Clearing 2021

FlareBright

We caught up with Chris Daniels, CCO of FlareBright. Founded in 2015, FlareBright been working behind the scenes to redefine the drone through miniaturisation and embedded AI. Since joining Angels@Essex, they have completed a £500,000 investment round and secured contracts with the UK government.

Tell us more about FlareBright

FlareBright is an autonomous drone start-up. Most drones need to use GPS or remote control to operate. Ours uses clever internal software, flight control systems, and overlaid machine learning to work entirely by itself. Essentially, we are a software company that is producing a drone.

How did you find out about Angels@Essex?

The chairman of our board, who was also one of the early investors in our company, recommended us. He knew of Angels@Essex through another company he had invested in that had already gone through the system. 

How did the Angels@Essex team help you?

They helped get our pitch deck ready for the investment process. I also took part in some of the Space to Grow webinars that provided further support. It was an incremental process of getting us more and more pitch ready to speak to investors.

What did you like about the webinars you attended?

They were very informative and pitched at just the right level. They weren’t too long or too short. They were the Goldilocks of webinars: just right

What do you see as the benefits of using the University of Essex?

To me, there are three key benefits. Firstly, it provides the information and expertise needed to shape a start-up. Secondly, it has access to finance, which is the fuel to any start-up. And thirdly, it has an infrastructure and a network that will be very useful in the future

“There is so much information out there for start-ups that you can feel like you are drowning in it. With Angels@Essex, you get exactly the information you need.”
Chris Daniels Flarebright, cco

Would you recommend the University of Essex and Space to Grow?

Absolutely! There is so much information out there for start-ups that you can feel like you are drowning in it. With Angels@Essex, you get exactly the information you need.

What are the future plans for FlareBright?

We have got a lot of ambitious future plans. During our Angels@Essex journey, we have gained a few contracts with the UK government and are now closing a £500,000 investment round. We are also pushing forward on the technical side of autonomy. We are hoping to develop longer periods of autonomy and really embed that in different drones. Our aim is to be at the centre of the drone world going forward.