A Glasgow-based satellite and aerial imaging specialist has been awarded a bumper investment sum in order to launch into new market territories.
Bird.i has secured £210,000 of Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funding from Scottish Enterprise, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse.
In addition to creating 14 new high value jobs, the support will also allow Bird.i to scale up its operations, enhancing its product offering by providing intelligence on the images it takes. The company hopes that this expansion will help it target new sectors such as energy and engineering.
Mr Wheelhouse, said: “Bird.i is an impressive example of an innovative small business and I’m delighted that Scottish Enterprise has been able to support the company’s growth with an RSA grant of £210,000, which will help create 14 new jobs in Glasgow.
“Small and medium sized enterprises are the lifeblood of Scotland’s economy, and businesses like Bird.i are helping to develop the digital skills talent we have here, as well as increasing our pool of specialists in new technologies, and we are keen to support their aspirations to expand their business.
“Bird.i’s close ties with the world’s leading satellite operators – Airbus and Digital Globe –bring a real international focus on the digital skills base here in Scotland and our capabilities in data analytics and that is something I very much welcome.”
Founded in 2016 by Corentin Guillo, a French entrepreneur with a background in Earth observation satellite development, Bird.i provides both cutting-edge imaging and intelligence services. The company collates the best satellite, airborne and drone imagery every day, in order to build up a high quality, accurate view of the changing world.