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CommonwealthFirst is CWEIC's flagship initiative to help SME’s trade and invest across the Commonwealth.

Over three years, 100 leading UK SMEs have been selected to become CommonwealthFirst Export Champions. Export Champions are provided with unique access and support in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

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HEROTECH8 creates wide-scale support infrastructure for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to automate monitoring operations, recharging & the loading or delivery of payloads.

Their UAV station also allows drones to undergo important maintenance and diagnostics to assess flight-readiness prior to take off.

Coupled with a proprietary guidance, navigation and control (GNC) system, it allows users with no prior training to take full advantage of emerging drone technologies. Safety is improved by removing the need for any physical human interaction with the drone or its associated payloads. The platform may be deployed to operate continuously and automatically in a smart network of stations that also mitigate the effects of challenging flight conditions; all without the need for a human operator onsite.

HEROTECH8’s long term goal is to facilitate and drive the integration of drones into wide ranging applications – including crop monitoring and crop spraying, pipeline, renewables and offshore inspection, consumer and medical logistics.

With a product of such significance, HEROTECH8 is already being earmarked for huge success. Prizes during their early stages included pre-seed venture funding, and CEO Siobhan Gardiner winning the InnovateUK Women in Innovation prize (announced at the National Business Awards 2016). This was followed by a successful trade-mission to China, and two grants through the UK FCO Global Prosperity Fund. The company has also been invited to present at CleanEquity Monaco 2017, hosted by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

CommonwealthFirst looks forward to supporting HEROTECH8 in forming new partnerships and growing its international networks.