Arone is an aerial startup building drones for delivery across Africa and will be representing Nigeria at the SlushGIA Global Finals in Helsinki, Finland this December.
Speaking to TechEconomy.ng about the pitching session, the Founder and CEO, Arone, Emmanuel Ezenwere, expressed his excitement, adding that it was much more than a pitch event. “There was a bootcamp that culminated in the competition”, he said.
The Slush accelerator bootcamp and local competition was held at the Heartland Incubator of the Oluaka Institute, Owerri, Nigeria.
“It was a great learning experience for entrepreneurs as we had really good Instructors such as Dimgba Kalu of projaro.com, Mr Uche Aniche, Mr Kolapo Ogungbile, manager of the Heartland Incubator, Mr Sam Ekwuribe, manager of Oluaka Institute, Mr Innocent Chukwuma, director of the Ford Foundation.
“It was also great to meet other amazing social impact entrepreneurs from all parts of Nigeria building great products such as:
“CrispVision (a startup developing mobile eye test and care solutions); Recycle Pro (a startup providing waste management solution); Afagreen (a startup recycling paper into quality furnitures); Aircell agro (a startup building an online platform connecting farmers to buyers); Databanther (connecting benefactors to vulnerable); ChronicCare (a startup building a mobile app and IOT enabled wearable to care for people with chronic diseases; Phendok Energy (a startup led my conversion of bio waste to energy); Vida Ice (a software development startup) and Derehoboths (a pharmaceutical startup developing herbal based therapies)”.
As winners, Arone will be representing Nigeria at the Slush 2018, startup event in Helsinki, Finland where the team will have the opportunity to pitch to investors, meet with other social impact entrepreneurs from all parts of the world and have access to mentorship sessions where we will learn how to scale.
Arone in March this year raised N2million, about $5,556 from two angel investors, Chibuzo Ujam & Echukwudi Daniel, for equity in the parent company MagicMirror.ai to build our prototype drone.
The startup has its eyes focused on next round of funds.
“Our next round of funding will enable us to acquire drone licenses, grow our team and manufacture our first fleet of delivery drones. This will enable us build an intelligent aerial logistics network in Africa to solve the problem of lack of accessibility to medical supplies”, Ezenwere told the media.