Best Robotics Startups to Follow
Every year, new startups pull to the forefront of their industry through exciting innovation, tech, and industry-disrupting business models. We’ve rounded up the top robotics startups of 2023 that startup-lovers, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs should follow.
Disclaimer: With so many exciting robotics startups launching and growing worldwide, we aren’t able to cover them all. Furthermore, the startups that are listed below are not officially ranked and are listed in no particular order.
1. Anduril Industries
- Location: Irvine, California
- Funding: $2.2 Billion
Founded in 2017, Anduril Industries is an autonomous aerospace robotics company that focuses on creating national defense products for the US government and its allies. The Anduril Industries Lattice Platform, for example, is a system that combines a network of sensors and data sources to provide operators with a comprehensive understanding of their battlefield. After securing $450 million in Series D financing in 2021, Anduril Industries' valuation rose to $4.6 billion.
- Location: Zurich, Switzerland
- Funding: $2.2 Million
Voliro is a company that produces autonomous flying drones for the construction industry. These drones are designed to access hard-to-reach locations within a construction site in order to perform safety and integrity inspections. Also worth noting is the fact that Voliro recently began working with Aerodyne Partners with the hopes that the partnership will allow Volirio to begin selling its drones worldwide.
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3. AMP Robotics
- Location: Louisville, Colorado
- Funding: $167.1 Million
Recycling remains a vital part of protecting the environment from waste and pollution, but separating recyclable materials from those that cannot be recycled has long been one of the recycling industry's biggest challenges. To help overcome this challenge, AMP Robotics has developed AI-powered robots that are able to analyze waste material based on shape, color, and other criteria in order to automatically separate recyclable materials.
- Location: Zurich, Switzerland
- Funding: $22 Million
Founded in 2016, ANYbotics is a company that offers robots designed to help organizations perform industrial inspections in hazardous areas. In 2021, ANYbotics decided to equip its robots with Velodyne Lidar sensors to improve their inspection capabilities. This innovation has investors excited about the company’s future.
5. Rapid Robotics
- Location: San Francisco, California
- Funding: $54.2 Million
Founded in 2019, Rapid Robotics produces robots designed to help companies overcome labor shortages by automating common machine operator tasks. Rapid Robotics robots perform tasks such as machine molding, pad printing, heat staking, and other tasks typically performed by a machine operator.
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6. Bedrock Ocean Exploration
- Location: Brooklyn, New York
- Funding: $8 Million
It is estimated that up to 80% of the world's oceans remain unmapped and unexplored by humans. To help humanity learn more about a part of the world we still know so little about, Bedrock Ocean Exploration produces autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) designed to perform high-resolution marine surveys and map unexplored areas of the ocean floor. Founded in 2020, Bedrock Ocean Exploration is one of the newest companies on our list. After raising $8 million of seed funding in March 2021, though, the company firmly cemented itself as a leader in autonomous ocean exploration.
7. Company Six
- Location: Boulder, Colorado
- Funding: $6.9 Million
Company Six is a startup that creates reconnaissance drones for first responders and other professionals working in high-risk environments. These drones allow the user to thoroughly scan a given terrain or structure for potential dangers before they enter the area themselves. After being founded in 2019, Company Six secured $4.6 million in funding in July 2020.
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8. Robust AI
- Location: Palo Alto, California
- Funding: $22.5 Million
Founded in 2019, Robust AI is a company that works on the software side of robotics to produce software designed to reduce the time that it takes to set up and implement a new robotic system. By leveraging a cognitive engine and AI technology, Robust AI is able to help organizations set up robotic systems in a way that optimizes efficiency and reliability.
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9. Vecna Robotics
- Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
- Funding: $128.5 Million
Vecna Robotics produces self-learning autonomous mobile robots designed to help companies automate a wide range of manual tasks. What sets these robots apart from the competition, though, is their ability to automatically adapt to workplace changes and new challenges.
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