Bickley young entrepreneur of the year flying above the rest with drone tech

 Connor Disselkoen (17)
Connor Disselkoen (17)

BICKLEY resident Connor Disselkoen (17) is turning his hobby of aerial imaging into a commercial enterprise, earning him Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce Awards.

The Guildford Grammar student said since he was a little boy he had been fascinated with drones.

“I became fascinated by science, technology, and innovation from a young age, and purchased my first drone when I was 12,” he said.

“During my early teens, I enjoyed the challenge of combining a drone, cameras and viewing googles before these items were packaged as one unit.

“At first, it was only a hobby, however as more people asked me to take shots of their property and houses I started to see a business opportunity.”

Mr Disselkoen said technology was advancing rapidly and he was excited about the future of the $100 billion industry.

“I founded Aerial Resolutions Australia in early 2017 with the aim of providing a drone imaging service for the Hills region,” he said.

“The local business community has been very supportive of my ventures and through the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce, I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much from other small business owners in Kalamunda.”

Mr Disselkoen said he was involved in the Perth start-up community, a network of entrepreneurs that encouraged new ideas and provided access to business advisors.

“Entrepreneurship and innovation is the key to our future and I hope to encourage more young people to get involved.,” he said.