With more than 800 people from robotics academia and industry, the European Robotics Forum showcased the impact of robotics research and put the spotlight on successful technology transfer between science and industry. With the framework of the event, startups had the opportunity to present their products to the audience in competition for the Entrepreneurship and TechTransfer award. Fotokite stood out to be the most innovative startup hence winning itself the first prize.
Fotokite is a tethered drone, designed to make aerial photography with a Go pro camera accessible for everyone. Similar to a kite, the drone is tethered and foldable making it easy for anyone to take photos from a bird’s-eye view. The company raised over 400K USD in crowdfunding in 2015 and have since started shipping their product.
“We make a new type of tethered drone which is 100% autonomous, flies for several hours, and can be used by broadcast journalists, or for inspection,” said Christopher McCall, CEO of Fotokite. “It’s incredible to win the Tech Transfer Award at ERF,” he concludes.
euRobotics is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels with the objective to make robotics beneficial for Europe's economy and society. With more than 250 member organisations, euRobotics also provides the European Robotics Community with a legal entity to engage in a public/private partnership with the European Commission, named SPARC.