Weiterstadt, Germany, 12 December 2023. The Germany-based delivery drone company Wingcopter, which focuses on improving medical supply chains and the logistics of urgently needed goods, has won the Gründerszene Award 2023, the most prestigious award for German startups. The winner was chosen from 15 pre-selected start-ups in a public voting process.
“Being voted Startup of the Year by the Gründerszene readers means a lot to us. It recognizes the years of hard work invested by the entire Wingcopter team. Each of us is putting so much passion into revolutionizing the transportation of goods over the most difficult mile through fast, efficient and environmentally friendly drone deliveries. This award gives us even more energy to keep pushing forward in the years to come,” said Tom Plümmer, Co-founder and CEO of Wingcopter.
Founded in 2017, Wingcopter has become a leading company in the development, production, and operation (“Drone-as-a-Service”) of electric delivery drones in recent years. In addition to a project to improve healthcare in rural Malawi, which Wingcopter operates together with the German Gesellschaft für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (GIZ) and UNICEF, the company recently launched the “LieferMichel” pilot project in the Odenwald region of Germany.
Together with the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, the company is testing a delivery service that allows residents of two remote districts of Michelstadt to have everyday goods delivered by Wingcopter drone and cargo bike – conveniently, quickly and emission-free. The research project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV). In addition to a wide range of products from the local REWE Center, LieferMichel customers can now also order fan merchandise from Bundesliga club SV Darmstadt 98 – and, as of today, regional products from the Odenwaldbox range.
Wingcopter is a German manufacturer of unmanned, all-electric delivery drones and provider of drone delivery services, specializing in enhancing medical supply chains and the logistics of urgently needed goods. The 150-strong team is dedicated to improving and saving lives worldwide through meaningful commercial and humanitarian applications. Wingcopter is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and Global Innovator.
Thanks to its patented tilt-rotor mechanism and proprietary software algorithms, the Wingcopter 198 can take off and land vertically like a multicopter, while flying long distances as efficiently and quickly as a fixed-wing aircraft, even in rain and wind.
Wingcopter’s investors include the European Investment Bank, REWE Group, Salvia, XAI technologies, Xplorer Capital, Futury Capital, ITOCHU, DRONE FUND, SYNERJET, Expa, Hessen Kapital III, and Corecam Capital Partners.
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