Published On: Sun, Dec 11th, 2016

Mitsui invests in Israeli drone Startup Dronomy

This is first-ever investment in an Israeli technology company made by Mitsui Fudosan's corporate venture capital fund "31VENTURES from Japan. The Tel Aviv based startup builds knowledge into construction projects through analysis of data collected by drones.

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Israeli startup Dronomy, a software company that focused on building knowledge into construction projects through analysis of data collected by drones, has raised funding from Mitsui Fudosan’s corporate venture capital fund 31VENTURES from Japan.

The company’s existing investors, including Battery Ventures, Lool Ventures and Oryzn Capital, have also participated this funding round. No financial details were disclosed. The company has raised $1.5 million.

Founded by CEO Ori Aphek and VP R&D Dr. Guy Raz in September 2015, Dronomy captures unique and frequent project data using autonomous drones, and analyzes it into actionable information that is shared over the cloud to all relevant project stakeholders.

The construction market is estimated by the World Economic Forum at almost $10 trillion, while drone-based solutions for the construction market are estimated by Goldman Sachs to accumulate to over $11 billion in the next five years.

Aphek said, “This is now ratified by one of the world’s largest players in our market. Our ability to make consumer drones fly low and close in construction sites, capture the right visual data, translate it into knowledge, and appropriately deliver this knowledge is what makes us different.”

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“It did not take us long to realize the outstanding business potential of Dronomy, which led us to making our first-ever investment in an Israeli technology company, ” explains Akira Sugawara, General Manager of 31VENTURES. “The construction market, its challenges and the opportunities it encapsulates are well known to us. We were impressed to see how Dronomy and its remarkable team understand and address these challenges.”

This funding round will allow the company to launch its solution on international markets and to ramp-up its customer acquisition, starting in the first quarter of 2017.

The construction market is estimated by the World Economic Forum at almost $10 trillion, while drone-based solutions for the construction market are estimated by Goldman Sachs to accumulate to over $11 billion in the next five years. Construction companies, developers and sub-contractors are starting to realize the benefits of using unique technological solutions as part of their business processes to reduce ever-occurring project delays, cost overruns and disputes, which can account for a significant percentage of a project’s overall costs.

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