Colorado UAS Technology Start-Up Wins State Grant


871_drone_over_orange_field Colorado UAS Technology Start-Up Wins State GrantSpectrabotics LLC, a Colorado Springs, Colo.-based start-up that aims to revolutionize precision agriculture with small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), has received a grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

Through its Advanced Industry Accelerator (AIA) Grant Program, the OEDIT awarded a total of over $1.77 million in both proof-of-concept and early-stage capital and retention grants to support Colorado’s advanced industries.

Spectrabotics was awarded $50,000 through an early-stage capital and retention grant. According to the OEDIT, these grants fund companies commercializing innovative technologies to create viable products that meet a market need and that can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally.

Spectrabotics posted on Facebook that this is a “huge win” for the company. It plans to use the grant money on “drones and sensors and cloud computing for [its] precision agriculture venture.”

“Work with emerging sensors and unmanned aerial platforms is progressing as technology improves,” the company writes on its website. “We are part of a driving force that is guiding industry to develop better sensors and exploitation methods.”

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