September 15, 2017      

RoboBusiness is accepting registrations from robotics startups to meet with leading investment companies at the second annual VC Office Hours. Scheduled 15-minute meetings will take place throughout RoboBusiness, which takes place Sept. 27-28 in Santa Clara, CA at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Startups will have an opportunity to gain valuable business plan feedback from professionals who know the robotics industry inside-out.

To participate, startups must have an Expo or Full Conference pass for RoboBusiness and sign up for appointment times with preferred investors in advance of the event.

Startups looking for a competitive edge can set appointments to meet representatives from ABB Tech Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures, Autonomy Ventures, DFJ, Grishin Robotics, Lemnos Labs, Moment Ventures, Sony Innovation Fund and Tsing Capital.

RoboBusiness further shines the spotlight on startups with its Pitchfire competition, a must-attend event for investors, entrepreneurs and innovation leaders that gives startups 5 minutes to pitch their business to a panel of VC judges.

And programming for startups at RoboBusiness includes:

What We as Investors Look for in Robotics

September 27, 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Panel: Jim Adler, Managing Director, Toyota AI Ventures; Ryan Kuder, Managing Director, Techstars Anywhere; Georg Stieler, Managing Director, Asia, STM Stieler

The robotics industry is fragmented among many end-user segments and types of robots, so what do venture capitalists want to see in startups? In addition to our VC Office Hours, this is a chance to peek behind the curtain of investment wizards.

How to Get Funding as a Startup

September 27, 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Panel: Oliver Mitchell, Partner, Autonomy Ventures; Rosanna Myers, CEO, Carbon Robotics

For every robotics or AI startup that takes off, many more are unsuccessful. Learn from those who made it on how they learned from the school of hard knocks about knowing their users, getting investment, and bringing their products to market.

IP and Legal Protections for Startups

September 28, 1:30pm – 2:15pm
Speaker: Dave Bourgeau, Intellectual Property Attorney, Kolisch Hartwell, PC

In this talk, patent attorney Dave Bourgeau will share concrete steps every company should take to understand and protect their intellectual property. The talk includes an overview of IP concepts – patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets – and a discussion of several common questions and scenarios. If you’re looking for practical, actionable steps you can take to protect your valuation and secure your company’s IP assets, this is the talk for you.