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Eva improves lives & company operations through its dual offer of electric & autonomous aircrafts and a network of drone charging stations

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Eva improves lives and company operations by combining its network of vertical stations with a unique electric aircraft technology that was developed in order to facilitate logistics around the globe. We would like to make urban and rural point-to-point deliveries more efficient and sustainable. 

With our first aircraft, the Valkyr, we have innovated a very unique autonomous electric vertical take-off and landing drone. We offer a comprehensive service, including our own application, a vertical station providing necessary charging- and storage infrastructure and lastly our distinctive aircraft technology. 

Most new logistical solutions require a profound setup of new infrastructure, which is time-consuming and costly – with EVA’s portable vertical stations, we are inherently self-sufficient, whilst enjoying the flexibility to bring our solution to wherever it is most needed. 

The combination of a service, based upon an unmanned electric aircraft, will allow us to eliminate several pain points such as: Lack of Infrastructure, People availability, Arrival Uncertainty, Cost of maintenance, Pollution. EVA's primary objective is to address the LIFE segment - covering healthcare, rescue and disaster prevention.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Our idea is to offer a solution to people in need around the world. Either by closing gaps between medical supply chains, especially in less developed areas or by providing ad hoc support in areas affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods. We offer a more cost-effective, environmentally friendly and reliable replacement for conventional helicopters. Especially in countries with a large number of islands, we have a significant competitive advantage. Through the placement of a high number of vertical stations, we can create well-connected hubs that can serve a large number of different purposes. Airborne solutions usually provide better access to people in catastrophic situations, while the fact that our aircraft is unmanned guarantees that no pilot is put at risk during the flight of a mission. Guaranteed by EVA’s approach to open the system of our charging and storage facilities to other airborne logistics companies, every drone operator can make usage of our stations

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

So far we have only conducted tested within our manufacturing halls and the outdoor area of our facility together with our AI partner from Helsinki. Valuable insights were especially that both products, aircraft and charging station

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Supported by Techstars, Starburst Accelerator and the MBRIF accelerator, EVA brings a profoundly experienced management team with his CEO, Olivier Le Lann, ex-Tesla and London Business School alumnus and Olivier Journet, ex-EADS and Stanford and Polytechnique graduate. Besides, we have a team of talented and passionate engineers and business developers on the ground in our facility in Lisbon and a great number of advisors and part-time engineers supporting us from all over the globe.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

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Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

We would use the money for further R&D testing and hopefully the production of our first ready-to-market 2 V-Stations (estimated cost are +/- 35.000€) Also to cover expenses on the ground in America and for partner acquisition of hospitals/pharmacies or other last-mile delivery operators.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

First of all, we would use part of the funding to move certain parts of our product-development over to Austin to then finalize R&D efforts to place a minimum of 2-3 stations in certain areas to then kickstart proper operative testing. We would then like to test in a real-life setting how the vertical take-off and landing of our drone would work from one of our vertical stations, if given flights are in line with flight rights & authorizations, whether a payload can safely be transported from A to B and whether the landing and 'collection' of our drone works seamlessly. Further, engage in detailed testing of autonomous charging-mechanism and the loading/unloading of the drone's payload. Lastly, conduct extensive market research, understand what last-mile delivery roadblocks with respect to 'critical goods' are, understand how to direct airborne point-to-point deliveries to people's doorsteps can be realised and what could be potential scaling-issues.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

- Once found operating partners, calculate the return of investment for the leasing of one or more stations. - Measure how many delivery-flights can be deducted per day, which products are successfully delivered from A to B - Measure delivery times to remote areas and to which extent these are quicker than conventional last-mile deliveries via road. Further, measure (once scaled) whether traffic flow actually improves after converting a certain amount of transportations into airborne deliveries. - Calculate amounts of CO2 emissions saved on a daily basis Measure how the development cost can be optimized,

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes, absolutely - as we are aiming to build our business upon a leasing-model for different delivery partners for the following use-cases (and others). Through a fast ROI, the growth of our network of V-Stations should quickly be guaranteed. - Critical Goods - Short-stocked medical supply/ Blood vessels - On-shore / off-shore connection - Connecting areas without hospital access - Water, Food and Clothing to post-disaster areas - Replacement parts for (agricultural)machines

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