CHF 100’000 for Rigi Technologies

FIT | 07 August 2019

The jury of the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) has chosen to support the Vaud based startup Rigi Technologies (RigiTech) with a CHF 100’000 FIT Tech Seed loan. The young company develops a drone delivery technology that integrates with any existing supply chain.

Based in Lausanne, RigiTech’s drone is capable of delivering packages of 2 to 3 kilos over a distance of 80 kilometers. The startup has developed an IT platform that allows customers to integrate delivery routes directly into their supply chain.

Compared to road deliveries, RigiTech’s “Air Bridge” service provides a faster, cheaper and more consistent logistics link between two different locations or cities. The monitoring and control of the operations of the delivery drones is made possible thanks to a virtual control tower also enabling the integration of the drone flight in the airspace traffic management.

RigiTech’s unique technology has great potential in several markets, such as health, e-commerce or the industry of replacement parts. For the moment, the young company focuses on health and specifically on blood diagnostics. RigiTech facilitates the direct air connection between laboratories, where the speed of delivery is essential for the rapid treatment and the health of the patients.

RigiTech’s board includes representatives of leading companies and associations in the field of drones, such as senseFly, IATA, and the Drone Industry Association of Switzerland.

The FIT startup loan of CHF 100’000 will allow RigiTech to create and operate its first delivery route between two cities in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, which will serve as a showcase for other countries and potential European customers.

Over the next 18 months, RigiTech will obtain the flight permit from the Swiss authorities to start operating their first route. The company hopes to create a delivery network in Switzerland with different customers before expanding to the rest of Europe. The European Union is also in the process of setting up new regulations for drones, allowing flights similar to those taking place in Switzerland. “The support of the FIT is crucial for building trust and demonstrating Switzerland’s pioneering work in drones,” said Adam Klaptocz, co-founder and CEO of RigiTech.

Dr. Adam Klaptocz, co-founder and CEO
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