Arone Startup from Nigeria Raises $5,000 Funding from 2 Angel Investors

Arone startup

In 2015, Yudala platform led first Nigeria’s drone delivery system during its business during its Black Friday sales. The device took off at the Redemption Crescent, Gbagada in Lagos. The drone also packed several Nokia Lumia smartphones. In the recent past, application of drones was in surveillance of oil installations, films, and movies. The problems encountered with these drones consisted of few hours flight and short distance coverage. Moreover, the drone could not carry heavy luggage.

The $5,000 funding which came from two angel investors will facilitate the development of Arone. Therefore, the drone now can fly at high speed and cover more than 120 km. A huge part of the funding helped in the acquisition of equipment and inventory. The main component was a 3D printer for a faster prototyping. The company plans to test the equipment by the end of this month.

Apart from the 3D prototype, Arone also creates a series of charging stations. This effort will help to improve the speed of delivery systems in Nigeria. One of the Arone partners is Mr. Jonas Michanek, an external incubator manager. He played a big role in the establishment of the Roar Nigeria incubator. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka incubated the device. The Arone’s core clients comprise of online shopping and postal services. Others are Medical delivery and Grocery Shopping. To use the drone, the customers MUST subscribe to Arone’s delivery platforms.

Stumbling Blocks

The startup faces many challenges which hinder its potential growth and development. Lack of on-grid power system is one of the major challenges affecting the company. For effective operation, the device requires a 24-hour power intake and 3D printer. Another problem is inadequate funds. The company is still looking for more funding from local and global platforms.  Emmanuel Ezenwere, the founder of Arone noted that more grants will support the accelerators and incubators programs. He added that the plans are underway to apply for the winter incubation (Y-Combinator).

The company looks forward to availing their services in most parts of Lagos. Besides, the company intends to expand in other big towns in Nigeria. Targeted cities include the Port-Harcourt, Enugu States, Abuja, and Cross River in two years. It also intends to launch its operation in at least five large cities in every African state.


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