IUAVS 2016: Disruptive Business Challenge

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Pitch a new start-up idea with the potential to create new markets, capture existing ones, and generate significant societal impact on a global scale. Awards and recognition for top teams.

The Disruptive Business Challenge will consist of 20 pitch-style presentations on drone business ideas or current start-ups conceived by young innovators and early stage entrepreneurs around the world.

For full details including detailed eligibility, presentation requirements and constraints, prizes, key deadlines, and important links, please see the DBC folder for applicants. A summary of these details is provided below, however all applicants and competitors should refer to the official Competition Guidelines at the link above.

Application Process & Eligibility

The Disruptive Business Challenge is aimed toward Bachelor, Master, and PhD students with creative business ideas or working on thesis, senior/capstone design projects, extracurricular design clubs, or designs for UAS competitions with commercial potential, as well as toward early stage start-ups working on innovative technologies.

To apply, please fill out the registration form by 23h59 EST on November 21, 2016. Accepted competitors will be notified by 23h59 EST on November 25, 2016, and required to register for the conference by 23h59 EST on December 2, 2016.

There is NO additional cost to compete beside conference registration! Discounted tickets available for students.

Start-up ideas covering any topic involving UAS or UAS-related technology may be entered into this competition.

Examples of eligible projects include:

- An integrated drone, satellite, and ground personnel system for wildfire response
- Proposing a new imaging payload for drones that could help in performing new missions
- Big Data analytics for data collected from drones
- Implementing existing UAVs into new industries or improving current UAV use in a given sector

The following are some possible industries to focus on:
- Agriculture
- Ecology and The Environment
- Pipelines, Oil & Gas, or other Heavy Industry
- Energy Generation, fossil fuel or sustainable
- Geographic mapping and analysis
- Sports


The Disruptive Business Challenge will take place in Salons A & B from 1-3:30PM on December 7, with an awards ceremony starting at 4PM on December 7. Floorplan is available at uavshow.ca. Further details on setup and presentation testing will be provided to confirmed presenters.

Presenters wishing to bring equipment involving moving parts or electricity must state these items in the application form and these items must be given explicit approval by The Sky Guys prior to the conference.


All prize money to be sponsored by a major academic, governmental, or industrial partner with an interest in the award criteria.

Best Start-up Idea & Presentation Award
Recognizes exceptional start-up ideation and strategy balanced with exceptional communication skills. Comes with 1000 CAD monetary prize.

Runner-Up Start-up Idea & Presentation Award
Recognizes exceptional start-up ideation and strategy balanced with exceptional communication skills. Comes with 750 CAD monetary prize.

Outstanding Start-Up Idea Award
Recognizes exceptional technical innovation to address a significant problem in drone technology or the drone industry at large. Comes with 250 CAD monetary prize.

Greatest Potential Impact Award
Bestowed upon the team whose project is determined by a consensus of the judges to have the greatest potential to generate the most social good while generating significant revenues. Comes with 250 CAD monetary prize.

Certificate of Honourable Mention
Bestowed upon the teams in the top 15th percentile of scores. Recognizes the most outstanding business innovators and their start-up ideas. No monetary prize.

Certificate of Meritorious Participation
Bestowed upon all accepted teams by default, for having qualified through a rigorous selection process to compete in the Disruptive Business Challenge itself. No monetary prize.

About IUAVS and the University Pavilion at large:

The annual International UAV Show--taking place Dec. 6-7, 2016 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto--is an industry-focused conference uniting some 3000 individuals representing Canadian and global organizations active in the drone space, including commercial operators, aerospace and defence contractors, regulatory bodies, as well as clients across the many industries that drones now serve.

With world-class speakers and exhibitors from DJI Drones, senseFly, CBC's Dragon's Den, OMX, CCUVS, PrecisionHawk, and various government agencies and research institutions, IUAVS aims to be the go-to hub for facilitating industry adoption of drones and identifying the future of the drone industry.

The University Pavilion of the International UAV Show consists of two presentation halls and an exhibit area allocated exclusively to showcasing technological or business innovation led by students, young researchers, or young professionals around the world.

Summary of the University Pavilion elements:

  1. Disruptive Business Challenge (www.iuavsdisruptbiz.eventbrite.ca). Awards and recognition for top teams.

  2. UAS Research & Design Symposium (www.iuavsrnd.eventbrite.ca). Awards and recognition for top teams.

  3. Global Leaders’ Forum (see speakers/Agenda at www.uavshow.ca).

  4. Innovation Showcase (see www.iuavsshowcase.eventbrite.ca).

Additional Links

Official conference website (includes conference registration link) www.uavshow.ca

The Sky Guys website www.theskyguys.ca

Cambridge House International www.cambridgehouse.com

Enercare Centre http://www.enercarecentre.com/

Cover Photo courtesy of BNN / The Sky Guys (2016).

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