Volansi looks to accelerate middle-mile drone delivery with $50m raise

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Volansi has closed $50 million in a Series B round of funding.

Led by Icon Ventures, other participants in this financing include existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and YCombinator as well as new investors Harpoon Ventures and Merck Global Health Innovation Fund.

In addition to the company’s funding, Volansi also announced Joe Horowitz, managing partner of Icon, and Barry Eggers, founding partner of Lightspeed, will join its board of directors.

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Volansi provides automated point-to-point drone delivery services for time-critical parts and urgent medical supplies for enterprise customers and the U.S. Department of Defense.

This new funding will allow Volansi to build on current momentum by expanding its team, launching new projects and scaling current initiatives in both emerging markets and in the US.

Hannan Parvizian, CEO and co-founder of Volansi, said: “The combination of our best in class cargo drones and unique software platform set us apart from others in the industry.

“Closing our Series B with such high-quality investors, especially during these challenging times, is further testament to the venture capital community’s confidence in our business and will allow us to keep pushing the envelope of mobility and robotics.”

While Joe Horowitz of Icon said: “The drone market is very crowded with all sorts of players, but after getting to know Hannan and his team and doing an extensive amount of due diligence, especially with Volansi’s key customers and distribution partners, it became abundantly clear that the company is well-positioned to rapidly build a huge business.”

“We are particularly excited about Volansi’s unique ability to address the medical community with urgent vaccine delivery, particularly in looking ahead to a post-COVID world.”

With $25 million of prior capital provided by Lightspeed and other investors, Volansi developed and brought to market first-of-their-kind autonomous drones, including the VOLY M20 and VOLY C10.  The VOLY C10, the workhorse of Volansi’s UAV fleet, carries up to 10-pounds of cargo over 50 miles. 

The aircraft has already performed operations in Africa, the Caribbean, and the US.  The VOLY M20, is a dual role aircraft with the ability to simultaneously carry up to 20-pounds of cargo in addition to 10-pounds of sensor payloads. It has a 350-mile range, a cruising speed of 75 mph, and more than eight hours of endurance for sensor operations.

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