The Bermuda Host Committee for Global Entrepreneurship Week has extended congratulations toConner Burns and EJ Burrows of Bermuda Aerial Media and its subsidiary company Skymatics for taking home the top prize for the International Future Agro Challenge at Industry Disruptors 2014 in Athens, Greece.
The Future Agro Challenge is a featured event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Founded and run by industry disruptors - game changers, FAC is the world championship for innovators, visionaries and leaders looking to solve agricultural challenges. This year marked the first time that the event was featured as a highlighted event, or global pick, of GEW.
Burns and Burrows founded Bermuda Aerial Media in 2013 as Bermuda's first licensed and insured aerial photography, video and photographic company using gps controlled multi-rotor uav's. The company won the 2013 Bermuda Technology Innovation Award presented by the Department of E-Commerce.
Just recently, Burrows relocated to Alberta, Calgary to launch Skymatics as a Canadian subsidiary specializing in the use of UAV's to provide photographic services & equipment for the agricultural, oil & gas, real estate, construction and many other industries in the area.
It was this component of the company that captured the FAC judge’s attention for its use of cutting edge technology in robotics, engineering, and computer software and applying it in diverse ways to aid in agricultural land management by monitoring large tracks of farmland for moisture and nutrients content and instantly conveying this information back to central control stations.
FAC targets entrepreneurs in agribusiness and focuses on innovative development and fresh ideas. With food processing on the rise, globalization boosting mass production and living a healthy lifestyle taking the center stage, agriculture is constantly changing and growing.
Over 30 GEW countries hosted local competitions. Startups with breakthrough ideas from ten countries were chosen to bring their dreams on the global stage of Disrupt Startup to pitch in front of a live audience and judges including European commissioners, government officials, entrepreneurs, startups, investors, corporations, organizations and the media.
The ten who pitched on November 15th -16th included: ifarma/ Agrostis from Greece, Bermuda Aerial Media from Bermuda, ReGenerate from Bulgaria, Pronat-Agro from Moldova, IBDA3 from Morocco, St.George Valley Organic Farming from Albania, GRØD from Denmark, Djazaltecfrom Algeria, Wilhelms Best from Germany, eKatun.com from Kosovo.
To learn about the finalists, go to: http://2014.industrydisruptors.org/portfolio_category/future-agro-challe...
During the Bermudian competition, which was conducted by Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) in October, BEDC Board Member and owner of Harbormaster Sheilagh Robertson said of the winners, “Bermuda Aerial Media is a good example of a small company founded by two young Bermudians who are taking advantage of cutting edge technology in robotics, engineering, and computer software and applying it in diverse ways. The partners Connor Burns and EJ Burrows, have the vision to look beyond Bermuda’s shores to create a business that has the potential to expand globally as they are pioneers in a new field.”
Jamillah Lodge, Program Officer at BEDC added, “I am so happy for Connor and EJ! I recall challenging them to enter the FAC competition while we were at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow in March. Fast forward 8 months and they have taken top honors against global competitors which is something that all Bermuda can be proud of. Their win is the realization of a personal goal that I have had since becoming involved with GEW, to get our local entrepreneurs international exposure so that they increase their opportunity for success. Well done guys!” On top of the honor, the winners captured a prize of €7,000 capital funding for placing first in the competition.