FreeSkies Student Startup
While undergrads, the FreeSkies team competed in several events, several through the University of Illinois. In September 2014, FreeSkies was a top three finalist in Founders’ 54 Startup event and won funding and resources for their project. They were also a finalist in the Technology Entrepreneur Center’s Cozad New Venture Competition. They were later accepted into the Lightspeed Ventures Summer Fellowship program in Menlo Park, CA and received space, funding and resources as a result.
The team states, “The software powers complex functions during flight from path management to launch and landing. This allows the user to simply input points and fly the quad copter freely through those points. This method is beneficial to users because it cuts the cost of using heavy machinery such as cranes or lifts, and is able to deliver the most unique shot, to both professional and amateur directors and photographers.”
FreeSkies has grown to a team of five with Andy Putch serving as CEO and Jay Mulakala as CFO. They are headquartered in California.
To learn more, visit http://freeskies.org/