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by   -   February 3, 2016

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2015 was a phenomenal year for funding and acquiring robotic companies. Over $1.32 billion in seed, crowd, series A,B,C,D and VC fundings and more than $2.27 billion in acquisitions. And they’ve begun again in 2016.

by ,   -   January 13, 2016

Relay was at the Intel booth at CES, delivering snacks and drinks to attendees.

Savioke reached $17.6 Million in funding with a $15 Million Series A round from Intel Capital, EDBI, Northern Light Venture Capital. This funding will allow Savioke to scale their business, deploying Relay in hotels and exploring other business avenues. Relay is now in five major hotel chains and the robots have made more than 11,000 deliveries to date.

by   -   January 4, 2016

From the 2015 archives of The Robot Report: 54 fundings of $1.267 billion, 31 acquisitions totalling over $1.97 billion, and one IPO -- all adding up to some surprisingly large figures.

by   -   December 30, 2015
Source: Times of Isreal
Source: Times of Isreal

A consortium of Chinese companies, municipalities and investors — including Siasun, the largest robotics firm in China and the city of Guangzhou — have inked a deal to set up a $20 million R&D center in Israel dedicated to developing robot technology that China can use to modernize and automate its industrial base.

by   -   December 18, 2015

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Jibo got $16 million from Asian VCs to enable Jibo to speak and sell in Japan and China, while Blue River Technology got $17 million from a group of agricultural VCs to expand product development to new areas, as funding for robotic ventures continues to soar. UPDATED To include funding for Soft Robotics, Inc. Flyability, and Naïo Technologies.

At eight years old, ROS is growing faster than ever. We're excited to see how brand new startups are taking advantage of ROS to develop useful, reliable robots. In 2015 alone, more than $150 million in VC funding was invested in businesses that use ROS. And that's just the companies we are aware of.

by   -   November 30, 2015

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This October and November saw ten more fundings of robotic companies (47 so far in 2015), two more acquisitions (bringing the 2015 total to 27), and an important strategic partnership. Recaps below.

by ,   -   October 23, 2015

Valery-Komissarova-on-Robots-in-Depth---YouTubeRobots in Depth is a new video series featuring interviews with researchers, entrepreneurs, VC investors, and policy makers in robotics, hosted by Per Sjöborg. In this interview, Valery Komissarova — Business Development Director at Grishin Robotics — talks about her work at an investment company focused on consumer robotics.

by   -   October 1, 2015

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August and September equity fundings, joint ventures, acquisitions and venture funds continue the momentum exhibited throughout 2015 of serious money flowing into robotics startups.

by   -   September 4, 2015

BUDDY, the world's first affordable companion robot, has already reached a crowdfunding milestone. With just hours to go on the BUDDY crowdfunding project on Indiegogo, backers have contributed over $501,638 – that’s 502% of the initial goal!

by   -   July 24, 2015

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Below are recaps of the eleven June and July fundings, IPOs and acquisitions for robot and robotics related companies, followed by a thoughtful piece by Farhad Manjoo of the NY Times about why start-ups are staying private. UPDATED 7/30/15 to add Rethink Robotics April add-on to an earlier Series D funding and Siemens’ investment in Magazino in May.

by   -   July 15, 2015

Buddy-Welcome BUDDY has something to smile about.  The new open source companion robot by Blue Frog Robotics, launched an Indiegogo campaign on July 7th and sailed past its $100K crowdfunding goal in under 24 hours. And just a few hours ago it unlocked its fourth stretch goal when it achieved $200K in funding. BUDDY is designed to be a friendly companion that entertains and educates, makes video calls and sends messages to family and friends, acts as your calendar and alarm clock, and monitors your home.