Birmingham-based Redbeard, which develops code for Apple (iOS) apps, has secured investment from the British Robotics Seed Fund (BRSF).
The BRSF has provided £80,000 funding, while the remaining £50,000 comes from private investors.
The money will be used to expand the company’s global development community and further develop its innovative Code Store.
The investment sees Redbeard join the BRSF’s portfolio of UK firms in robotics and machine learning related fields, from Zoa Robotics to Botskill and Tethered Drone Systems.
The Redbeard Code Store provides the source code of complete end-to-end apps and trusted template code developed fully by its in-house team, saving users time and money when developing Apple apps.
This is critical as the Apple developer eco-system is growing at a phenomenal rate, with 13 million developers in total and two million signing up in the last year alone.
This growth in developers means there’s usually wide availability of Apple app templates through online app marketplaces from individual developers who typically provide no ongoing support or updates resulting in poor quality of code.
Dominic Keen, CEO of Britbots and the British Robotics Seed Fund commented: “We predict a bright future for Redbeard as their offer solves a very real challenge for anyone want to develop Apple apps.
“The team has strong experience in the mobile sector and has already developed apps for the UK’s largest brands.
“Now this expertise is supporting thousands of developers launch Apple apps in an efficient manner.”
Redbeard’s business model offers an alternative approach as users know that its ready-made apps are maintained and updated in accordance with any changes made by Apple to its developer framework.
Apps developed by Redbeard include those used to control drones and bots and the company targets app developers, digital and web development agencies, who have access to Redbeard’s apps either free, by paying for premium apps on the company’s Code Store or using the company’s custom app development service.
Ansar Mehmood, co-founder of Redbeard, added: “By working alongside the British Robotics Seed Fund, we have been mentored throughout the critical early stages of our business, and have benefited from Dominic’s vast experience within the Software Industry.
“The funding we have received will take our company to the next stage and provide our customers with a powerful way to build and launch their apps.”
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