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Startup Showdown

General Information:

Wednesday, October 7 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Complimentary for All Registered XPONENTIAL Attendees

Event Information:

The AUVSI Startup Showdown is a competition for early-stage, disruptive companies who are creating, innovating or enhancing unmanned systems technologies and applications.

During the Startup Showdown, five finalists will have ten minutes each to pitch their business to a panel of judges followed by a five-minute live question and answer session.



CivDrone (Israel) develops fast, reliable and autonomous marking solutions on UAVs and UGVs for the construction industry.
By digitalizing and automating construction layout, CivDrone reduces the risk of project delays while reducing project costs. CivDrone is already working with landmark general contractors in Israel, Europe, Asia and USA.


Mesodyne builds generators that fit in the palm of your hand. They are completely silent, have no moving parts, operate on any fuel, and have 10X the energy density of lithium ion batteries. Developed at MIT, incubated at ANL, and accelerated by the Air Force Techstars, Mesodyne’s patented technology enables small electric UAVs to fly 10X longer.

Pierce Aerospace

Pierce Aerospace focuses on the practical and robust integration of Remote ID services into the UAS ecosystem. As an industry leader, Pierce Aerospace serves on the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team, ASTM F38 UAS Remote ID Committee, and the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee Task Groups for Remote ID and Waivers. Funds from the US Air Force and the State of Indiana support the development of Pierce Aerospace’s Flight Portal ID suite of Remote ID technologies. Flight Portal ID was nominated as Indiana’s Innovation of the Year by Techpoint and was awarded first place in Remote ID technology by AUVSI’s Xcellence’s Awards. Pierce Aerospace is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, The Racing Capital of the World.

Sentient Blue

Sentient Blue develops hybrid microturbine power systems for UAVs as a direct replacement for lithium polymer batteries.
They are capable of increasing flight times by a factor of 5. Sentient Blue won the GENIUS NY 2019 and $1 million investment in 2019. Their first product, the Mãui 8500 hybrid unit, is on display at this year’s AUVSI Xponential.

Tomahawk Robotics

Tomahawk Robotics is a market leader and innovator of robotic control solutions serving industrial, security and defense markets. Tomahawk Robotics is committed to driving enterprise adoption of robotics by reducing cost and making robotic systems easier to use through intuitive, user-centric design.


A special thank you to the distinguished team of investment and unmanned systems professionals who volunteered to support this program with their expertise and dedication. The time they invest helps ensure we’re bringing you top startups and a great pitch session!

First Round Judges:

  • Jack Henry de Frahan, GNC Engineer, Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Michelle Duquette, Portfolio Manager: Unmanned Aircrafy Systems, MITRE
  • Jonathan Hartman, Disruptive Technologies Lead, Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
  • Patrick Sherman, Founder, Roswell Flight Test Crew
  • Wenjiang Yu, Electric Propulsion Systems Engineer, Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company

Startup Showdown Judging Panel:

  • Orin Hoffman, Venture Partner, The Engine, built by MIT
  • Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo, Senior Director, Advanced Technology and Innovations, BAE Systems
  • Marco Rubin, Senior Investment Director, Center for Innovative Technology


3:00 – 3:05 PM Welcome by Orin Hoffman
3:05 – 4:20 PM Startup Showdown Finalist Pitches and Judge Q&A
4:20 – 4:25 PM Judge Deliberation
4:25 – 4:30 PM Winner Announced
4:30 – 5:30 PM Celebration at the Series B(eer) Fundrink in the Startup Xcelerator in the XPO Hall!