1st Batch RobotUnion Super Stars selected!
After 10 months of intensive acceleration program with Technical and Business mentors, it´s time to select 4 most promising and best-performing companies from the brave robotics team selected from the 1st Open Call.
The RobotUnion Venture Jury Day took place on the 5th of December 2019 in Paris and was organized by Blumorpho who will lead the support to selected companies in raising Private Funds in next few months.
The final selection was made by two main criteria: Technical, which was evaluated by internal RobotUnion experts and the Investors who came to Paris to see (and hear!) the pitch of all 10 companies and advise the RobotUnion consortium which one is the most promising.
Welcome to the Venture Jury Day! 100k€ will be granted to the best 4 out of the 10 startups from the 1st batch of RobotUnion! Thanks @BlumorphoSAS for organizing this amazing event in Paris! pic.twitter.com/vVyGoM7iXe— RobotUnion EU (@RobotUnion_EU) December 5, 2019
A great panel about "Why invest in Robotics in Europe?" with Jérôme DE RICHEMONT from @Subsea7Official, Sarah BENHAMOU from @BenhamouGlobalV, Julien BOURCERIE from @GroupeBouygues, and Antoine DELAFARGUE from @Total 🤖 #VentureJuryDay #RobotUnion pic.twitter.com/WTMfrHgmNF— RobotUnion EU (@RobotUnion_EU) December 5, 2019
The event gathered more than 15 investors interested in our 10 finalists (Klaus Kummermehr from Venture Capital – Go Beyond Investing, Daniele Molteni from Chrysalix Venture Capital, François Tison of 360 Capital, Julien Bourcerie Venture Capital at Bouygues Construction among others). All 10 companies had an opportunity to pitch (3 minutes) and answer a short round of questions to the public.
After that, we took the opportunity of this great ecosystem of experts gathered in one place in order to hold a discussion about the current situation of investment in robotics in Europe and the upcoming challenges.
We also had an opportunity to present the 2nd open call winners, who have just started their journey with RobotUnion in October this year. Rebartek and Aether were present at the event to present their companies as well. Well done!
In the meanwhile, in the separate room the RobotUnion partners and two external experts gathered to agree on the final ranking and to perform an additional round of questions with 10 companies.
The competition was tuff and the final results were announced at the end of the event.
We are proud of RobotUnion mission towards gender equality: two out of four selected startup´s CEOs are female! Congratulations Sofie Woge and Ekaterina Grib!
The winners will now enter to the last Stage 4 and receive an additional 100.000€ of equity-free funding.
On top of that, they will get additional mentoring:
- Private investment opportunities with the support of Blumorpho the VC Chrysalix and Odense Seed & Ventures.
- Participate in the RobotUnion Investors Day during the Automatica 2020 event.
- Identify the public funding available.
- Preparing a proof of concept in real market conditions.
- Connect you to corporates and in arranging partnership agreements.
Congratulations to all RobotUnion companies involved and to 4 RobotUnion Super Stars!
Tendo: grasp life with Tendo – A robotic glove which increases the function of your grip – made for people, not symptoms (Sweden).
Kewazo: Kewazo offers a smart robotic system that performs flexible, cost-efficient and safe transportation of construction materials on-site (Germany).
Cliin: proactively keep vessel hulls clean from biofouling, saving the shipping industry billions in saved fuel consumption and hull maintenance (Denmark).
Nido Robotics: advanced underwater robots with an unparalleled price-performance ratio, oriented towards commercial applications in inshore waters (Spain).