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  May 14, 2024

Spotlight: Rethink Vertical Podcast with CEO and Co-Founder of INVOLI, Manu Lubrano.
For the Rethink Vertical Podcast, It's a double episode May!

First up is the CEO and Co-Founder of INVOLI, Manu Lubrano.
INOVOLI produces systems compliant with regulations to safely integrate drones into the airspace. Manu has a wide variety of industry experience, including co-founding Drone for Earth, an NGO using drones for humanitarian aid.

In this podcast, Manu talks with host Craig Mahaney about INVOLI's crucial concepts to achieve scalability. These include accurate aircraft detection, collaboration with certified data service providers to keep costs low, and the creation of a reliable and user-friendly products.

This podcast will be available soon at Rethink Vertical Podcast. And look for another podcast later this month.

Also, our Newsletter redesign is coming soon.

UASCI is creating an environment where unmanned aviation startups can thrive, connect with innovative networks, access global capital, discover national technologies and learn from proven tech industry leaders.

The UAS Cluster Initiative is funded in part through a Contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed within this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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