Organisers of the African Drone Forum have shortlisted its finalists for the first ever African Drone Business Challenge.
The competition, which is scheduled to hold in the Rwandan capital city of Kigali, will run from the 5th of February to the 7th of February, 2020.
The chosen finalists were selected from a pool of African startups.
The finals have representatives from nine countries on the continent of Africa. The represented countries include Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Organizers of the African Droe have announced that all the ten finalists will have to fight for a prize money of 40,000 Euros.
He also intimated the public that the contestants will be required to engage in pitch that will be broadcast live to viewers and thereafter the award ceremony holding on the 6th of February in Kigali.
In a statement, the organisers of the forum pointed out that the African Drone Forum is competition aimed at discovering commercial usage potentials for drone apps with tendency to impact the local scene.
The selected finalist were chosen from a pool of just about a hundred and fifty competitive submissions.
The applicants were then required to come up with a business plan with the major goal of the business being its ability to utilize drone technology to create new opportunities for business. After the submission, the proposals were judged by international and local panel members.
The panel used different factors to judge their submissions. These factors included: African communities getting empowered by the business plan, sustainability and growth potentials, and making sure that the plans pointed out how drones were going to be used for social good.
The ten selected finalists are:
Africa Bees (Democratic Republic of Congo),
MicroMek Limited (Malawi);
Drone Ere (Benin Republic);
JCKEG Solutions (Zambia);
Upshore Robotics (Nigeria);
Global Air Drone Academy (Nigeria/USA);
Kenya Flying Labs (Kenya),
Alley Capital Group (Zimbabwe) and
Integrated Aerial Systems from South Africa.