At FreeSkies, our vision was to make aerial data collection simple and accessible to everyone. We make collecting aerial data, whether that’s stunning pictures, epic video, or actionable insights for your business, easier than you can imagine. We believe that drones are incredibly powerful tools, but they are faced with a multitude of problems that are not technological in nature, they’re human. It’s about the simplicity and the user experience.

The CoPilot mobile app leverages 3D maps for extremely simple and intuitive path planning. By connecting it to our web portal, users can manage and easily share their content while also gaining access to more complex path planning and post processing tools. Users have access to a services marketplace, project management tools, and CRM, allowing us to provide the best user experience from planning, to processing, all the way to delivery.

  • UIUC’s Cozad New Venture Competition Winner
  • Light Speed Venture Partners Summer Fellowship 2015
  • 2015 Thiel Foundation Summit, Pitchoff Winner
  • Startup {Shark Tank} Showcase Winner
  • Featured on CNBC’s Fast Money
  • Members of the Esri Startup Program
  • Finalist in Global Entrepreneurship Week GEW50 competition
  • CNBC’s World Hottest Startups of 2015
  • DeveloperWeek 2016 Breakthrough Startup Competition Winner
  • Launchfest 2016 Top 10 Drone Startups
  • Beijing Cross-Border Innovation Award
  • Ranked #19 in Top Paid iPad Apps in the App Store

Featured on DJI, CNBC, Youtube – Casey NeistatMSN, Creator, Smile Politely, SUAS NewsEngineering at Illinois and many more.


I started FreeSkies as a project during a 54 hour Start-up Weekend event. After pitching the idea, we gained incredible support and placed in the competition, receiving space at the University of Illinois Research Park as well as some funding and access to local Venture Capitalists. Since then, we’ve moved to the Bay Area, worked with Lightspeed Venture Partners and DJI, and released our first product, the FreeSkies CoPilot.

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