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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.