SkyWard, a Portland, OR-based provider of Drones as a Service (DaaS) software solutions, raised $1.5m in seed financing.
The round was led by Voyager Capital with participation from Draper Associates and Toivo Annus, founder and former head of engineering at Skype.
Led by CEO Jonathan Evans, SkyWard aims to fix aviation management, which has historically been highly fragmented, paper-based and slow, and build an operations management platform for commercial robotic aircraft.
Its commercial drones operation management system allows businesses to focus on flying rather than the tasks of regulatory compliance, risk management, and manual record keeping. The software offers custom tools including a cloud-based workflow to stay in compliance, a GIS overlay map with up-to-date airspace rules and guidelines, automated flight logs, and a secure digital identity that can be used with regulators and insurers around the world.