The South African DroneTech industry is buzzing with activity

Meet the 6 winners from the DroneTech Innovation Pitching Challenge

The Innovation Campus pursued start-ups with extraordinary ideas and innovative solutions in the DroneTech industry, and unsurprisingly, we found them. The pitching den type event consisted of two groups: start-ups in the scale-up phase and entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas utilising DroneTech.Ā  VIEW WINNERS SLIDE PACK

Meet the winners of the DroneTech Innovation Challenge.
Scale up phase:

1st Place

Delta Scan

Beyond the 3D model, Delta Scan digitises the world around us to create powerful analytical 3D tools allowing for the extraction of engineering value. Combining cutting edge drone platforms and scanning technology with 3D digitisation, Artificial Intelligence and engineering analysis principles, Delta Scan provides professional solutions to solve the industriesā€™ most significant challenges. Founded in 2018, the company has disrupted inspection, digitisation, and infrastructure management on industrial sites, mines, refineries, and commercial buildings. They strive to improve efficiency, bring down costs, and provide comprehensive information to make better-informed decisions.

Contact details: Darryl Epstein

LinkedIn: Delta Scan

2nd Place


AutonoSky was founded to drive the innovation of aerial systems in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry. Their industry-specific approach and their passion for using drones to save lives lead to them presently designing drone technology to assist with Rescue, Fire and Security operations.

AutonoSky is also in the final stages of being granted an RPAS Operators Certificate, enabling them to work with organisations by applying our technology where it matters.

Contact details: Amit Ramdath

LinkedIn: AutonoSky

3rd Place

RBI Drone Tech

RBI Drone Tech provides aerial data solutions and other professional remote piloted aircraft services that cater to telecommunications, engineering (civil), and petrochemical industries. An essential product of theirs is a 3D Model along with detailed, accurate analytics that a client will be able to interact with and view at any time for visual referencing or take apart for personal customisations. This data can be used to inspect, upgrade & maintain structures with critical safety, accuracy & time in mind. Other services also include aerial pre-site development photography and CAD-based data for any sites/models.

Contact details: Armandt du Toit

LinkedIn: RBI Technical Solutions International (Pty) Ltd


4th Place

WiPo Wireless Power

WiPo Wireless Power was born to create products that will change how first and last-mile problems are solved. Batteries have not significantly changed over the last century; however, the demand to power robotics and personal mobility devices and the need to make devices genuinely mobile and reliable by cutting the final cord, the power cord, has. WiPo Wireless Power provides wireless power solutions for robotics (drones, AGV, ROV), personal mobility devices (electric wheelchairs, e-trollies, e-bikes, e-scooters), and other medium power devices. WiPo Wireless Power is Wi-Fi for Power and brings safe, touch-free, hygienic and shock-free charging even underwater or in dirty environments.

Contact details: Jaco du Preez

LinkedIn: WiPo Wireless Power


Meet the winners of the DroneTech Innovation Challenge.

1st Place


Taurus Energy


TAURUS Energy Services is a commercial company registered in terms of South African law. TAURUS runs a liquefied petroleum gas distribution business and an environmental and energy consulting service, operating from the John Montague Centre in Milnerton cape town. TAURUS is a black woman-owned business founded in 2017 by two industry professionals with more than forty years of combined energy industry experience. The company strives to be the preferred reliable supplier of clean energy solutions. It aims to use Lidar technology already on the market to identify risk areas onsite, using appropriate software. Once identified, drones will collect physical samples (air, water, etc.) to be analysed. This service will allow for detailed audits that look to mitigate environmental impacts.

Contact details: Garreth Grosch


2nd Place

Luminous BrandingĀ 
& Marketing

Luminous Marketing & Branding is a full-service Digital Marketing Agency founded in Durban. They aim to provide aerial photography and videography tailored for the Property and Agricultural space.

Contact details: Nokukhanya Kubheka

LinkedIn: Luminous Branding & Marketing

The DroneTech industry is buzzing with innovation, and it was incredible to find brilliant South African businesses doing extraordinary work. Even more remarkable is that one of the winners is a company based on the West Coast, in Saldanha Bay!

The DroneTech industry is buzzing with innovation, and it was incredible to find brilliant South African businesses doing extraordinary work. Even more remarkable is that one of the winners is a company based on the West Coast, in Saldanha Bay!

The top three winners of the scale-up phase have been rewarded a 6-month incubation programme through TechTribe and exclusive mentorship with experienced individuals within the DroneTech sector.

Congratulations to the winners. Keep up the hard work to all those that participated.


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