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Zipline rival Swoop Aero raises funding to help curb COVID-19 in Africa

Swoop Aero, a Melbourne-based drone startup operating a fleet of drones delivering medical supplies in Malawi in a bid to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Swoop Aero, founded in 2017, received a further Venture Capital investment, co-led by venture capital firms Tempus Partners and Right Click Capital to help it commence flight operations to deliver vaccines by drone in the Équateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The firm said it would use the funds to fuel its growth across Africa and into Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. The firm, founded by former air force pilot Eric Peck and mechatronics engineer Josh Tepper in 2017, competes Zipline, which has been in operations in Africa longer and has been championing pan-African expansion too.

Eric Peck, CEO and Co-Founder of Swoop Aero, said, “Looking to 2020, Swoop Aero is well-positioned to continue scaling its operations and transporting essential supplies and medical samples between an increasing number of locations around the world. We’re a growing professional organisation with an unbeatable technical background. Our operations team includes former air force pilots, current commercial pilots, and leading engineers, meaning we are ideally positioned to enable access for in-need communities in locations that have previously been the hardest places to reach in the world.”

Read more from source article: https://techmoran.com/2020/04/09/zipline-rival-swoop-aero-raises-funding-to-help-curb-covid-19-in-africa/

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