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24-year initiate Cameroon’s first drone service

William Elong, CEO of the Will & Brothers start-up says his enterprise has raised  124 million FCFA aimed at developing Cameroon’s first…

William Elong, CEO of the Will & Brothers start-up says his enterprise has raised  124 million FCFA aimed at developing Cameroon’s first civilian drone service.

Will & Brothers had developed the Drone Africa app, a discovery which earned the 24 year old Elong, 7th position in the top 30 promising young African entrepreneurs in 2016 published in Forbes Magazine.

According to Elong, the app is equipped with a contracted camera and can be remotely piloted to capture images over very broad areas. To him, the Drone Africa concept will revolutionised many things in Cameroon. Elong says besides its entertainment aspect, the service will use unique pictures to promote tourism, give better coverage of major events like fairs, culture or football tournaments and produce better pictures of disasters in areas which are out of camera reach.

The funds, Elong says, will enable the implementation of the drone manufacturing project in Cameroon. “We needed more than 185 million F CFA but we have succeeded to raise 124 millionFCFA . This will help boost our work force and get us started”

The young tech expert says he hopes to inspire other young Cameroonians to be innovative and not give up. “Most often young people launch ideas, create a buzz and go missing. We hope to inspire other young people and motivate them by letting them know that we have not abandoned anything. The light at the end of the tunnel is near and we count on putting our country on the map of drone manufacturers in the world”, he said.  William Elong is the youngest graduate ever of the École de Guerre Économique in Paris. He graduated at age of 20.

 

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