Queen Ndlovu

QP Drone Tech Pty ( Ltd)

What does your company do?

QP Drone Tech offer drone services : 1. Surveys, inspection and mapping for the following clients: mines, agriculture, disaster risk management, insurance & financial sector and security 2.We offer Drone Master classes in partnerships with Wits Enterprise 3.We offer Drone Pilot training and Drone Data processing training 4.We host Annual Drone Conference in Partnership with Foundation( SAFL) annually : Theme: Drones,AI and GIS in Disaster Risk Management in partnership with our Foundation : South Africa Flying Labs . 5.Early stages of manufacturing in partnership with CSIR with a drone prototype in existence

What is your biggest success?

1. Being the first company in South Africa to host the first Conference in using drones and robots for disaster risk management sponsored by SANTAM, UNICEF-SA and ESRIE-US. 2. Winning several global and local awards such as the following : Humanitarian award in Washington DC The Innovation award presented by the President of South Africa Best ICT women Leader in Africa presented by Minister Pandor 3.Co-authored a drone book that hit number 1 spot on Amazon in US, Germany and Spain 4.Featuring in several global and local media houses Voice of America eNCA,Radio 702,Power FM , SABC amongst others

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Securing Funding for manufacturing set up which was our initial business model Market access , we had to do a lot bootstrapping and offering some services and drone DEMO free of charge