BZ Media LLC announced Monday stellar lineups for InterDrone’s panel discussions “Leading VCs Discuss Next Wave or Drone Innovation” and “Ways to Fund Your Drone Business.” InterDrone is being held in Las Vegas, Sept. 9-10-11 at the Rio, and features more than 100 classes, panels and keynotes, including 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson and keynotes from AeroVironment, DJI and Parrot.
Ryan Mac, staff writer at Forbes, will lead the VC panel. Miles Clements of Accel, Anjney Midha of Kleiner Perkins, David Lam of WestSummit Capital, and Dave Famolari of Verizon Ventures, will join Mac to discuss cutting-edge drone innovations and future market-driving technologies.
“With 3,000 attendees, InterDrone™ will be the largest commercial drone conference and expo in North America,” said Ted Bahr, Chairman of InterDrone. “You will not find a better opportunity to connect with all the constituents of the commercial UAV industry, including leading VCs like those joining us,” he added.
“The Ways to Fund Your Drone” panel is lead by Frederic Lardinois, a writer at TechCrunch. The panelists include Matthew Bieschke, of UAS America Fund and NEXA Capital Partners, Clements of Accel, and Susan Mac Cormac, of Morrison & Foerster. These experts will discuss the many ways of securing funding as well as the different approaches that are available.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of InterDrone, which in its inaugural year is shaping up to be one of the most well-rounded conferences with experts participating across a range of subject areas,” said Bieschke. “Funding for early-stage companies is critically important, and offering panels, The Hangar, and inviting top-level VCs is an excellent way to foster this,” he added.
The Hangar is a ballroom adjoining the main expo hall featuring start-up drone companies and it is sponsored by Accel and Skyfund. Accel recently led an investment round of $75 million in market leader DJI Innovations. The SkyFund, backed by DJI and Accel, aims to fund entrepreneurs across a variety of application, hardware, peripheral and services categories where UAVs, robotics and intelligent machines can make a meaningful impact.
InterDrone will also feature a “Coolest Startup” contest where attendees can vote on their most favorite company in The Hangar using poker chips.
“The timing of InterDrone could not be better as 2015 is proving to be a breakout year for funding in the drone industry,” said Mac Cormac, adding, “I look forward to meeting start-ups in The Hangar and teaching attendees ways to secure venture capital.”
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