Race to Revenue '20: Meet the Racer | Rian Mc Donnell '20 of DeLive

Author: Emily Tyson

Rian Mc Donnell DeLive

Describe your company:DeLive uses drones to deliver defibrillators on 911 calls.”

Why did you apply to Race to Revenue, and what are you hoping to get out of the experience?Race To Revenue is a great opportunity to segment some time to work solely on DeLive. The Program will give me the chance to further develop the company before getting thrown off the deep end into the big bad world. Race to Revenue continues the entrepreneurial journey that I started in the ESTEEM Graduate Program.”

How have you been helped so far in your venture, and what sort of mentoring are you looking for in the future? “ND alumni Nathaniel Hanson and Zachary Kousens are both advisors to the company, having built the original drone that spurred the idea of DeLive. The engineering and computer science experience they bring to the team is incredibly valuable. I am hopefully going to learn more about selling to cities, and the government, and anticipate that other IDEA Center startups could be helpful in this area.”

What do you want to learn more about, relating to business development in general or your own company/venture specifically? “The primary objective is to develop and implement a path forward for DeLive, considering that FAA regulations on drones will likely mean a long and difficult road to the company’s ultimate goals. We need to work meanwhile to see if another path to revenue can be discovered.”

Fun fact: "I have managed to pick up 4 degrees over 6 years, with 2 master’s (MEng. Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering and MS. ESTEEM Entrepreneurship and Technology) and 2 bachelor’s (BEng. Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering and BA Mathematics)."

Favorite place to get tacos: “I'm from Ireland, so I am not very cultured in the ways of Tacos!”