Cottonwood Euro Technology Fund, a U.S.-based seed/early-stage venture capital company, has invested EUR 1.6 million in Clear Flight Solutions, a robotics/drone spinoff company from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
Clear Flight Solutions has developed a bird-control solution, the Robird – a remotely piloted robotic bird that mimics the real flight of a peregrine falcon (a natural predator for most nuisance birds) so that real birds believe the aircraft is an enemy.
‘We have completed a very successful trial at a waste management site in Twente, which is one of the most challenging environments,” says Nico Nijenhuis, CEO of Clear Flight Solutions.
“Currently, we have committed to a number of trial runs and are in discussion across every application area – including one of the leading European airports. Cottonwood's investment will allow us to execute these trials, and their worldwide network with industry leaders will bring our company to the next level,” he adds.
‘The bird-control problem is much bigger than we initially imagined,” says Ray Quintana, lead general partner of the Cottonwood Euro Technology Fund.
“Clear Flight Solutions has developed technology with tremendous potential that addresses a global problem,” Quintana explains. “We have also identified various other applications of the technology. That makes this the ideal business case for our first European investment.”
A video on the Robird technology can be found here.
Photos courtesy of Clear Flight Solutions