R&D and innovation news: US tech accelerator snaps up C-Prize finalist

NZ company Dotterel, runner-up in Callaghan Innovation’s inaugural C-Prize Challenge with noise-suppressing technology for drones, now has international success in its sights after being signed up by an American technology accelerator.

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TechStars is one of the most prestigious technology accelerators in the world, connecting companies to global heavy hitters and significant investment opportunities. Dotterel is the first New Zealand-based company to be accepted.

Founded by three brothers in 2015 to address unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) noise in cinematography, Dotterel will participate in Techstar’s first Asia-Pacific programme, to be held in Adelaide from mid-July.

Watch the Dotterel video here

The 3-month programme will focus on defence-applicable technologies and is mentored by Boeing, Thales and Saab – three of the world’s largest defence contractors.

Chief Operating Officer Shaun Edlin says Dotterel has the potential to be ‘the Dolby of drones’ and its technology has possibilities for a huge range of commercial applications. Co-founder Seamus Rowe adds: “However, without Callaghan Innovation’s C-Prize Challenge, we wouldn’t be here. It gives you a goal, in our case a problem to solve, and the money to go after it.”

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