The 2017 Automate Launch Pad Startup competition highlights the industry’s most innovative young companies in robotics, machine vision, and motion control who are competing for the spotlight at the Automate 2017 Show and a $10,000 cash award. Sponsored by GE and co-produced by Silicon Valley Robotics, the competition provides innovative startup companies with an opportunity to generate awareness of their technology and find new sources of funding.
The eight finalists will compete for the top prize at Automate 2017 on April 5 at 3:00pm in a theatre on the exhibition floor at McCormick Place in Chicago, where they will pitch their technology solution to a panel of judges. All finalists will also be awarded booth space at Automate, giving them the opportunity to engage with over 20,000 expected attendees. The eight finalists were chosen from a field of over 30 contestants offering a mix of products and services.
“Automation is among the most dynamic emerging markets, with venture funding increasing robustly each year,” stated Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “The finalists in the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition represent the many types of innovation that will transform the manufacturing and services sectors over the next decade.”
Meet the Judges
A distinguished panel of automation industry leaders and investors will select the competition winner. The judges will be participating in a “Fireside Chat” in the theatre on the show floor, April 5, 10:30am – 12pm about their experiences in investing in robotics and automation. Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, will moderate. Below is the list of judges:
- Saman Farid, Managing Partner, Comet Labs
- Oliver Mitchell, Founding Partner, Autonomy Ventures
- Chris Moehle, Managing Director, The Robotics Hub
- Steve Taub, Senior Director, GE Ventures
- Melonee Wise, CEO, Fetch Robotics