InterDrone has added new panel discussions to its lineup: ‘Leading VCs Discuss Next Wave of Drone Innovation’ and ‘Ways to Fund Your Drone Business,’ says conference host BZ Media LLC.
InterDrone is being held in Las Vegas on Sept. 9-11 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.
‘The Ways to Fund Your Drone’ panel will be led by Frederic Lardinois, a writer at TechCrunch. Panelists include Matthew Bieschke of UAS America Fund and NEXA Capital Partners, Clements of Accel, and Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster. They will discuss the many ways of securing funding, as well as the different approaches that are available.
‘InterDrone is shaping up to be one of the most well-rounded conferences, with experts participating across a range of subject areas,’ says 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, a ballroom adjoining the main expo hall, will feature start-up drone companies and is sponsored by Accel and SkyFund.
‘The timing of InterDrone could not be better, as 2015 is proving to be a breakout year for funding in the drone industry,’ says Mac Cormac. ‘I look forward to meeting start-ups in The Hangar and teaching attendees ways to secure venture capital.’