June 29, 2017      

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – For 13 years, RoboBusiness has been the pioneering event of the global robotics industry and the only event that meets the needs of the entire robotics ecosystem. Pitchfire 2017 is a key part of this conference dedicated to developers, vendors, and end users of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Over 2,000 executives, engineers, investors, startups, and robotics experts from around the world will convene on Sept. 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, Calif., for this conference and expo designed around advancing business with automation and AI. Attendees will develop critical partnerships, get a first look at the latest technology, and build robotics strategies that can be immediately put to use.

An opening-day highlight of RoboBusiness is Pitchfire 2017. It is must-attend event for investors, robotics entrepreneurs, and innovation leaders alike. Attendees get a first glimpse at cutting-edge technologies from robotics’ most exciting emerging companies, plus the opportunity to forge new commercial partnerships.

Share your idea with the world

If you work at a robotics startup, enter for your chance to shine and pitch your business on stage. Selected entrepreneurs are each given 2 minutes to present their innovations to a panel of judges including renowned venture capitalists and robotics experts, as well as a packed room of RoboBusiness attendees.

Pitchfire 2017 is part of RoboBusiness

“RoboBusiness is where strategies are created, partnerships are formed, new products are unveiled, and big ideas are dreamed up,” said Steve Crowe, co-chair of RoboBusiness and managing editor of Robotics Trends. “Each year, we seek the rising stars of the robotics startup universe. We look for emerging companies that intimately understand their target market and have modeled their business plan around it.”

Benefits of Pitchfire 2017 entry and winning

All selected startups will receive:

  • Invaluable exposure in front of the entire RoboBusiness audience
  • Feedback from industry investors and advisors
  • A company listing on RoboticsBusinessReview.com
  • A free RoboBusiness 2017 Full Conference pass and networking opportunities

The Pitchfire 2017 winner will receive an array of prizes that includes:

  • International media coverage
  • Year-long editorial coverage by Robotics Business Review and Robotics Trends
  • An all-expenses paid trip to RoboBusiness 2018
  • An introduction to and meeting with investors and industry experts to discuss your business strategy

Join a respected group of past Pitchfire participants, including Sadako Technologies, Autonomous Marine Systems, inVia Robotics, Catalia Health, Rokid, RightHand Robotics, Soft Robotics, and Knightscope.

Last year's Pitchfire winner was Kobi.

The Kobi Co. won last year’s Pitchfire contest.

Last year, The Kobi Co. was victorious. Kobi showcased an autonomous robot for yard work that can maintain the lawn and remove snow and leaves. According to the company, 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.

The benefits for startups don’t stop there: In addition to Pitchfire 2017, the RoboBusiness startup experience includes the opportunity to sign up for VC Office Hours, which lets startups meet with venture capitalist representatives to discuss business plans.

Additional networking events are available for startups to meet with potential suppliers, partners, or customers. Plus, the Expo floor will feature startup-focused educational programming as well as a dedicated Startup Zone of exhibiting startup companies.

Entering is free and easy. To learn more, visit robobusiness.com/conference/startups.

Not a startup? No problem!

Witness the excitement firsthand by attending RoboBusiness. Presented by Robotics Business Review and Robotics Trends, the 2017 conference has been crafted with one goal in mind: To meet the needs of robotics industry professionals as well as end users seeking to adopt or scale up robotics within their companies.

All sectors of the ecosystem will discover programming and special events tailored to address their unique challenges. Join attendees from around the world on Sept. 27 and 28 as they come together to help shape the future of industry. Visit www.robobusiness.com.

CONTACT: Sarah Kastrinelis — [email protected], 508-663-1500 x 332