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Vanilla Aircraft Wins AUVSI Start-up Showdown

Awardee Story Vanilla Aircraft Wins AUVSI Start-up Showdown
Date: May 04, 2016

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Vanilla Aircraft beat over 90 entrants to win the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI) Start-up Showdown, a competition between small businesses at AUVSI's XPONENTIAL 2016 industry convention in New Orleans. Following a closed-door session in which the four venture capital and industry judges narrowed the field to three finalists, founder Jeremy Novara presented the business case for the VA001 aircraft in a session open to all convention addendees. Impressed by the VA001's potential appications in both the military and commercial sectors, and by the system maturity as proven through flight testing, judges Jonathan Downey of Airware, Gareth Keane of Qualcomm Ventures, Jonathan Rubin of Westbury Group and Muzzammil Zaveri of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers awarded Vanilla the top prize, including $15000 and an invitation to AUVSI's investment conference in San Francisco this July.

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