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Reaching for the Skies

Grégoire THOMASFirst name: Grégoire

Last name: Thomas

Graduation year: 2011

Master/Program specialization: Master in Management / MSc Web marketing and project management.

Company name: Flying Eye / Azur Drones

Function/Position: Founder, Flying Eye / Managing Director, Azur Drones

Location of business: Paris

Website: www.flyingeye.fr , www.azurdrones.com/en/

Quote: Thanks to SKEMA, I have been able to start my company in the best conditions and in an extremely stimulating environment!

I founded the company Flying Eye with my brother, who is an engineer, in 2009 during my gap year. We were pioneers in the civil use of drones. At that time, the term drone was associated with the military sector. Our activity quickly focused on the design and delivery of customized drone solutions, first for the audio-visual sector, and, from 2012, for the industry. Thanks to a steady growth and through self-financing, we grew in 2016 into a 10-people SME with a €2 million turnover. In 2017, we sold the company to the group Azur Drones of which we are partners. Backed by a large industrial family, we are now 50 employees and aim to achieve a €10 million turnover in 2018. Our success has always been to be responsive in our strategy management in a highly competitive market.

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