SANTA CLARA, Cailf. — On Sept. 27, RoboBusiness hosted its annual Pitchfire startup competition — a must-attend for leading investors, robotics entrepreneurs, and innovators alike. Pitchfire 2017 attendees were granted a first glimpse at exciting new technologies and emerging companies, as eight startup hopefuls each received five minutes to pitch to a panel of judges including investors and robotics experts, as well as a packed room of RoboBusiness attendees.
Wireless charging station innovator WiBotic was named third in the event, while delivery robot maker TwinswHeel took second place. In the end, pharmacy automation company UnitDoseOne was victorious, winning benefits including the following:
- A $1,000 cash prize
- 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 their business’ strategy
Poland-based UnitDoseOne uses advanced robotics to fully automate hospital pharmacies, taking care of hospital drugs logistics. It offers an innovative modular and scalable robotic hospital pharmacy that prepares doses of drugs in individual sets for patients — thus helping hospitals distribute medicines faster and more efficiently.
Emceed by Gray Bright, director of business at Left Field Labs, Pitchfire 2017 was judged by:
- Terry Fong — Director of the Intelligent Robotics Group, NASA Ames Research Center
- Valery Komissarova — Partner, Grishin Robotics
- Oliver Mitchell — Partner, Autonomy Ventures
- Steven Waelbers — CTO, The Kobi Company
“All of the contestants were phenomenal and have truly inspiring technologies,” said Eugene Demaitre, RoboBusiness co-chair and senior editor of Robotics Business Review. “This year’s event was a true testament to how far the robotics industry has advanced in solving business problems. We’d like to congratulate UnitDoseOne for winning Pitchfire 2017 and extend our gratitude and best wishes to all the others involved.”
Tomorrow, Sept. 28, RoboBusiness co-chair Steve Crowe will conduct a “fireside chat” with UnitDoseOne. This interview will take place at 2:30 p.m. PST on the Expo Theater Stage and is open to all RoboBusiness attendees.
Pitchfire 2017 is presented by Robotics Business Review and Robotics Trends.
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