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Canada Pavilion
Gryphon Sensors
Fischer Connectors
DRS Technologies
Centerstate CEO
Textron Systems
UK Pavilion


Coordinates Magazine
Defense House Publishing
Defense News and C4ISR
Defense Daily
EE Catalog
Electronics Valley
Expansion Solutions
Flight International
Flight Global
GIM International
GPS World
IHS Jane's
Inside GNSS
Marine Technology
Microwave Journal
Military Embedded Systems
Nuts and Volts
Ocean News & Technology
Point of Beginning
Robotics Tomorrow
Rotor Drone
Rotorcraft Pro
Rotor and Wing
Servo Magazine
Sea Power
Sea Technology
Tactical Defense Media
UAS Magazine
Unmanned Tech Solutions
Via Satellite
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Startup Showdown

Join us for the Final Round of the Startup Showdown on Wednesday, May 4, from 4:15-5:30 p.m. in the XPONENTIAL General Session room!

The Startup Showdown is a must-attend event for investors, unmanned systems entrepreneurs and technology innovators, where three lucky companies will compete for a $15,000 grand prize.

Each of the three finalists will have six minutes to pitch their companies to the judges, followed by six minutes of questions. By the end of the session a Startup Showdown Grand Prize Winner will emerge!

The finalists will be announced Tuesday, May 3 following the closed door Knockout Round. The Knockout Round will see the field of fifteen semi-finalists whittled to three, as companies compete for a chance to advance.

The Startup Showdown Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $15,000 cash prize
  • One complimentary pass to AUVSI's Investor Conference to be held July 18, 2016 in San Francisco
  • One on one consulting time with the judges
  • Recognition and exposure at the event

AUVSI is pleased to announce the fifteen Startup Showdown Semifinalists:

AnsuR BirdEye

AnsuR BirdEye

AnsuR BirdEye offers a disruptive UAV photo/video communication system for BLOS operations, including satellite communications via ground or in the UAV. Mission-critical operations requiring detailed imagery from remote locations over any realistic network coverage, often with a bandwidth bottleneck, can benefit from BirdEye software solutions.

ANT global services

ANT-Global Services

ANT-Global is a Boston-based company building practical, cost-effective, and secure solutions for the next generation of autonomous vehicles. UAV operators are finding that off-the-shelf products lack the capabilities they need. We are designing a suite of products and services that complement existing technologies across a wide range of applications, from hobbyists to the Enterprise.



Asylon, a startup founded by MIT aerospace engineers, is tackling the back-end infrastructure challenges of future autonomous drone missions. We have developed a field deployable, autonomous, battery swapping station to support extended missions and provide immediate relaunch capabilities for new and existing mixed-drone fleets.



BrashTech is building a 3D model capture service for drone-mounted Flash LIDAR sensors. Our software will create 4D (3D models changing over time) geospatial models to detect changes in industrial infrastructure.

Dronesmith Technologies

Dronesmith Technologies — FINALIST

Dronesmith Technologies creates tools to enable drone developers. Their unique platform is powering a whole ecosystem of next-generation drone solutions. Luci, is world's first stand-alone field-programmable flight controller, that gives any drone out-of-the-box IoT(Internet of Things) capability


Dronomy — FINALIST

Dronomy provides the first situation-aware, autonomous drone for commercial applications. Our drones use computer vision to understand their surroundings, fly independently and avoid obstacles. By using Dronomy organizations can dramatically improve the quality and safety of construction monitoring, inspection and surveying, and reduce costs.

EXO Technologies

EXO Technologies

EXO Technologies is committed to developing the most innovative software based GPS solutions. Our software, PICO, can drastically improve the performance of low-cost GPS receivers enabling accuracy of 5-10 cm. EXO Technologies is providing the tools that will drive technological transformations through vastly improved location-based services.



A designer and manufacturer of a wide range of power generation equipment and other engine-powered products designed to be ultra light, compact and easy to use. Our Hybrid drone is set to revolutionize the commercial drone market by allowing drones to fly for hours.

Luminati Aerospace

Luminati Aerospace

Luminati Aerospace is developing and fielding the next generation of long endurance stratospheric aircraft, capable of autonomous station keeping above 60,000’. Our UAVs are solar-electric and utilize game changing technology allowing energy extraction from winds & gusts – thus being the first of a kind capable of providing continuous flight.



Deploy safe and robust self-driving vehicle applications faster with PolySync™, the autonomy operating system used by OEMs and Tier 1s worldwide. PolySync turns algorithms, sensors, and actuators into plug-and-play apps, making your software faster to build, easier to maintain, and safer to operate.



Skytango™ is the world's first true marketplace for drone operations where we bring flyers, content buyers, and landowners together in a unique way to give everyone a financial stake in successful, safe, and effecient drone operations.



Use VirtualAirBoss™ software by SmartC2 Inc. to manage your entire commercial UAS operation. The Comply and Fly™ infrastructure software integrates key elements needed to run successful commercial UAS businesses. Use preconfigured templates for asset scheduling, maintenance, payload management, COA reporting, cost allocation. www.virtualairboss.com



Stratetek is an early stage start-up company formed to develop and commercialize our LightNG portable power solutions. Enabled by our patented LightNG engine – an opposed piston rotary engine that can deliver 10 horsepower from an assembly the size of a two-liter soda bottle and weighing only 5 lbs – we are poised to make a profound impact on the portable power industry.

Vanilla Aircraft

Vanilla Aircraft — FINALIST

Vanilla Aircraft, with a mission to upend the unmanned aircraft market, was founded by an experienced team of aircraft engineers and fabricators with proven manned and unmanned design experience. Vanilla’s launch product is the VA001 UAS, a reliable platform with a non-stop, unrefueled 10-day endurance, and is currently flying in the NAS.

Viooa Imaging Technology Inc.

Viooa Imaging Technology Inc.

Viooa is the world's first 360° smart camera designed specifically for unmanned vehicles. With a powerful image processor, Viooa offers unique capabilities: real-time stitching and image stabilization, 360° Sense and Avoid, optical flow, and more.


The Startup Showdown is sponsored by

Commercial Drone Fund

Startup Showdown Judges

Jonathan Downey, Founder and CEO, Airware and General Partner, The Commercial Drone Fund
Jonathan Downey
Gareth Keane, Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures
Gareth Keane
Jonathan Rubin, Partner, Westbury Group
Jonathan Rubin
Muzzammil Zaveri, Partner, KPCB
Muzzammil Zaveri