On September 28, 2016 RoboBusiness hosted its annual Startup Pitchfire event - a must-attend for investors, robotics entrepreneurs and innovation leaders alike. Attendees were granted a first glimpse at exciting new technologies and emerging companies as 15 startup hopefuls gave their best 2-minute elevator pitch to a packed room.
In the end, it was The Kobi Company that prevailed victorious, winning a multitude of benefits that include:
- A $5,000 check sponsored by next47, a Siemens’ company
- International media coverage with a feature in Robotics Business Review
- A complimentary membership to Silicon Valley Robotics with mentorship and professional introductions
The Kobi Company has developed an autonomous robot for yard work that can maintain the lawn and remove snow and leaves. The Kobi Company says the robot does most of the work a contractor does, but at a fraction of the price and with the convenience of 24/7 service. They plan to sell 10 beta versions of the robot by the end of 2016, wait for customer feedback, then make improvements before starting higher volume production in 2017.
Emceed by Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, this year’s competition was judged by:
- Gareth Keane - Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures
- Valery Komissarova - Business Development Director, Grishin Robotics
- Veronica Osinski - Founder & Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital
- Jason Sydow - Partner, next47, a Siemens’ company
“All contestants pitched great products and concepts that truly support and are reflective of the advancements seen in the robotics industry,” said Brent Watters, RoboBusiness Co-Chair. “We’d like to congratulate The Kobi Company for winning this year’s Pitchfire and extend our gratitude and best wishes to everyone else who participated.”
RoboBusiness’ Startup Pitchfire is presented by Robotics Business Review in partnership with Silicon Valley Robotics and sponsored by next47, a Siemens’ company.