Financing through a third-party allocation of shares with Aerosense Co., Ltd. and the University of Tokyo Collaborative Creation Platform Development Co., Ltd. as lead investors
Aerosense Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, President: Kotaro Sabe, hereinafter referred to as “Aerosense”) provides solutions to companies and local governments by combining in-house developed domestic industrial drones and cloud services. In early October, the University of Tokyo Co-Creation Platform Development Co., Ltd. (head office: Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, President: Katsuhiko Oizumi, hereinafter “The University of Tokyo IPC”) operated the Open Innovation Promotion No. 1 Investment Business Limited Liability Association (hereinafter ” AOI No. 1 Fund”) was the lead investor and raised funds through a third-party allotment.
Receiving funding and support, strengthening product supply system and management, aiming for further social implementation of drones In recent years, labor shortages have become an issue in industries such as construction, civil engineering, logistics, fisheries, and agriculture, as well as in fields such as inspection and surveying. The industrial drone market is expected to expand rapidly in the future as the need to solve problems such as operational efficiency increases in these industries and fields. The size of the domestic drone business market in Japan is expected to expand by 34.3% year-on-year to 309.9 billion yen in FY2022, and is expected to reach 793.3 billion yen in FY2027*. We continue to grow by enhancing our ability to implement products in society with our high technological capabilities, contributing to the resolution of social issues. In addition to strengthening the manufacturing and sales system for various drone models, including VTOL (vertical take-off and landing type fixed wing), which is Aerosense’s strength, we have reached this funding with the aim of building a strong business operation system. rice field. The University of Tokyo IPC, a new shareholder, plans to receive support based on its wealth of experience and knowledge in venture development and investment, especially in open innovation. Responding to on-site issues with a consistent development system for software and hardware
With the mission of “bringing innovation through drone technology and contributing to society,” Aerosense established a partnership between Sony Mobile Communications Inc. (at that time, currently owned by Sony Group Inc.) and ZMP Inc. in August 2015. Established by joint investment. We provide industrial solutions that are easy to use in various fields by having a comprehensive development system in-house, from domestic drone hardware to software.
Aerosense’s VTOL-type drone “Aero Bowing” was released in October 2020 as the first vertical take-off and landing fixed-wing drone in the domestic drone industry, and boasts a maximum cruising range of 50km. This aircraft has already been used for wide-area and long-distance surveillance work, etc., and it is possible to monitor the site in the event of an emergency such as a disaster or distress in a remote location. In addition, the “Aerobo PPK” drone, which was launched in May 2022 and can perform surveying according to the surveying system of the i-Construction standard without setting control points, is about 1/3 of the surveying work by general drones. We are enhancing our product lineup to help solve social issues by leveraging our high development capabilities.
Regarding this funding, Kotaro Sabe, President and CEO of Aerosense, said as follows.
“Our company is in its 8th year of establishment, and we have received support from the University of Tokyo IPC for further growth in the future. Utilizing the funds raised, we will manufacture a unique product group cultivated in the development phase so far.・We will strengthen our supply capabilities, including sales, etc. We will also work to strengthen management and improve corporate value by incorporating the know-how of the University of Tokyo IPC as a venture capital.”
Katsuhiko Oizumi, President and CEO of Todai IPC, the lead investor, said as follows.
“Industrial drones are expected to become essential tools to support operations and infrastructure in a wide range of industries such as construction, civil engineering, logistics, fisheries, and
agriculture. We are the only company in the industry that can have many solutions and technologies that are the first in Japan by having a development system for both hardware and software to deal with the field.We are cutting-edge drones and technologies through cooperation with operating companies and academia. Together, we aim to contribute to society by bringing about innovation with AI and the cloud, and by automating and streamlining various tasks in the real world.” Until now, Aerosense has received investment from multiple companies and has continued to grow, and with this first venture capital participation, we will aim for further growth by leveraging our diverse knowledge and know-how.
(*) Source: Impress Research Institute “Drone Business Survey Report 2022” Details about this release: