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Rwandan Drone Startup Charis UAS Raises Funding for Pan-African Expansion 


Rwandan drone startup Charis UAS has secured an undisclosed investment from XM2 PURSUIT, a leading global provider of moving camera systems, to speed its expansion across Africa.

Launched in 2014, Charis UAS was the first-ever licensed UAV company in Rwanda, and provides high-quality aerial imagery and data solutions in order to support intelligent decision making.

The funding round raised from the UK-based XM2 PURSUIT will help the startup broaden its market reach and cement its position as a leader in drone services in Africa.

“We are thrilled to work with a cutting-edge company such as XM2 PURSUIT. As a result of this investment, we plan to rapidly expand across the continent and build upon our current drone-based technological solutions and manufacturing services,” said Eric Rutayisire Muziga, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Charis UAS.

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“Africa is rapidly adopting new technologies and open to new innovations. Having the investment, support, and expertise of XM2 PURSUIT will help us execute our vision to support intelligent decision making and scale up the manufacturing of drones on the African continent. This will also create thousands of high skilled jobs for the youth on our beloved continent.”

Aidan Kelly, chief operating officer (COO) of XM2 PURSUIT, said Charis UAS’ strong track record within Africa inspired the investment.

“Whether its designing solutions, integrating workflows, utilising automation or delivering data in meaningful ways, our investment into Charis UAS is part of our plan to partner with leaders in their field around the world, to unlock the true potential that aerial and remotely sensed data can provide,” he said.