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50 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Isabel Nacke - Building The Future of Drone Applications
Dedicated to strengthening EVA in its mission to establish a network of drone infrastructure to build the foundation for a new industry to thrive. – Isabel Nacke. In this episode we sit down with Isabel Nacke Head of Business Development and Customer Success Management at EVA, a firm that builds high throughput drone docking stations. According to EVA there will be 1.4M business drones by 2023 and they are set out to develop UAV infrastructure (UAV= unmanned aerial vehicles) to make the future of drone applications more sustainable, operational, and scalable. EVA is currently wrapping up its funding round raising a Series A and is ramping up its operations. This includes further product development, hiring more talent and international expansion. Lots of exciting developments as demand increases due to their efforts to develop the infrastructure. With a clear mission and purpose to ensure drones are used for good, and carefully selecting the appropriate clients and projects while its value chain is sustainable and green, Isabel indicates she sees a bright future ahead for the firm, the industry and stakeholders supported by its applications and use cases. We’ll be diving into Isabel’s own journey into the startup world and of course EVA’s contributions to build the future of drone applications. An episode to definitely tune into!
58 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Soner Haci, CEO of PONS Technology 'On a mission to provide affordable healthcare'
' Every medical device sold via PONS will be matched and equally distributed to partners in developing countries to allow them to deliver the care to those communities need' - Soner Haci In this episode we sit down with Soner Haci, serial entrepreneur and CEO of PONS Technology - a MedTech startup that provides early diagnostics and navigation technology with a focus on brain and spine injuries as well as neurosurgeries. In the first half of the episode Soner takes us through his transition from a corporate intrapreneur into founding several startups. We discuss the biggest differences between those two career tracks and of course his valuable lessons. The second half we will dive into the startup propositions of PONS Technology, their mission to provide affordable healthcare and their current startup phase. PONS Technology is ready to scale and is keen on connecting with healthcare providers for further adoption, investors that will be able to support them in that process and partners that will allow them to scale their mission to support developing countries as well. A startup team and mission you would certainly want to support!
47 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Monica Abarca, CEO of qAIRa. On a quest to reduce air pollution with drone technology.
'Our drone technology, air monitoring techniques and data provided do not only inform our citizens about the current air pollution levels, they also serve to empower them to take measures to change the environment we live in as well' - Monica Abarca Mónica Abarca, serial entrepreneur, mechatronics engineer and researcher in robotics shares her journey of becoming the CEO of qAIRa, a startup that works with exponential technologies, such as drones and modules, for environmental monitoring. At qAIRa they want to digitize and democratize air quality information. Their goal is to provide everyone with the tools needed to be agents of change in favor of the environment. Monica shares some valuable lessons on the key challenges and at the same time the key drivers for qAIRa in its early stages with regards to Talent & Recruitment. She also talks about the firm's route-to-market strategy and the value of open source software and community. Make sure to listen to this episode!
56 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Dhruva Rajan, Co-Founder & CEO at GeoSpoc. A GEO-Evangelist's journey into becoming CEO.
Being able to get your existing customers to advocate for you is the best way to support your business development and marketing efforts' - Dhruva Rajan Our host Salma is joined in this session by Dhruva Rajan, Co-founder and CEO of GeoSpoc. GeoSpoc is a melting pot of technologists, evangelists and pathfinders. The firm supports customers in solving business problems with geospatial analytics. In this very interesting talk Dhruva talks about his journey of following his passion and vision of launching the Geo-spatial Technology based propositions on the Indian market together with his two friends/co-founders of this firm. Dhruva indicates that although he never envisioned himself being a CEO, wearing multiple hats and working extremely hard to get the product to market, he would do this entrepreneurial journey all over again and advises fellow entrepreneurs to take that leap as well. His tip however is to have a plan and take stock after 6 months to evaluate progress and assess the feasibility of the startup. He also shared tips on transitioning into a leadership role and what to do have a balanced life style as an entrepreneur. Furthermore, Dhruva also talks about the importance of qualitative data when building these solutions and asking the right questions when co-creating with customers. Make sure to tune into this episode!
30 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
StartupX with Julio Rejon from RentaDrone
'Use your fear to fuel you into persevering and growing your business' In this talk founder of RentaDrone, Julio Rejon, takes us through his trajectory into entrepreneurship, how his startup has pivoted during the pandemic and how Rentadrone's drone technology is positively impacting our society. Julio also shares valuable lessons for fellow entrepreneurs and an open call for potential strategic partnerships.
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