Echodyne raises $20 million from new and existing investors for commercial production and market exp
Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for government and commercial markets, announced today the close of an additional $20M financing round. Existing investors participating in the round included Bill Gates, Madrona Ventures, NEA, Vulcan Capital, and Lux Capital. Joining previous investors is Vanedge Capital, whose Managing Partner Moe Kermani will be added to Echodyne’s Board of Directors. The additional capital will enable the company to meet growing demand for its EchoGuard™ 3D surveillance radar, expand its distribution channels, and continue to invest in breakthrough radar sensors for commercial drones, autonomous vehicles, and other markets. "Adding Vanedge to our existing blue-chip investors underscores Echodyne’s opportunity for breakthrough radar products in a number of industries," said Eben Frankenberg, CEO at Echodyne. "With our market-leading 3D radar for perimeter security and airspace management, an airborne radar for commercial UAS detect and avoid, and a game-changing radar for autonomous vehicles to be unveiled later this year, Echodyne is poised for growth and expansion in a number of markets." Echodyne’s patented MESA™ technology creates a platform for innovative radar products for government and commercial customers and allows the company to deliver a true electronically scanning array (ESA) radar at commercial prices. Echodyne’s radars enable a range of new applications such as affordable ground and air perimeter situational awareness for airports, borders, military bases, and critical infrastructure, and safe navigation of UAS for package delivery, long distance linear inspections, and UTM flight corridors. "Echodyne has brought to market a suite of highly differentiated products that are proven to be game-changers in a number of large markets," said Moe Kermani of Vanedge Capital. "The company has a rare combination of novel technology, a strong team and culture, and significant market traction across multiple industries. We are delighted to contribute to Echodyne’s growth."