DronePrep awarded $25K sponsorship from Microsoft for Startups – sUAS News

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DronePrep, which is ‘preparing the world for a future with drones’, has secured sponsorship from the Microsoft for Startups Programmes.

Malvern based DronePrep has been accepted onto the Microsoft for Startups Programme, which is a global program dedicated to helping startups successfully scale their companies. It provides access to powerful technology including Azure and GitHub Enterprise coupled with a streamlined path to selling alongside Microsoft and the global partner ecosystem.

Claire Owen, Co-founder of DronePrep commented: “The recently launched, new DronePrep platform has been built using Microsoft technologies and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with Microsoft for Startups to enhance, grow and scale our software.

DronePrep’s mission is to inform the drone industry and recreational pilots where they can and cannot fly and to allow engagement between landowners and the drone community to open up opportunities for both groups. They envisage that their platform will ultimately help define where it is possible to deliver drone highways in the sky.

DronePrep secured the sponsorship following an introduction arranged by Worcestershire technology accelerator BetaDen as it came towards the end of its time on the programme. BetaDen, which is based at Malvern Hills Science Park, provides early-stage technology businesses with a nine-month programme of support worth around £50,000, including 30 hours access to Worcestershire’s 5G testbed, guidance from an industry partner with established supply chain networks, a £10,000 proof of concept grant, mentoring from BetaDen’s handpicked team of commercial and technology experts and office space.

Claire added: “BetaDen has played a huge part in our journey and preparing us for the next stage of our development and we can’t wait to share the next stage of our journey with our fellow cohort members, investors and current and potential customers.”

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