Call for Startups

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:30pm
McCormick Place, Chicago, USA
Room N228

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3), producers of Automate, is hosting the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:30pm at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL USA in Room N228. Automation applications in robotics, vision and motion are impacting many industries today. Recently, there has been a groundswell of startup companies introducing new products in the sector. The Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition seeks out these startups to generate awareness of their technology and help them find new funding. The event is co-produced by Silicon Valley Robotics, and sponsored by Shell GameChanger.

Eight (8) startup companies will participate in the competition that features a grand prize of $10,000. Companies will have three minutes to pitch their technology to a panel of investors and automation experts. Eligible companies include those in the automation space (robotics, vision, motion control, etc.) who were founded in the last 5 years; raised less than US $2 million since creation; and are not affiliated with a larger group. All eight startup companies involved in the competition will be provided booth space on the Automate show floor, putting them in front of an expected audience of over 10,000 people interested in automation.

The companies chosen to participate as finalists in the competition include:

  • +Mfg LLC - Edgewood, KY
  • Modbot - San Francisco, CA
  • OptoForce - Szekesfehervar, Hungary
  • Rational Robotics - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Soft Robotics - Cambridge, MA
  • TAG Optics - Princeton, NJ
  • TallyNinja - Elgin, IL
  • Tempo Automation - San Francisco, CA

Judges for the competition include James Unterreiner, Shell GameChanger; Troy Henikoff,  TechStars Chicago; and Randy Castleman, Court Square Ventures. The event will be moderated by Andra Keay from Silicon Valley Robotics.

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