David Young is an accountant who found a new career opportunity in the growing industry of commercial drone use. His history in the aviation world initially sparked his interest in drones, but after helping businesses obtain documentation to fly them legally, he saw an opportunity to launch a business. David invested heavily in his idea for an innovative drone training program to educate others on drones in business and it has since taken off. The primary course offered at Drone Launch Academy helps others prepare for the FAA commercial drone exam and they have many more courses in the works!
What is your business? We are an online school that provides courses, podcasts, email updates, and other programs to help people learn how to safely and profitably use drones for business.
Who are your clients? We work with whoever is interested in drones! Some folks that purchase our course run their own businesses while others work for larger organizations such as universities, news outlets, and engineering firms.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? I love creating something, seeing if it sticks, and continually adapting it to help others. If it’s no good (or people don’t get any value from it), I change it up until it works!
What are some business wins? We crossed over the 1,000 student threshold recently and are still growing!
Why Lakeland? I grew up in Lakeland and have a special place in my heart for this city. I love the convenience of being close to bigger metro areas, while still holding on to that small-town feel.
How has Catapult helped you? Catapult has given me a space where I can get away and focus on growing my business. I’ve been encouraged by the other businesses in the space and find great value in the support and education that Catapult provides.
Secret Sauce? Always make sure to add value for your followers, customers, and readers. Make their success your mission.
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