Scout Aerial gearing up for flight to Tel Aviv

Scout Aerial is one of Australia’s leading provider of Remote Sensing and Geospatial solutions. We sit down with MD Patrick Weeden at their Head Office in Brisbane to discuss success, the best advice he’s ever received and why he’s excited about the upcoming Advance Queensland agriculture technology (AgTech) Startup Catalyst trip to Israel.

Partick Weeden

How did Scout Aerial start?

Scout Aerial originally started up to supply aerial footage for extreme sports (back when drones were only seen in Star Wars) and quickly morphed into the Scout Aerial Group. Scout Aerial Group is made up of four specialist companies: remote sensing operators in Australia and Africa, a manufacturing company and a funding platform for humanitarian work that each operate across the global market.

How do you explain Scout Aerial to people outside the industry/with a non-tech background?

It’s actually quite hard to describe to people exactly what we do because of how broad our operations are, but I generally describe the company as a remote sensing solutions provider, with a particular focus on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and then give examples of the work we do, be it precision agriculture, mine surveys, shark management or security operations to name a few.

What do you think has been Scout Aerial’s greatest success so far?

By far, it has to be our people! We have such an amazing and dynamic team at Scout that are always willing to go the extra mile and dive in head first, particularly with new innovative projects that have never been done before.

What are you hoping to get out of the upcoming AgTech mission to Tel Aviv?

I want to foster business relationships and learn how we can export our products to the global arena.

What excites you about working in Queensland?

The weather has to be up there but I like the diversity in Queensland — we really do have a bit of everything out here: mining, agriculture, infrastructure, oil and gas, all of which we work across so it keeps it exciting!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

There is ALWAYS a solution somewhere! I think perseverance is such an important part of innovation and it just comes down to how determined you are to fix a problem.

What’s next for Scout Aerial?

We are opening an office in Canada this year which will service the oil and gas industry in North America and give us a global capability which has always been our goal!

Patrick is one of the eleven successful Queensland AgTech startups that formed part of a delegation to Tel Aviv, Israel from 5–14 August 2017.

During the mission, AgTech companies from Cairns, Longreach, Gold Coast and Brisbane learnt from some of the world’s most innovative companies revolutionising the agricultural sector.

Advance Queensland funded flights and accommodation costs with Startup Catalyst delivering the mission. Austrade provided a curated program through the Austrade’s Tel Aviv Landing Pad, an Australian Government initiative to open markets for Australian startup businesses.
 
Read Aaron Birkby, CEO of Startup Catalyst’s learnings from the mission: What Australians need to learn from Israel.

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