Darkhive drone startup closes $1M pre-seed funding

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San Antonio: Darkhive closed its $1.1 million in pre-seed funding for its affordable drones explicitly designed for military and public safety use. Alamo Angels, a San Antonio-based angel investing group, also participated in Darkhive’s pre-seed funding round. 

Defense industry executive and U.S. Special Operations veteran John Goodson launched Darkhive in Sept. 2021. Since then, he and chief technology officer Steven Turner have been developing an effective, affordable alternative for military and law enforcement use. 

Both Goodson and Turner have extensive backgrounds in systems engineering and the defense sector. They are producing affordable alternatives because the drones produced domestically for the military and public safety sectors are much too expensive for practical use. 

“We have officially closed our $1.1 million pre-seed and have chosen not to oversubscribe the round due to our performing well beyond expectations on the government contract side,” CEO John Goodson said.

In 2022, Darkhive was awarded five research and development contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense valued at $1.6 million. The startup expects an additional $30 million in equity-free funding from Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III government awards in 2023. 

The latest contract award came from the Defense Innovation Unit’s National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC). Housed within the Defense Innovation Unit, NSIC is a Department of Defense initiative helping dual-use hardware startups advance critical milestones in their product development via funding.

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