InterDrone Las Vegas Welcomes Leading Venture Capitalists to Program. Accel Partners to Sponsor Start-Up Zone

Largest North American Drone Conference Creates Dynamic Environment Called The Hangar for Start-Ups to Connect With Leading Funding Companies; Adjoins Main Expo Hall, Includes Targeted Panel Sessions

MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 11, 2015 -- BZ Media LLC announced today stellar lineups for InterDrone panel discussions "Leading VCs Discuss Next Wave of Drone Innovation" and "Ways to Fund Your Drone Business." InterDrone is being held in Las Vegas, Sept. 9-10-11 at the Rio, and features more than 100 classes, panels and keynotes, including 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson and keynotes from AeroVironment, DJI and Parrot.


Ryan Mac, staff writer at Forbes, will lead the VC panel. Miles Clements of Accel, David Lam of WestSummit Capital, and Dave Famolari of Verizon Ventures, will join Mac to discuss cutting-edge drone innovations and future market-driving technologies.

"With 3,000 attendees, InterDrone™ will be the largest commercial drone conference and expo in North America," said Ted Bahr, Chairman of InterDrone. "You will not find a better opportunity to connect with all the constituents of the commercial UAV industry, including leading VCs like those joining us," he added.

"The Ways to Fund Your Drone" panel is led by Frederic Lardinois, a writer at TechCrunch. The panelists include Matthew Bieschke, of UAS America Fund and NEXA Capital Partners, Clements of Accel, and Susan Mac Cormac, of Morrison & Foerster. These experts will discuss the many ways of securing funding as well as the different approaches that are available.

"InterDrone is shaping up to be one of the most well-rounded conferences with experts participating across a range of subject areas," said Bieschke. "Funding for early-stage companies is critically important, and offering panels, The Hangar, and inviting top-level VCs is an excellent way to foster this," he added.

The Hangar is a ballroom adjoining the main expo hall featuring start-up drone companies and it is sponsored by Accel and SkyFund. The SkyFund, backed by DJI and Accel, aims to fund entrepreneurs across a variety of application, hardware, peripheral and services categories where UAVs, robotics and intelligent machines can make a meaningful impact.

InterDrone will also feature a "Coolest Startup" contest where attendees can vote on their most favorite company in The Hangar using poker chips.

"The timing of InterDrone could not be better as 2015 is proving to be a breakout year for funding in the drone industry," said Mac Cormac, adding, "I look forward to meeting start-ups in The Hangar and teaching attendees ways to secure venture capital."

Registration for InterDrone is open at www.InterDrone.com. For information on exhibiting or event sponsorships, please contact Ted Bahr at ted@bzmedia.com or +1 631-421-4158 x101.

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