When Gilo Cardozo started his company in Wiltshire in 2000, he had one simple and very personal purpose: to share his love of flying with other aviation enthusiasts. Working out of a garage, he built Parajets in the hope of getting as many people as possible into the air to experience what it feels like to see the world from a new perspective.
Finding your purpose
Cardozo freely admits that when he started the company, he was too young and too inexperienced to think of how his work could make a significant and positive impact on society.
"As the business grows, obviously you start to learn more about the world and you see what its shortcomings are, what's missing and whether you can use some of the technology you're creating to make the world a better place," he says.
Today, Gilo Industries works with defense and aerospace companies to design technology that can improve businesses and provide assistance in crisis situations. The company is currently developing both manned and autonomous aircraft that are more affordable and more agile than helicopters, providing a more efficient way to drop off supplies and equipment in hard to reach places around the world.
However, Jim Edmondson, the company’s CEO, says having fun is still a vital part of the firm’s vision: "The overall purpose of Gilo Industries is creating products that can help humanity become more efficient, and that's what our ultimate goal is. But at the same time […] everything we do is with a sense of fun and trying to create positivity."