Egyptian Selfie Drone Startup Defeats Applicants to Win US$26,000
Say Hello to World’s First Drone-based Selfie Camera
Founded by Mohamed Ghaith, Egyptian startup Drofie has made the first drone-based selfie camera. After defeating 865 other applicants, it has won its place in Kickstart Accelerator, a Switzerland based program, thus winning 25,000 Swiss Francs (US$26,000).
What Drofie Does
It is a pocket-sized camera in the body of a drone. Just pull it out of your pocket and throw it up. It glides and takes stills and selfies of you. Loaded with auto-focus and smile detection features, Drofie is the first such camera that can take stable stills without any problem. All other drone cameras, till now, take aerial videos but are ill- supported for selfies due to stability issues. Drofie also offers panorama mode and can be controlled with a simple mobile app.
How Kickstart Accelerator is Helping Drofie?
It is a program that offers promising startup ideas a platform to grow and reach out to industry players. Now that Ghaith’s Drofie has made it to the program, the team will be sent to Zurich for a 3-month development program where the they will work in shared office spaces, get access to potential business partners and get to know more about the Swiss startup ecosystem. The team will also be receiving 25,000 Swiss Franc plus monthly founder stipend.
Road to The Big Launch
The commercial launch is being planned for next year. But before that Ghaith and his team are planning to launch a crowd-funding campaign and create buzz around their product.
- Drofie is world’s first drone-based selfie camera.
- The Egyptian startup has made it to the Kickstart Accelerator after defeating 865 other applicants and would be joining a 3-month program in Zurich to further develop their project.
- They will receive US$26,000 from Kickstart Accelerator.
- The pocket-sized camera is expected to come into market by next year.