DroneRafts was selected last week as a top ten semi-finalist to participate in the public voting phase of the Inc. Small Biz Salute Pitch Off. The top ten companies were selected by the judges based on their answers to two questions in their submission; 1) What makes your business unique? and, 2) How would you use the $25,000 grand prize to grow your business if you win? The DroneRafts response:
"DroneRafts has developed WaterStrider and TerraStrider, the only commercially available, fully engineered all-terrain landing gear system for drones. WaterStrider is patented in the USA and internationally and allows drones to #DroneAnywhere by landing on any surface, including water and snow! The sister product, TerraStrider, allows drone landings on any unprepared surface except for water. Both products add huge stability, protection, and confidence to any drone flight. $25,000 would be invested toward expanding our proven consumer products, through product modularization, into the rapidly growing commercial drone market, where the need for this solution is even greater."
DroneRafts also submitted a fun optional video pitch which can be viewed on their YouTube channel here.
The top three finalists are determined by public voting and win the opportunity to pitch to a panel of celebrity judges and vie for the $25,000 grand prize.
About DroneRafts, LLC
DroneRafts develops and manufactures highly engineered accessory landing gear systems for the sUAS/drone market. Founded in late 2015 by three aerospace engineers and former fellow students from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, the company developed its flagship product, an amphibious landing gear called WaterStrider, by April the next year. The company unveiled the WaterStrider at the AUVSI Xponential 2016 trade show, and launched a Kickstarter campaign which succeeded, leading to industrialization in the Summer of 2016 and then retail sales during the 2016 Christmas season after having fulfilled the Kickstarter rewards ahead of schedule. In the following year, DroneRafts released WaterStrider 2.0, a lighter and more versatile offspring of the original, and TerraStrider, a lighter, less expensive, non-amphibious version. DroneRafts has delivered products to all 50 states, over 30 nations, and all 7 continents including Antarctica.