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  December 12, 2023

Spotlight:
Happy Holidays from the UAS Cluster Initiative
UAS Angel Network 2024 Pitch Event Dates
Listen to the Rethink Vertical Podcast
Charting the Course: Workforcce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry
Happy Holidays from the UAS Cluster Initiative

The organization and staff of The UAS Cluster Initiative, The UAS Angel Network, and The Development Capital Networks would like to express to each of you in our UAS and AAM community our sincere gratitude and warm wishes for the holiday season and the upcoming year.

At The UAS Cluster Initiative (UASCI), we're proud to celebrate the remarkable progress and achievements of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industries in Oklahoma in 2023. This year has witnessed remarkable growth, innovation, and collaboration. Together, we are shaping the future of the UAS, AAM, and aeronautics industries in our region.

On a personal note, being part of Oklahoma's UAS and AAM development has been a privilege, and I'm honored to be a part of the resilient and passionate UASCI community. Our journey underscores the dedication of our members, partners, and supporters, and I eagerly anticipate the heights we'll achieve together in the coming year.

For 2024, UASCI is developing a number of exciting new initiatives and changes that will better promote opportunities, capabilities and serve our community. Watch for announcements in this newsletter, on the UASCI website, and on our LinkedIn page.

On behalf of UASCI and its staff, we wish you and yours a holiday season filled with joy, peace, and cherished moments with your loved ones. Thank you for being an essential part of the UAS Cluster Initiative community and we look forward to a 2024 of continued collaboration, growth, and shared success.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a prosperous New Year!

Craig Mahaney,
UAS Cluster Initiative Executive Director

P.S. If you find yourself with some downtime this season, might I recommend catching up on episodes of our Rethink Vertical Podcast or reading our Charting the Course: Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry report.


UAS Angel Network Announces 2024 Pitch Event Dates

Are you an innovative entrepreneur with groundbreaking ideas in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry? If so, mark your calendars because the UAS Angel Network has unveiled its schedule of pitch dates.
The new pitch dates are:
  • January 24, 2024
  • April 10, 2024
  • July 10, 2024
The UAS Angel Network is comprised of accredited individual investors, angel groups, and seed funds who are seeking opportunities to invest in UAS and AAM companies. The pitch sessions provide the opportunity for emerging aviation start-ups to connect with capital investment. Subsectors and business applications of interest include:
  • Drone Service Providers,
  • UAS logistics,
  • Airspace Management Systems,
  • UAS Flight Safety Systems,
  • Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM),
  • Droneports and Vertiports,
  • Commercialization of New UAS Technologies.
Don't miss this golden opportunity to bring your UAS and AAM concepts to life.
To apply for the pitch events, visit the UASAngelNet.com website.


Listen to the Rethink Vertical Podcast

Don't miss the Rethink Vertical podcast, brought to you by the UAS Cluster Initiative, and listen as host Craig Mahaney interviews the industry's most innovative thinkers and doers to bring you emerging aerospace industry insight, without the fluff. New podcasts are released the third Thursday of each month.

You can access the Rethink Vertical Podcasts at: Rethink Vertical Podcast.


Report - Charting the Course: Workforcce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry

The UAS Cluster Initiative (UASCI) in Oklahoma has finalized a research report that provides insights into the workforce development landscape in the state's burgeoning aerospace industry. The report sheds light on the key challenges and prospects within the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry in Oklahoma, particularly emphasizing the necessity to bridge workforce gaps. As the industry stands on the cusp of a revolutionary shift towards autonomy in aviation, with diverse applications spanning transportation, healthcare, agriculture, and more, the demand for a highly skilled workforce to navigate this transformation is paramount. The report also identifies challenges and recommendations for Oklahoma to establish a robust workforce support ecosystem to sustain and bolster its position as a leading hub for the UAS/AAM industry, ensuring its preparedness to meet the emerging technological demands and opportunities.

You can download and read this report at Charting the Course: Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry


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.

Questions or comments regarding Newsletter, contact Jack James at jjames@dcnteam.com
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