Drone Hero Europe


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The Drone Hero Europe is an international competition for European based companies, organizations and individual entrepreneurs who have an innovative business case which comprehends drone technology. ​​


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Typically it are entrepreneurs from start-ups that come up with new innovations and innovative ideas with drones. This contest elevates them by giving the opportunity to present their work in front of a large commercial audience. Six finalists will be invited to the stage during Amsterdam Drone Week to showcase their business and/or product. After the presentations a professional jury of industry leaders will select and announce three winners in different categories.

For who?

The Drone Hero Europe contest is open to everyone based in Europe: students, research institutions, organizations, startups and companies developing or implementing drone solutions. The presented business case can consist of hardware, software or service solutions, or any combination of the above.

3 Categories

The contest is divided into 3 different awards. The jury will vote an International Drone Hero, a Startup Drone Hero and an Innovative Drone Hero. Every participant will be assigned to and compete in a single category. These awards are an additional asset to convince local and foreign prospect of your proficiency. Not only does it bring you fame, it makes you and your staff a proud team. It is also a unique opportunity to step into the international spotlight.

International Drone Hero

This Drone Hero had the largest potential to become a respected player in the international drone industry.

Startup Drone Hero

This Drone Hero is the best startup, meaning the organisation has recently started a new successful concept.

Innovative Drone Hero

This Drone Hero will be rewarded for its outstanding performances regarding developing innovative technology.

The grand finale


RAI Amsterdam

Ceremony date

December 2021

Ceremony host

Amsterdam Drone Week

Contest host

EUKA vzw

When nominated as a finalist, participants will have to give a pitch presentation during the Amsterdam Drone Week in December 2021. The ultimate winners will then be announced during the closing event of the exhibition. This gives the finalists the opportunity to pitch in front of a relevant audience and present their products and services to potential customers or partners.


The jury consitst of multiple international drone experts with a significant background in drone technology or business architecture. They will judge every contestant based on their 3 minute video and pitch presentation to eventually vote a winner in all three categories.

Become a drone hero and launch your international career

Being awarded as a Drone Hero Europe opens a lot of opportunities for future partnerships and helps your organisation to gain brand awareness or attention for your buisness case. Multiple Drone Hero Europe winners from the past are now full-grown companies with a proven trackrecord in the drone industry or are already acquired by larger concerns.

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