Renowned investors are interested in drones: Miguel Zorita former chairman of Deloitte and Alentia

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BY : Diego GutiérrezJanuary Fri, 2016
According to CB Insights, 2015 was the year the drone industry took off, at least in terms of startup investment. In 2015, startups in the sector raised more than $450M in a total of 74 deals. This represents an increase of 111% in terms of number of deals and 300% in terms of amount invested. Although most of the deals have taken place in the US, in Spain we have also recently seen that drones are starting to attract investor interest. In the last month alone we have seen the purchase by the former chairman of Deloitte of a company that provides drone services and the investment by Alentia Capital Alternativo in Arbórea Intellbird, although in Spain we are still at a very early stage, the amount of the transactions carried out in 2015 have been far from approaching the average of €6M.


Miguel Zorita buys a majority stake in Drone Spain.

  The former president of Deloitte Miguel Zorita has bought Dron Spain through Zima Capital Management.

Captained by Valencian Jaime Guillot, Dron Spain has until now specialised mainly in the audiovisual sector. With contracts as far away as the North Pole, they started up in August 2014, when they decided to create a company to focus on real estate and used drones to photograph villas.

 Miguel Zorita wants to use these drones for industrial use as he is already doing in the company Daorje, an Asturian company which provides services to metallurgical groups such as Arcelor Mittal. But Drone Spain is not only dedicated to the use of drones in audiovisual, industry, security and agriculture, they have also started to integrate this technology into companies, buying drones from them and managing their pilot licenses. "This is working very well," says Guillot. In addition to this, they are launching a web platform that links other companies in the sector with clients who demand their services. "In this way we nurture the sector. There are currently 900 drone companies in Spain, compared to 20 a year ago.

Alentia invests 450,000 euros in arbórea intellbird

Arborea Intellbird is a company from Salamanca that has developed a drone (Remotely Manned Aerial System or SARP) that enables inspections to be carried out at altitude in a wide range of sectors such as industrial infrastructures, agriculture and aerial photography.

 "The CDTI and Iberdrola had already entered the capital of Arbórea Intellbird in 2014 to boost its launch and now that the company is commercialising its products and services, new investment partners have been sought to underpin the future growth of the company," says Diego Gutierrez of Arbórea Intellbird. Abra-Invest.

 Investors in Alentia have decided to invest in Arbórea Intellbird, due to the great potential of the project in the inspection of all types of industrial infrastructures and the entrepreneurial character of its promoter, Carlos Bernabéu.


To carry out the investment, Alentia has created a special purpose vehicle. This type of vehicle provides a number of advantages such as the possibility of accommodating both large and small investors and the gain of negotiating strength against other parties, but also allows individual investors to benefit from the personal income tax deductions implemented by the Junta de Castilla y León in 2013.

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