EbreDrone is a drone operator company specialized in data capturing. They provide services for energy network inspections such as wind parks and photovoltaic facilities. Moreover, they also operate in the agricultural field where they conduct aerial sprayings as well as they collect data for precision farming. Their goal is to improve business decision making by bringing better insights with the data they collect.
AD'OCC (Occitanie, France) and ACCIÓ, partners of Enterprise Europe Network, organized a Catalan company mission on December 10th and 11th, 2019 in Toulouse (France) for seven Catalonia-based companies traveled to Toulouse and learned more about the strong scientific ecosystem of Toulouse in the aeronautics and space fields. The Global Business Developer and the CTO of Ebredrone have the opportunity to join the company's mission. Since then, Ebredrone has received different advisory and partnering services from the EEN regarding international partner search and access to private funding.
The first step was to connect Ebredrone with international opportunities and connect with international partners. Ebredrone registered in Merlin (the old EEN platform) and start receiving an alert with suitable opportunities. In addition, it was advised to participate in the conference and matchmaking event DroneDays 2.0 organised by the EEN partner Hub Brussels. During the DroneDays 2.0 matchmaking event in 2020, Ebredrone met with a Swiss enterprise and they agreed on a Cooperation agreement.
The second step was to connect them with ACCIÓ's funding unit which supported them in the definition of their investment deck as they were seeking to raise private funding. In addition, they were invited to participate in ACCIÓ's annual investment forum in 2020 where they were selected among 21 startups to pitch in front of a panel of Spanish and Dutch investors.
Moreover, in 2021 Ebredrone participated again at DroneDays 2.0 matchmaking event. In that case, they met with a French company with whom agreed on partnering for the Galatea Horizon Europe project and submitted a joint proposal.
ACCIÓ provided support to Ebredrone in improving/evolving their data-capturing technology using drones. We advised them on access to public funding to foster collaboration with other companies. In 2022, the NEXT GENERATION programme ACTIVA STARTUP was launched and we informed Ebredone about the call and guided them in submitting an application. The Activa Startups programme offers SMEs grants up to 40,000 euros to drive digital transformation through collaboration with startups. Ebredrone submitted a proposal for ACTIVA STARTUP funding. They have been awarded the grant to foster collaboration with an engineering company that manufactures composite blades for wind turbines. The goal of the project is to automate and enhance wind turbine blade inspections with the use of drones. They will also collect data to feed and train AI to improve the maintenance of wind farms.
"We really appreciate the role that ACCIÓ plays to help Catalan companies like us to enhance their business. Specially remarkable for us is being part of the Enterprise Europe Network, that has brought us many opportunities to grow up our revenues, allowing us to reach new customers and partners both european wide and globally, which is the way to scale when it comes to tech startups like EbreDrone."