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MAGIC Fund recipient nationally recognized
SkySkopes, a professional drone flight operator and MAGIC Fund grant recipient, was recognized as one of the top five drone service providers in the world by Frost & Sullivan (2019 report). Frost & Sullivan is a global consulting firm that identifies, develops, and creates transformational growth strategies for its clients. As a firm that seeks out innovative opportunities, it’s no coincidence that Frost & Sullivan awarded SkySkopes such acknowledgement as SkySkopes has revolutionized the UAS industry. 

The Minot Area Development Corporation (MADC) first met SkySkopes at a UAS conference in 2015, opened a Minot office in December 2016. and in 2017, SkySkopes was awarded MAGIC Fund dollars to further develop its operations.

“The MAGIC Fund helped SkySkopes establish our core competencies as an organization,” said Matt Dunlevy, president & CEO of SkySkopes. “Putting the best sensors in the hands of some of the most highly certified pilots in the world combined with SkySkopes locating in Minot creates a winning combin­ation. The fund has also helped us establish partnerships with numerous industry-leading UAS companies. Being introduced to MADC, furthermore, was one of the most important events in our company’s history. The establishment and their staff are one of the true jewels of the state of North Dakota, especially under the leadership of their president & CEO, Stephanie Hoffart. Members of the SkySkopes team always enjoy Stephanie’s warm welcomes and wise counsel.”

Since securing MAGIC Fund dollars and the opening of the Minot office, SkySkopes has been recognized by Forbes, The New York Times, USA Today, and has achieved many other accolades. Minot’s office has nine full-time benefited employees, including two executives within the company. SkySkopes also has offices in Grand Forks (ND), Minneapolis (MN), and Ft. Worth (TX) with a total of 24 full-time employees. SkySkopes’ journey is a great example of the purpose of the MAGIC Fund. It’s not only created opportunities and jobs locally but has also increased efficiency and safety to the companies served by SkySkopes.

“Having Minot as a home base for SkySkopes is an absolutely essential component of our company and a major reason why we were ranked in the top five UAS companies in the global UAS industry,” said Dunlevy. “In the future, SkySkopes will look to its foundation in the city of Minot for operations across the world and particularly in oil and gas. We see Minot as a gateway to the Bakken, and the Bakken as a key to the entire oil industry where we expect to have a major multi-national presence in years to come.”
 
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