Photography drone becomes Canadian’s highest grossing crowdfunding campaign
Toronto-based DreamQii’s PlexiDrone surpasses CAD$2.5 million on Indiegogo.
DreamQii, a robotics company based out of the DMZ at Ryerson University, has led the highest grossing Canadian campaign in Indiegogo’s history, raising more than $2 million USD (over CAD$2.5 million). The Toronto-based company’s highly portable, snap-together PlexiDrone has captured attention among aerial photographers due to its modular design, GPS “follow me” mode, obstacle avoidance, retractable landing gear and multi-vantage-point swarm filming capabilities.
“DreamQii’s PlexiDrone campaign was exceptionally well executed,” said Steve Tam, Tech, Hardware, & Design Projects at Indiegogo. “They were able to sustain steady growth throughout their campaign and they continue to experience strong growth as one of the first Indiegogo campaigns to enter InDemand. They’ve employed innovative sales strategies, including a focus on customer management and add-on sales through the use of our API and their own custom tools.”
DreamQii was started by Ryerson University aerospace engineering graduate, Klever Freire, and has grown to ten full-time staff within Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) business incubator facility. The company says it plans on manufacturing PlexiDrone in Ontario and projects more hires as it ramps up for the UAV’s Fall 2015 release date.