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Andra Keay


Eight lessons for robotics startups from NRI PI workshop

Research is all about being the first, but commercialization is all about repeatability, not just many times but every single time. This was one of the key takeaways from the Transitioning Research Fr...
14 March 2021, by

Can robots make food service safer for workers?

Health care workers are not the only unwilling essential services frontline workers at increased risk of COVID-19. According to the Washington Post on April 12, “At least 41 grocery workers have die...
20 April 2020, by

Call for startups at Automate

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has announced a call for startup companies in robotics, machine vision and motion control for its Automate Launch Pad Competition. The competition will be...
01 February 2017, by and

Catalia Health uses social robots to improve health outcomes

Catalia Health is leading the surge in social robotics, with Mabu, their patient care management system. Catalia Health likes to be seen primarily as a health company that utilizes robots, rather th...
17 January 2017, by and

Robot Launch 2016 – Robohub Readers’ Pick round three

For the next three weeks, Robohub readers can vote for their “Readers’ Pick” startup from the Robot Launch competition. Each week, we’ll be publishing 10 videos. Our ultimate Robohub Readers...
17 November 2016, by

Who are the most active robotics investors?

You may be surprised, but I’m not. These are the people I see regularly both in Silicon Valley and overseas interacting with the robotics community. That makes them the smart money (most of the time...
19 October 2016, by and



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Welcoming new global partners

Silicon Valley Robotics held an innovation tour for some of our global partners ahead of the RoboBusiness conference in San Jose. Representatives from Odense Robotics Cluster, Invest in Denmark and De...
10 October 2016, by and

Where are the previous Robot Launch winners now?

Catch up with past winners: CleverPet (2015), Preemadonna/Nailbot (2015 runner-up), and Leka (2014). Will you be our next Robot Launch winner? There's 25 days left to register! You can register by...
21 July 2016, by and

Robots in Depth: Andra Keay on opportunities and challenges for startups

Robots 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, Andra Keay, directo...
10 November 2015, by and

Robotics evangelist: ‘Personal robots’ should be invisible beings | The Register

Personal robots are fast approaching reality, says one robotics evangelist – but not as the humanoid servants so often portrayed in futuristic fantasies. "Robots are the new black," said Andra K...
22 May 2014, by

Startup Series #5: Rodney Brooks, Steve Cousins & Pioneers Festival

Robolution panel at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. It’s not every day you get to ask pioneering robot startup founders about their journey. The Robolution panel at the Pioneers Festival in Vien...
10 December 2013, by

Robotics trending towards the consumer

Robotics is trending towards the consumer. We’re on a journey towards ‘appliances with attitude’ that started with the now ubiquitous GPS and smartphone technology. These are some of the underly...
09 November 2012, by

Episode 2: Accelerator or Hackerspace?

Is Robot Launchpad an accelerator or a hackerspace? Both. Right now we’re testing the viability of opening a robot hackerspace. Theoretically, this makes a lot of sense. I believe that the hackerspa...
19 October 2012, by

Episode 1: Robot Launchpad’s lean year

I thought I’d document our somewhat unusual journey through lean startup methodology and robotics. I founded Robot Launchpad almost a year ago to test the assumption that robotics and lean went toge...
08 October 2012, by

Robot Launchpad on Robots Podcast

Robots Podcast is the place to hear the latest well informed news and views on robotics. I’m honored to have been interviewed about Robot Launchpad for the July 13 2012 podcast. Robots is a non...
26 July 2012, by

Launching startups, with Andra Keay

Link to audio file (40:32)Today we talk with Andra Keay, founder of Robot Launch Pad, robotics startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley, about latest events, lean startup methodology, funding, and ...
13 July 2012, by

Why robot startups now? Part 1

Now is the right time for robot startups. Why? The reasons range from changes within robotics to changes in the broader financial and technological environment. There is a critical mass which we belie...
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