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Bird control drone startup Clear Flight Solutions picks up €1,6 million

Drone startup and University Twente spin-off Clear Flight Solutions got a 1,6 million euro investment from the Cottonwood Euro Tech Fund, making it the first European investment for the American VC.

Cottonwood (CTF) last year opened an European office in Enschede, a strategic place, since CTF focuses on high-tech startups.

With the investment Clear Flight Solutions (CFS) can focus on becoming worldwide market leader in bird control solutions with their lifelike robotic birds.

Drone as a bird

The damage birds inflict at airports worldwide is estimated in the billions of dollars, mainly in property damage. Birds also create damage in agriculture, at waste management sites, oil and gas industrial sites and at harbours.

What CFS does is making drones mimicking a natural enemy of the birds, called robirds. ‘Traditional’ scarecrow tactics won’t work anymore, because the birds are learning. The only thing that scares them for real is a predator, a bird of prey.

“Clear Flight Solutions has developed technology with tremendous potential that addresses a global problem. We have also identified various other applications of the technology. That makes this the ideal business case for our first European investment”, says Ray Quintana, lead general partner of the Cottonwood Euro Technology Fund.

Photo credit: Bird Control Group

Lorenz van Gool
Lorenz is co-editor-in-chief of StartupJuncture. As a freelance editor and journalist, he writes about startups, innovation and (e)-business. Loves to report from conferences. Really likes cleantech and journalism startups. You can ask him anything about dinosaurs. Twitter: @lorenzroman

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