Startup of the day: Mugen, to remotely control drone payloads

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Frenchweb invites you today to discover Mugen this start-up based near Bordeaux publishes software for controlling connected objects, in particular drones. More details with Tristan mehamli, co-founder and CEO of the start-up:

mugen3Frenchweb: How did you get the idea of to create this start-up?

Tristan Mehamli: The idea of departure was of control your computer with your smartphone. After reflection, the concept was extended to the control of connected objects by offering dedicated interfaces on mobile devices. The Aquitaine region is one of the key points of aeronautics, drones came into our business plan when we identified issues that could be resolved by our solution.

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Tristan Mehamli, CEO of Mugenot

What need are you meeting? Who are your customers / prospects?

The M2UV product responds to repeated requests from dronists (these are the designers and assemblers of unmanned vehicles) of be able to interact easily and quickly with the payload on the drone. Our main customers are the platform assemblers who design the drones for the operators of drones.

What is your business model?

The model of compensation is inspired of “Freemium”, a free download with free features and paid services such as: full use of the solution in operation which is subject to license, custom development of specific modules, access to preview features and of course of training and of maintenance.

What competition do you face?

There are currently no other companies providing this service. Competition is indirect since for the moment each platform-assembler offers of its own software of control working with its hardware.

Have you ever organized a lift of funds? If so with of who, when and how much? If not, is it being considered?

Mugen made a first lift of funds with Aquitaine Amornement following a presentation on July 8. The endowment amounts to 80,000 euros. We are awaiting finalization of instruction of our file with of BPI France and of Aquitaine Regional Council.

Benefit you of special supports? (investors, incubator, etc.)

We are supported by the Bordeaux Unitec incubator, the AETOS cluster (Aquitaine business club in the drones market), Aquitaine Développement Innovation and the Aquitaine region (which paid us a grant for the start-up of our project).

What was one of the first issues in your development, and how did you deal with it?

In order to obtain a grant of the region, it took two weeks to register the company in order to of meet deadlines. We had to go around of our network to finally meet a lawyer who helped us a lot in drafting the statutes of Mugen. Then a good contact at the CCI of Bordeaux made it possible to be registered just in time in the register of trade for funds to be released.

mugen-team
From left to right: Nicolas Daguisé (co-founder and director), Arnaud Dutartre (R&D engineer), Tristan Mehamli (co-founder and president), Victor Jarny (commercial trainee), Marine Julieron (R&D trainee) cedits: Mugen

What were you doing before of build this site?

We were both software engineers at VSG (now owned of FEI).

What is the best advice you have been given and by whom?

Jean-Marc Grolleau, manager of cluster AETOS, strongly advised us of take an interest in the market of defense because our software solution could interest of big actors of sector. which is the case.

Who is the personality you admire the most?

Elon Musk, for his vision and his take of risk in conquest of Emerging Markets.

Founders: Nicolas Daguisé and Tristan Mehamli

Investors: self-financing

Creation date : October 2013

Company based in: Pessac (33)

photo of A: De left to right: Marina Lapaquette (communication intern), Arnaud Dutartre (R&D engineer), Tristan Mehamli (Co-founder and President), Marine Julieron (ergonomics and cognitics intern), Nicolas Daguisé (Co-founder and Director) and Victor Jarny (sales intern) / credit: Mugen

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