Droniq received the ‘Future Skies’ special award during a ceremony of the European Startup Prize for Mobility (EUSP) on 19 May in Paris, organised under the auspices of the French Presidency of the EU. The company was recognised for its innovative work on integrating unmanned air unmanned air systems (UAS) into European airspace.
The EUSP is an EU-founded acceleration and investment Programme for sustainable mobility startups. It was created in 2017 by Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism. Established in collaboration with the European Parliament, European Commission, European Investment Bank, EIT InnoEnergy, GSA, SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking, Europe’s Rail and together with major mobility corporations and tech giants, this public-private initiative aims to support and scale up smart and sustainable mobility startups all across Europe.
Each year, 600 startups apply to its acceleration and investment programme. The EUSP provides them with multiple investment opportunities as a “one-stop-shop” to EU funds (European Commission, European Investment Bank, EIT InnoEnergy) and private investors (demo day).
The ‘Future Skies’ prize recognised Droniq for generating creative solutions for smarter and more sustainable flying. “Startups are important sources of innovation and accelerators of change across all sectors, including aviation and air traffic management. So let's help them help us deliver smarter and more sustainable air mobility,” said Alain Siebert, Chief Economist and Master Planning at SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking, and EUSP jury member, who presented the prize Droniq CEO Jan Eric Putze and COO Ralph Schepp.
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