Expa – a global network of startup founders supporting entrepreneurs through expertise, access and funding – today announced a strategic investment in Wingcopter. Getting things to where they need to go is not always easy and often can be overwhelmingly urgent. This is where Wingcopter comes in. The leading German company not only develops and manufactures autonomous delivery drones, but also operates drone delivery infrastructure as a service. Whether it’s deploying life-saving supplies, life-saving drugs, packages or spare parts, the sky is Wingcopter’s highway.
Expa’s support to Wingcopter aligns with the company’s mission of supporting technology companies that build the next generation of category champions and solve global challenges through innovation. Expa’s hands-on, partnership-oriented approach has resulted in the growth and development of companies that shape the industry in transportation and logistics, including Beacon, Aero and Convoy.
Wingcopter’s new flagship aircraft, the Wingcopter 198, is a state-of-the-art all-electric delivery drone designed for safe, reliable, fast and two-way deliveries in a wide range of use cases. The company’s patented tilt rotor technology enables vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), while enabling efficient forward flight over long distances thanks to its fixed-wing design. A key value proposition of Wingcopter is to help its partners increase their operational efficiency through pioneering triple-drop technology, the use of smart and easily replaceable batteries to maximize time in the air and the development of software that will allow a single pilot to fly and monitor up to 10 drones. simultaneously.
“As Uber has revolutionized the way people get from point A to point B, Wingcopter provides the same level of innovation for the transportation of goods, including emergency medicine and medical supplies, medical products. grocery store or freshly prepared food, and even has the power to automate e-commerce. Accelerated by the tailwinds of the global pandemic, we are approaching an inflection point in consumer adoption and industry regulation. Wingcopter is ideally positioned to capitalize on this momentum with its state-of-the-art delivery drone, software and services, ”said Garrett Camp, Founder, Exp.. “Given the team’s track record and its impressive technology stack, Wingcopter will have a profound impact on supply chain transformation, logistics and on-demand delivery. “
Wingcopter’s product has already received significant commercial traction and inbound interest from world-renowned companies. As such, the company recently announced a partnership with the United States’ largest airline medical service provider, Air Methods, to set up a drone medical delivery network for thousands of hospitals in the United States. . In Japan, Wingcopter is working with ANA Holdings Inc., the parent company of Japan’s largest airline All Nippon Airways. ANA aims to build a drone delivery network to help improve the quality of life in rural areas across the country.
Wingcopter is backed by a wide range of institutional investors such as Xplorer Capital, based in Silicon Valley. Building on strong traction in the market, she is preparing her Series B. While Expa believes in Wingcopter’s growth phase and its ongoing fundraising, the company usually invests in the early stages. Along with the investment in Wingcopter, Expa continues to develop its portfolio in Europe and actively seeks early stage investment opportunities in transport, logistics, advanced technology, financial technology, health and wellness. to be.
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Expa and Garrett, who bring a brilliant network and years of experience building and expanding businesses on a global scale that disrupt entire industries. “, said Tom Plümmer, CEO and co-founder, Wingcopter. “With its hands-on ‘By builders for builders’ approach, Expa actively supports our strategy to create nationwide logistics highways in the sky.”
Wingcopter is an award-winning German manufacturer and service provider of eVTOL Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) dedicated to improving and saving the lives of people around the world through significant commercial and humanitarian applications. The startup is focused on optimizing medical supply chains. In the future, Wingcopter will also deliver packages, tools and spare parts, as well as food and groceries. Thanks to its patented tilt rotor mechanism, Wingcopter can take off and land vertically like a multicopter, while flying long distances as efficiently and quickly as a fixed-wing aircraft, even in rainy and windy conditions.
In 2020, Wingcopter was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Wingcopter’s investors include Xplorer Capital, Futury Regio Growth Fund, Futury Ventures, Hessen Kapital III and Corecam Capital Partners.
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