Former student thanks Coventry University for help creating drone racing organisation - The Coventry Observer

16th Aug, 2022

Former student thanks Coventry University for help creating drone racing organisation

Ryan Smith 31st Jul, 2022

PIONEERING Coventry University alumnus Alejandro Perez-Llabata has credited them for helping him set up an organisation that oversees global university drone racing.

The 24-year-old developed the International University Drone Racing Organisation (IUDRO) which brings together teams from across the world to design, build and race drones through various physical and virtual courses.

The universities compete to be crowned the most drone-innovative institution.

Alejandro studied aerospace systems engineering while at the university.

He was supported by Coventry University Social Enterprise CIC (CUSE), a subsidiary which guides businesses, staff, and students in their ventures.

He said: “There were three things that truly impressed me about CUSE – their recognition of talent, giving students and alumni a platform to demonstrate their ideas, and showcasing their successes publicly.

“CUSE had faith in me from the beginning which gave me confidence I was in the right institution.

Alejandro was signed up for the Evolve programme by CUSE where he learned the basics of business and through the Tech Incubator programme he was able to focus on improving IUDRO and building relationships with other start-ups.

He has since been invited to speak on a panel at World IP Day 2022 in Brussels and he was given CUSE sponsorship to attend.

He spoke about his business’s success under the theme of ‘IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future.’

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