Unbounded Robotics and UBR-1 had a fun time last week at Robobusiness 2013. In addition to unveiling UBR-1 to the world and hanging out on the expo floor, Unbounded Robotics’ CEO, Melonee Wise, participated in a panel for building a better robot and competed in the first annual Robobusiness Pitchfire.
Robobusiness got started on Wednesday last week with the “Kickstart Your Robotics Startup” workshop. The workshop had a series of panels focusing on the end to end life-cycle of designing, building, manufacturing, funding, marketing, and distributing a robotics product for startups. The first panel of the workshop, “Building a Better Robot”, was moderated by Evan Ackerman of IEEE Spectrum Automaton and had panelists from NREC, Swivl, Romotive, Double, and of course our very own CEO, Melonee Wise. The focus of the “Build a Better Robot” panel discussion was on how to have a user centered design while still providing the desired functionality to the end user at an affordable price.
Immediately following the “Kickstart Your Robotics Startup” workshop, the first annual Robobusiness Pitchfire began. With a full slate of 15 competitors, Melonee had her work cut out for her in pitching to the panel of judges including venture capitalists from Silicon Valley and beyond. The judges included Sven Strohband of Khosla Ventures, Jan Westerhues of Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Jeremy Conrad of Lemnos Labs, Renaud Champion of Robolution Capital, and Valery Komissarova of Grishin Robotics. Each of the participants were questioned about their company’s go-to-market strategies, barriers to entry, and value of their solution to the end customer. After much deliberation by the panel of respected judges, Unbounded Robotics was announced the winner and was awarded a full conference pass to Robobusiness, an interview with Robotics Business Review’s startups columnist, as well as a private consultation with an industry luminary.
Thursday and Friday of Robobusiness were packed with talks and lots of visitors on the expo floor. Many people stopped by and Beamed in to see the UBR-1 in person and grab a quick picture. Of course who could pass up a hug from the UBR-1!