Innorobo 2018, 15-17 May, Paris, France

Call For Startups

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Why a Call For Startups?

The huge variety of robotics applications available today are already impacting many diverse fields of activity and changing the game in most industrial sectors. In this fast-changing sector, a multitude of start-ups are being set up, and these young companies need to generate greater awareness of their projects as well as funding.

This call encourages young companies from all over the world to send in their application in order to present their project or prototype to an international panel of high-tech investors coming together at the summit.

Who can participate?

Our Call for Robotics Start-ups is open to any company:

  • founded in the past 5 years
  • having raised less than US$ 2 million since creation
  • not affiliated with or belonging to a larger group

What are we looking for?

We are looking for start-ups in the fields of:

  • Robotics & IoRT (Internet of Robotics Things),
  • but also in the affiliated industries working closely with robotics companies: artificial intelligence, big data, cloud robotics, electronics, hardware, mechatronics, nanotechnology, sensors…

What's the prize for the winners?

The 5 finalists, selected by our investors’ panel, will be invited to Innorobo on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in order to pitch in front of the Grand Jury. 

They will also be provided with a startup booth in the exhibition hall, free of charge, in order to demonstrate their robotics solutions. Their travel expenses will also be covered.

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    La startup britannique Reach Robotics a remporté le concours de startups organisé par le salon Innorobo, qui se tient du 1er au 2 Juillet à Lyon. Le concept de robots de combats, connectés et évolutifs, a séduit le jury d’investisseurs. Dans l’univers emprunt de sciences fiction qui règne actuellement dans les allées du salon Innorobo, l’idée folle de Reach Robotics parait totalement géniale. Le salon qui se tient à Lyon jusqu’au 3 Juillet accueillait une compétition de startups, remportée à la mi-journée par la startup de Silas Adekunle, installée à Bristol, UK.

    Geoffray Sylvain / Aruco /

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    C'est important d'être à Innorobo. C'est très utile d'avoir du feedback de tous, des professionnels ou bien du public.

    Arnaud Didey / Reach Robotics /

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    Thank you very much for having us there - it was a great event. We have gathered a lot of business cards and now we are working hard on following up with the interested people.

    Akos Domotor / Optoforce /

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    Thanks again for this great opportunity to be a part of Innorobo. It was a great mix of industry people and general public who showed an interest in our technology and robotics in general. I was able to make a few very good connections that hopefully will prove valuable for us. The pitch event was enjoyable too, I found the judges to be well qualified and engaged in their questions and review. All around, I was very satisfied with the event.

    Bill Culley / Empire Robotics /

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    We had a great time and made good contacts.

    Simone Schürle / Magnebotix /

The 2016 Investor Panel

Gulnara Bikkulova has been working at RVC since 2010 and is in charge of investor relations programs targeted at business angels, VC firms and corporations. Since 2013, Gulnara has been running GenerationS, a platform for startup acceleration programs realized in cooperation with Russian corporations. In 2015, over 2500 Russian startups applied to GenerationS, 140 of them were selected to participate in 7 corporate accelerators. She is also a member of Investment committees of the RVC Seed Fund and North Energy Fund. In 2006-2010, Gulnara served as a PR and marketing director at Eurasia Investment group. Gulnara started her carrier at the press office of the Governor of State California. After that she worked at Edelman Imageland PR agency, where she headed HighTech practice in Russia. Gulnara has a PhD in Political Science from Kazan State University.

Gulnara Bikkulova

Executive Board Member RVC
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Richard is CEO of ROBO Global Partners Ltd. and has worked for over 20 years in the financial and treasury services industry. In addition to managing daily operations in Europe and Asia, he is responsible for executing our business strategy and serves on the Index Committee and Classification Committee. During his career as a Commercial Banker, Richard served with Wells Fargo and Standard Chartered Bank in senior management positions with responsibility for Institutional and Corporate clients across Europe, MENA and Asia. Richard also served with TradeCard (now GT Nexus) where he launched and managed operations in 6 markets. TradeCard was funded by Warburg Pincus and today is the world’s largest cloud-based commerce network. Richard has lived and worked in Hong Kong, USA, Europe and Sri Lanka.

Richard Lightbound

CEO, ROBO Global Partners Ltd
Carole Granade is a French – American Consultant. After her engineering and business studies in France, she spent 15 years in Silicon Valley, starting in marketing with high tech startups, followed by 9 years successfully leading the French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco. She advised hundreds of companies on the best strategy and tactics to make a difference in Silicon Valley, started a business acceleration program. She advised high tech companies such as Criteo, Docker, Winnov, Ivalua but also goods and services companies such as Atelier Emmanuel, AlterEco, Fabriques Délices, Frial… She is the President of BoostInLyon, a startup accelerator. Since 2012, BoostInLyon has accelerated 49 companies, successfully creating jobs and sustainable businesses. She holds an engineer degree from EPF Ecoles d'Ingénieurs and a Masters degree from HEC (MS Entrepreneurs). She is a Knight with the "Ordre National du Mérite”.

Carole Granade

President, BoostInLyon

The 2016 Winner: Axilum Robotics


The 2016 Finalists on stage

The 2016 International Panel

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    The ‘Call for Startups’ is a regular INNOROBO event where young robotics companies pitch their products and services to the investor panel.  [...] These were six interesting and international companies from UK, US, Greece, France and Russia. This mix of companies  again demonstrates just how broad the robotics & automation space is becoming as it expands into every aspect of our consumer and business lives.

    Richard Lighbound / RoboGlobal Ltd /

The 2015 Winner: EMPIRE ROBOTICS


The 2015 Finalists on stage


The 2015 International Panel

  • Malgosia Iwankowska – Co-Founder & Board Member of KB Medical SA
  • Anastasia Emmanuel – UK Hardware, Technology & Design at Indiegogo
  • Baybars Altuntas – Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, VP of Eban-Belgium
  • Jean-Philippe Olier – VP Business Development, Safran
  • Alexandre Ichai – Founder, Robotcapital & Director, Robotlab
  • Oussama Ammar – Co-Founder and Partner, Thefamily

The 2014 Finalists on stage

The 2013 Finalists

  • Selftech (Portugal) – Golmow, a mowing machine for Golf courses 
  • Hikob (France) – wireless instrumentation systems and wireless sensor network technology 
  • Wittyworks (The Netherlands) – affordable intelligent robot buddy for playful interaction 
  • Five Five – (France) – the next generation in smart products for your home / First iPad – iPhone connected Lamp 
  • Veterobot – (Germany) – open robotics platform to build fun algorithms from ready to use software blocks

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