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Investments

49

Portfolio Exits

1

Funds

4

About Drone Fund

Drone Fund is an investment fund focused on investing in drone startups.

Drone Fund Headquarter Location

Shibakoen Annex 6F 3 Chome-1-8 Shibakōen, Minato-ku

Tokyo, 105-0011,

Japan

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Robotic Skies Drone Maintenance Firm Receives Investment From Japan-Based DRONE FUND

Apr 21, 2021

Robotic Skies Drone Maintenance Firm Receives Investment From Japan-Based DRONE FUND Robotic Skies, Inc , the first and only maintenance marketplace for high-end commercial and industrial drones, announced an investment from Japan-based  DRONE FUND  to support continued growth and services development. The DRONE FUND III Investment Limited Partnership, managed by Kotaro Chiba and Soki Ohmae in Tokyo, Japan, invested in Robotic Skies based on its innovative and scalable business model. The Robotic Skies business model builds on the direction of commercial drone policy and legislation in the United States, and other Civil Aviation Authorities worldwide, towards requirements for certified maintenance solutions that ensure safety and ongoing airworthiness of unmanned aircraft. The company’s robust network of repair stations has also positioned Robotic Skies well to respond to the forecast volume of commercial drones and  advanced air mobility aircraft  that will require certified maintenance support. “With the investment from DRONE FUND, we will continue to develop our marketplace, providing drone operators around the world with professional maintenance and repair services through our network of highly trained aviation technicians,” said Brad Hayden, Robotic Skies CEO and Founder. “As we have anticipated for years, industry regulations continue to advance towards requirements for certified technicians to maintain commercial drones performing complex operations like autonomous package delivery.” The Robotic Skies field support infrastructure includes over 225 independently owned and operated FAA Part 145 repair stations to serve customers across 49 countries. In January 2021, Robotic Skies’ CEO Brad Hayden was appointed to the  FAA Drone Advisory Committee  to help develop strategy for the safe integration of drones into the National Airspace System. About DRONE FUND DRONE FUND is a venture capital specializing in drone and air mobility with the vision of a “drone and air mobility-based society.” Through existing funds, it has formed an investment portfolio of more than 40 startups from Japan and overseas. The 3rd fund (DRONE FUND III), managed by Kotaro Chiba and Soki Ohmae in Tokyo, Japan, will broadly invest in drone and air mobility and technologies that contribute to their social implementation. Learn more at  https://dronefund.vc . About Robotic Skies, Inc Robotic Skies is a global network of maintenance Service Centers for commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft. Founded in 2014, Robotic Skies has more than 225 independently owned and operated certified repair stations in its network, spanning more than 45 countries. Robotic Skies aviation-grade field service programs are flexible, scalable, and meet the regulatory maintenance requirements for complex commercial drone operations like autonomous package delivery and beyond line-of-sight missions. Learn more at  https://roboticskies.com . Prev post

Drone Fund Investments

49 Investments

Drone Fund has made 49 investments. Their latest investment was in Robotic Skies as part of their Series B - II on April 4, 2021.

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Drone Fund Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

4/21/2021

Series B - II

Robotic Skies

Yes

1

4/16/2021

Seed VC

Eight Knot

Yes

1

12/21/2020

Series B

CLUE

No

6

10/1/2020

Series B

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$99M

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10

9/7/2020

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

4/21/2021

4/16/2021

12/21/2020

10/1/2020

9/7/2020

Round

Series B - II

Seed VC

Series B

Series B

Series B

Company

Robotic Skies

Eight Knot

CLUE

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Amount

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

1

6

10

10

Drone Fund Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Drone Fund has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory on December 21, 2018.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

12/21/2018

IPO

1

Date

12/21/2018

Exit

IPO

Companies

Valuation

Acquirer

Sources

1

Drone Fund Fund History

4 Fund Histories

Drone Fund has 4 funds, including Drone Fund 2.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

5/7/2019

Drone Fund 2

$47.12M

6

11/12/2018

Chiba Dojo Drone Fund II

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$99M

10

2/9/2018

Drone Fund 1

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$99M

10

12/31/2017

Chiba Dojo Drone Fund I

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$99M

10

Closing Date

5/7/2019

11/12/2018

2/9/2018

12/31/2017

Fund

Drone Fund 2

Chiba Dojo Drone Fund II

Drone Fund 1

Chiba Dojo Drone Fund I

Fund Type

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Status

Amount

$47.12M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

6

10

10

10

Drone Fund Team

1 Team Member

Drone Fund has 1 team member, including current Founder, General Partner, Kotaro Chiba.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Kotaro Chiba

Founder, General Partner

Current

Name

Kotaro Chiba

Work History

Title

Founder, General Partner

Status

Current

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