UK-based Apple software development agency Redbeard has raised £130,000 ($184,000) in investment through the British Robotics Seed Fund.
Headquartered in Birmingham, the company has secured £80,000 from the BRSF, as well as a further £50,000 from private investors.
The firm, which develops apps for iOS, said it’ll use the money to expand its global development community and source code store.
According to Robotics Tomorrow, “The Redbeard Code Store provides 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 having signed up in the last year alone.”
Redbeard has become the latest company to join the organisation’s portfolio of British robotics and machine learning companies, which consists of Zoa Robotics, Botskill and Tethered Drone Systems.
Through the Redbeard Code Store, developers working on iOS applications can access app frameworks and templates created by the company’s in-house team.
Its aim is to help developers save time and money when starting new projects. The store is targeted at Apple’s growing developer ecosystem, which currently totals 13 million developers.
There are lots of marketplaces that offer app templates, but many of these fail to provide ongoing support and updates. Redbeard explained it’s on a mission to change this by offering an “alternative approach.”
The company regularly maintains and updates the templates to ensure that they are in “accordance with any changes made by Apple to its developer framework”.
Many of the templates Redbeard has developed are being used to control drones and robots, and it specifically targets app developers and web development agencies.
Ansar Mehmood, co-founder of Redbeard, said the funding will allow him and his colleagues to “take the company to the next stage” and offer customers “a powerful way to build and launch their apps.”
He said: “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.”
Dominic Keen, CEO of Britbots and the British Robotics Seed Fund, praised the success of the firm. “We predict a bright future for Redbeard as their offer solves a very real challenge for anyone wanting to develop Apple apps,” he said.
“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.”