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Indoor flying drones – testing, racing, training

Jeroen Engelkes, a former pilot, had the ambition to stimulate drone activities for quite a while. He was inspired at the time when he was involved at the University of Delft Robo Valley initiative a few years back. However, with all the regulations and limitation on flying drones in open spaces, it was not easy to set up business in this area. Jeroen’s ‘out of the box’ thinking made him approach it differently and instead he set up the first indoor Drone center in Holland, where you can fly drones to your hearts content (7 days a week, 24 hours a day if you really wanted to).

Drone testing, racing and training

The former flight base in Valkenburg, situated between The Hague and Leiden in the west of Netherlands, is home to the first dutch Drone center which opened in February this year (2017). “The location is ideal and fits well with the ‘flight‘ theme. We are situated close to the international airport, to technical universities, innovation companies and to start-up hubs” says Jeroen.

The indoor center provides facilities for drones to be tested, to be raced and even provides a training paradise for drone pilots. “New drone features need to be tested, for example new batteries, new steering system or new autopilot. Besides that, there is a race track where the public or even company employees (as part of a workshop) can race drones. The training of pilots is seen as one of the most important services of the drone center. A drone pilot needs to have an ROC license in order to be able to fly drones commercially in certain situations and places.”

 

Drone ecosystem

Organisations and start-up companies that have something to do with drones have the opportunity to set up their business at the Drone Center. A law firm that specialises in Drone regulations, a drone insurance company,  drone academies or even start-ups that use drones for measurement, are some of the examples given by that Jeroen. “I want to create a drone ecosystem by bringing different drone partners together. My aim is to help put the Netherlands in a more competitive world position within the drone market which is rapidly growing.” It is estimated that the by 2023 the world drone commercial market will grow 19% annually up to 2023. (source ResearchNester) – with countries such as US, UK and China leading.

Domino effect

A good idea is a good start but the real art is to translate this into something physical and to continue to build on the idea. “For me the passion for the idea comes first and earning money is simply the result – its not the goal. I am not not there yet and have some time to go. Many seeds have been planted and there is a lot of interest in this sector- from the development of drone courses to the premier of the Red Bull drone races.” Jeroen needs to wait and see what the market brings yet is convinced that it won’t be long before the domino pieces start to topple. But how long can you hold onto this belief? “Every entrepreneur needs to know where ‘the point of no return’ is reached – when its time to stop. For every person this is different. Personally I have just begun, am financially independent from investors and can maintain my business for quite a while”.

From Idea to Reality

We asked Jeroen – what tips would you give upcoming entrepreneurs with cool ideas? Jeroen smilingly replied: “Despite being convinced and wanting to hold onto cool ideas, its very healthy to take a step back and take a critical view or listen to feedback. You can’t live off a good idea, ideas need to be translated to reality. It’s hard work but with the right steps it will work out. Every entrepreneur needs to look broader and to be continually open for change and new signals.” A platform such as the Cool Ideas Society helps entrepreneurs enrich their idea by providing creative, positive and sometimes challenging feedback.

Vision of the future

“My vision is to put the Netherlands on the world map of drone activities by partnering with key parties in Holland as well as from abroad. Next to that we need to continue to lobby for improved drone flying regulations and security. This will not only provide opportunities in the drone agricultural and infrastructure sectors but also media and entertainment industry. We are at the beginning of the future of drone businesses.”

Do you have a cool idea in the drone industry or something totally different? We can help you take the next steps to realise or accelerate your idea. Feel free to Contact Us

If you are in Holland and want to know more about the Drone Center – visit www.dronecentervalkenburg.com

(article by Bela Evers)

Have you ever thought of what it takes to become a facilitator?

Our Cool Ideas Society (CIS) facilitators are passionate people who are making a difference every day. They host Cool Ideas Society evenings in different cities and help empower people with dreams and ideas. They know how to bring out the best in people, they master skills in ideation and co-creation, they bring the right dosis of energy, they connect people and help individuals take concrete entrepreneurial steps.

Over the years, the number of CIS facilitators have organically grown. Its clear that people like to help people and what better way to do it than in such a societal and creative setting.  In fact one of our facilitators who was once a garden architect is now facilitating and hosting large scale conventions. The ‘kick’ that one gets out of facilitating is enormous but what does it actually take to become a facilitator. Is it something that is cut out for you?

Read the free course on what it takes to become a facilitator.

Who knows you may even want to become a member of our Academy for facilitators. The world os for exploring.

CIS Kick Off in San Francisco, USA

Cool Ideas Society is the place to bring your ideas, concepts and dreams to life. We facilitate a social open innovation platform to help stimulate the world of possibilities. People from all walks of life help & inspire each other to make things happen. We’ve been doing this for years in the Netherlands, Europe, China and Mexico and are now bringing it to the States.

Why?
We believe that everyone has a “cool something” they want to do: a project,idea or a dream. We have created a space for you to meet other like-minded people that want to come closer and build upon their “cool thing”. The interaction is very special.

How?
We’ll be helping one/two idea-pitchers this evening. So if you have an idea, dream or business challenge you want creative ideas, feedback or contacts for, then let us know. Using creative and fun ways we’ll unlock the potential and possibilities. And we will have time for everyone else to share and network with. The evening is free. And, since this is originally a Dutch initiative, we ask you to bring your own drinks and snacks.

When?
Wednesday, October 29th  7-9:30 pm

Where?
1199 Bush Street (on SE corner of Hyde)
San Francisco
Lower Level Conference Room

How Much?
FREE!  That’s right!  Nothing!  We do suggest bringing your own drinks and a snack to share.  Seats are limited, so contact Sue early at sue@improvworks.org to register!

NOTE: CIS San Francisco might just be a one time event. But we don’t want that. IF you’re interesting in being part of a global community of cool people, let us know and we’ll help you set up! Send a mail to info@coolideassociety.com

CIS Tour in London, last chance September 2014. Be there!

Cool Ideas Society is the place to bring your ideas, concepts and dreams to life. We facilitate a social open innovation platform to help stimulate the world of possibilities. People from all walks of life help & inspire each other to make things happen.

Why?  
We believe that everyone has a “cool something” they want to do. A project, idea or a dream. We have created a space for you to meet other like-minded people that want to come closer and build upon their “cool thing”. The interaction is very special.

How?  
We’ll be helping one/two pitchers this evening. So if you have an idea, dream or business challenge you want creative ideas, feedback or contacts for, then let us know. Using creative and fun ways we’ll unlock the potential and possibilities. And we will have time for everyone else to share and network with. The evening is free, drinks are at own cost.

When? 
7th of September 2014 – 15.30

Where?
 The Proud Archivist
2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET, London

Join us now!
Places are limited do let us know if you wan to join in – please call or text 07438287941 or email ken@coolideassociety.com

NOTE: CIS has been successfully on tour in London since April 2014 and comes to an end this September (our host is going back to Germany). We look back on a great time having helped many people already. However if you want to help us continue Cool Ideas Society in the UK then do get in touch.

 

CIS on Tour in London – 16th April 2014

On 16th April, Cool Ideas Society will have its première in London. The evening will be facilitated by two international team members who happen to be in London that day and out on a mission to ‘make things happen’. The place to be is The Cross Keys, 57 Black Lion Lane, London W6 9BG at 7pm. For this evening we are looking for to help two people (pitchers) with an innovative idea, a dream, an entrepreneurial challenge or just a vague concept/ambition. So if you are someone we can help (or maybe you know someone we can contact), then do let us know. Together we co-create and lift the plan to higher levels. The vibe is awesome and for free (besides your own drinks). Send an email to info@coolideassociety.com in order to…
a) register for this event
b) submit your pitch
c) or to find out more

Or register via our facebook event page.

Hope to see you then.