Drones Startups funded by Y Combinator (YC) 2024

April 2024

Browse 12 of the top Drones startups funded by Y Combinator.

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  • Zeitview
    Zeitview (w2015)Active • 200 employees • Santa Monica, CA, USA
    At Zeitview, our goal is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure. We do this by combining advanced inspection software with the ability to capture visual data in more than 60 countries. This allows us to deliver safer, faster, lower-cost inspections of energy and infrastructure assets with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability. We use artificial intelligence and machine learning to ingest and analyze vast amounts of visual data to provide objective insights that our customers can act on immediately.
  • Flirtey (SkyDrop)
    Flirtey (SkyDrop) (s2015)Active • 11 employees • Reno, NV, USA
    Flirtey is the leading drone delivery service. We are reinventing the on-demand economy with our network of flying robots for last mile delivery. Our mission is to save lives and change lifestyles by making delivery instant. Flirtey’s drone delivery service is faster, more efficient and the ultimate customer experience. We’re rapidly growing our team and achieving a record number of historic firsts in the drone delivery industry, advancing autonomy, safety systems and advanced delivery technology. If you are interested in having your goods delivered via Flirtey, or joining the team that is transforming the delivery industry, visit www.flirtey.com Recent Company Milestones: - October 2017 – Announced a partnership to launch the first automated external defibrillator (AED) drone delivery service in the U.S. - January 2017 – Raised $16 million in Series A funding from top Silicon Valley investors. - August 2016 – Launched the world’s first commercial pizza-by-drone delivery model in partnership with Domino’s. - July 2016 – Conducted the first fully autonomous, FAA-approved drone delivery from a store to a home in partnership with 7-Eleven. - June 2016 – Completed the first fully autonomous, FAA-approved ship-to-shore drone delivery in collaboration with Johns Hopkins. - April 2016 – The Flirtey drone used to make the first FAA-approved delivery in the U.S. accepted into the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, alongside the Space Shuttle Discovery and the Wright Flyer. - March 2016 – Conducted the first fully autonomous, FAA-approved urban drone delivery in the U.S. - July 2015 – Completed the first FAA-approved drone delivery on U.S. soil in collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center. - Summer 2015 – Graduated Y Combinator. - 2013 – Founded the first drone delivery service in the world.
  • Buoyant Aero
    Buoyant Aero (s2021)Active • 2 employees • San Francisco, CA, USA
    Buoyant Aero builds unmanned blimps that move middle-mile air freight at half the cost of a small plane. We're two MIT hardware engineers who've been friends for almost a decade, and we've built satellites and antennas at Astranis, Wafer, and OneWeb. So far, we’ve built and flown four airships - our most recent is 20 feet long and capable of speeds up to 35 miles per hour. We’ve also closed $5 million in LOIs and have two pilot programs planned. We're starting by improving air cargo in remote regions like Alaska and northern Canada, and will expand to move less-than-truckload shipments in low density parts of the world.
  • Aerones
    Aerones (w2018)Active • 25 employees • Riga, Latvia
    We have created a robotic system for wind turbine blade maintenance. It can perform tasks such as lightning conductivity testing, high-resolution inspection, drainage hole cleaning, cleaning, painting and leading-edge repair.
  • ApolloShield
    ApolloShield (s2016)Active • Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
    Detect and safely block unwanted drone intrusions. Track down and arrest unauthorized operators. Developed by experts from Israel Defense Forces and currently serving more than 25 countries, ApolloShield is the world leader in detecting and blocking drone intrusions, as well as tracking down and arresting unauthorized drone operators.
  • Paladin
    Paladin (s2018)Active • 12 employees • Houston, TX, USA
    When a 911 call is received, our drone is autonomously dispatched from a fire station and flies to the scene. It streams a live video feed back to the first responders, providing them with key situational details, such as the size and exact location of a fire.
  • Corvus Robotics
    Corvus Robotics (s2018)Active • 20 employees • Mountain View, CA, USA
    Our software allows drones to fly indoors and collect analytics, helping warehouses automate inventory collection.
  • Avion
    Avion (w2020)Active • 28 employees • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Avion is a drone-based digital health platform, designed to bridge the gap between remote clinics and urban healthcare infrastructures. By connecting these isolated clinics with sophisticated labs and well-stocked pharmacies in cities, Avion brings a new era of remote diagnostics and prescription fulfilment. Avion ensures the rapid, safe, and efficient delivery of vital medical supplies and clinical samples, even to the most hard-to-reach locations. Avion's operation uniquely combines cutting-edge autonomous drone technology with digital health platforms. Our drones, built with advanced eVTOL capabilities, ensure seamless take-off and landing capabilities, even in challenging terrains. Avion's digital health platform serves as the connective tissue between urban health centers and remote clinics. The platform features an intuitive interface, making it easy for healthcare providers to order necessary supplies, track shipments, and even communicate with laboratory and pharmacy staff.
  • Volansi
    Volansi (w2017)Acquired • 85 employees • San Francisco, CA, USA
    Volansi builds and operates high-payload long-range unmanned aerial vehicles to service B2B customers with a point-to-point delivery solution that saves them millions of dollars in down-time costs. We service customers around the world with a focus on defense, commercial, and medical supply deliveries. Our aerial vehicles can transport loads up to 200 lbs up to 1,000 mi. Volansi was founded by Hannan Parvizian and Wesley Zheng in 2015, and is based in San Francisco.
  • Iris Automation (s2016)Acquired • San Francisco, CA, USA
    The future for autonomous industrial drones is in sight - Enabling safer drone operation through intelligent collision avoidance. We are a Y Combinator and Silicon Valley investor company with a team from NASA, Boeing and PhDs in computer vision. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/y7tm4zr8 Website: www.IrisOnBoard.com