universities commercialized through spin-offs. They have invested in Blue Vigil.

  3. YourNest Venture- An Indian VC (pre-Series A), focused on disruptive technologies to enhance the way mankind leverages the value of time, this US$ 75 mn fund will invest in startup founders across a spectrum of DeepTech domains: AI, IoT, Robotics, AR/VR/MR, Dev. Tools, Edge Cloud and other Digital products. Ticket US$10-70M.

In conclusion, the drone industry is a beacon of hope for the future of humanity, to create a sustainable sociality to leave after for the next generation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a revolution that will shape the destiny of industries and touch the lives of billions worldwide. The drones have taken flight, and those who seize the opportunity to invest in this extraordinary journey will undoubtedly soar to unprecedented success.

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