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Opentrons Raises $200M in Series C Funding

– Opentrons Labworks Inc. is a NYC-based lab platform provider.
SoftBank Vision Fund 2 led the round with participation by Khosla Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to further invest in its automated lab platform globally.

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Blue White Robotics Raises $37M in Series B Funding

– Blue White Robotics from Tel Aviv provides Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) that enables farms to run themselves autonomously.
– The company raised $37M in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Insight Partners and Entrée Capital, joined by Clal Insurance, Jesselson Family Office, Peregrine VC, and Regah Ventures.
– The new investment will be aimed at increasing the rapid adoption of these technologies, driving new US sales, and hiring talent for their international team.

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Iron Ox Raises $53M in Series C Funding

– Iron Ox is a San Carlos CA-based agtech startup.
– The company raised $53M in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand its grocery store presence, accelerate hiring, particularly of plant scientists, engineers, greenhouse operators and roboticists, and grow its research and development programs, and its manufacturing scale across the United States.

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Advanced Farm Technologies Completes $25 Million Series B Funding Round

– Advanced Farm Technologies, Inc., developers of robotic technology for farmers, announced it has completed a Series B investment round raising $25 million to support the company’s growth in strawberry harvesting and the adaptation of its technology to apple harvesting.
– The Series B funding round was led by Catapult Ventures and included all the Series A investors: Kubota Corporation, Yamaha Motor Corporation, and Impact Ventures.
– Designed to work alongside manual harvest crews, the Advanced Farm TX Robotic Strawberry Harvester automatically senses and picks red, ripe fruit from in-soil strawberry beds with gentle, food-grade gripper technology.
– The purpose-built machine consists of multiple, rugged robots able to withstand the rigors of outdoor, in-soil conditions with sophisticated computer vision and machine learning technology to navigate fields and harvest fruit autonomously up to 24 hours a day.

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Near Space Labs closes $13M Series A to send more Earth imaging robots to the stratosphere

– Near Space Labs, a geospatial intelligence startup, raised $13m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Crosslink Capital and joined by Toyota Ventures and existing investors Leadout Capital and Wireframe Ventures.
– Near Space Labs also announced that Crosslink partner Phil Boyer has joined its board.
– Near Space Labs is focused on urbanized areas where change happens very rapidly.
– The company has named its platform “Swifty”.
– Each one is capable of reaching altitudes between 60,000 and 85,000 feet and capturing 400-1,000 square kilometers of imagery per flight.
– The company sells the data it collects and has developed an API through which customers can access the data via a subscription model.

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Kewazo Raises $5M in Series A Funding

– Kewazo is a Munich, Germany-based construction technology company.
– Company raised $5M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by True Ventures with participation from MIG AG.
– The new investment will be aimed at expanding operations and business reach.

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Kewazo Raises $5M in Series A Funding

– Kewazo is a Munich, Germany-based construction technology company.
– Company raised $5M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by True Ventures with participation from MIG AG.
– The new investment will be aimed at expanding operations and business reach.

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Agile Robots Closes US$220M Series C Financing

– Agile Robots from Munich, Germany and Beijing, China develops intelligent robotics.
– The company completed a Series C financing with a total investment of US$220m.
– The round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 with participation from GL Ventures, Sequoia China and Linear Capital, and strategic investors including Xiaomi Group, Foxconn Industrial Internet, and Midas.
– Proceeds from the round will be mainly used for the company’s product development, mass production and global sales business expansion.

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Locus Robotics just raised another $50M

– Locus Robotics, a warehouse and fulfillment robotics company, raised $50m funding.
– The round was led by Tiger Global and joined by existing investors.
– It brings Locus to a valuation of $1.5 billion.
– Funding will be used to further expand Locus’ global operations.

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Ambi Robotics Announces $26 Million Series A Funding Led By Tiger Global

– Ambi Robotics announced the closing of a $26m Series A funding round.
– The investment is led by new investor, Tiger Global Management, and builds on participation from existing investors Bow Capital, Vertex Ventures US and The House Fund.
– The new funding comes at a time of significant customer growth and expansions just five months after the company emerged from stealth.
– The funding round enables Ambi Robotics to scale the team and operations to support rapid deployments of AI-powered robotic systems throughout US supply chain operations.
– Additionally, Ambi Robotics will expand its product and customer support offerings as there are now hundreds of warehouse associates across the US working alongside the company’s automated sorting systems.

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Carbon Robotics Raises $27M In Series B Financing

– Carbon Robotics from Seattle develops agri-robotics.
– The company raised $27m in Series B financing.
– Backers included Anthos Capital, Ignition Partners, Fuse Venture Capital, Voyager Capital, Bolt and Liquid2 Ventures.
– The new investment will be aimed at scaling production of its products, growing its engineering team and establishing regional sales and support for customers across the U.S.

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Icon Raises Over $200M In Series B Funding

– Icon, an Austin, Texas-based developer of advanced construction technologies including robotics, software and building materials, raised $207M in series B financing.
– The round was led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from 8VC, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, BOND, Citi, Crosstimbers, Ensemble, Fifth Wall, LENx, Moderne Ventures and Oakhouse Partners.
– Led by Jason Ballard, Co-founder and CEO, Icon develops advanced construction technologies using proprietary 3D printing robotics, software and advanced materials.

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Ample raises $160M to scale its battery swapping service

– San Francisco-based Ample raised $160m Series C funding.
– The round was led by Moore Strategic Ventures with participation from PTT, a Thai state-owned oil and gas company, and Disruptive Innovation Fund.
– Existing investors Eneos, a Japanese petroleum and energy company, and Singapore’s public transit operator SMRT also participated.
– Ample’s total funding is now $230m.

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Chasm Advanced Materials Raises $15M in Series C Funding

– Chasm Advanced Materials, Inc. from Canton, MA is a nanotube hybrids manufacturer.
– The company raised $15m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Wave Equity Partners, joined by Birla Carbon, as well as SWM International (NYSE: SWM).
– The new investment will be used to accelerate commercial penetration of its AgeNT™ products for transparent printed electronics, NTeC™ products for energy storage and a broad range of composites applications, and to launch CHASM-H2O™ – a new category of membranes targeted at disrupting water treatment to address the world’s water scarcity problem.

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Automation-as-a-service startup Rapid Robotics raises $36.7M

– Rapid Robotics, a startup providing out-of-the-box automation solutions for manufacturers, announced it has raised $36.7 million in a series B round co-led by Kleiner Perkins and Tiger Global, with participation from NEA, Greycroft, Bee Partners, and 468 Capital.
– The round, which values Rapid at $192.5 million post-money, brings the company’s total funding to date to $54.2 million.
– According to a study from Deloitte and the National Manufacturing Institute, by the end of 2020 the manufacturing industry had only recouped 63% of jobs lost during the pandemic — even with openings at near-record levels.

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OSARO Raises $30 Million Series C Round Led by Octave Ventures

– OSARO has announced the completion of a series C funding round led by Octave Ventures.
– The new round brings OSARO’s total funding to date to $67.5m.
– New investors include J17 Capital, and Tomales Bay Capital.
– Existing investors AME Cloud Ventures, iRobot Corporation, King River Capital, and Founders Fund also participated.
– OSARO plans to use this latest investment to accelerate global growth through market expansion and hiring, as well as extending its solution and support offerings.
– The company will also continue to enhance its core technology capabilities, including leveraging its machine learning platform into new automation applications.
– OSARO’s solutions currently enable logistics operators to scale e-commerce order fulfillment, inventory induction & extraction, sortation, and singulation.

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AREVO Raises $25M Series B Funding

– AREVO, an advanced manufacturing technology company, has recently closed a $25M round of financing.
– The round led by Khosla Ventures with new participation from Founders Fund. Other investors include GGVC, Alabaster and Defy.
– The center hosts a range of production systems, including 70 shipping container-sized Aqua 2 systems, the world’s first high speed additive manufacturing system for continuous carbon fiber composite structures, and a growing variety of post-processing capabilities.

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Autonomous cargo drone startup Elroy Air lands $40M Series A

– Elroy Air, an autonomous cargo drone company, raised $40m funding.
– It brings Elroy’s total raised to $48m to date.
– The company was founded by David Merrill and Clint Cope.
– Elroy is focused on building what Kofi Asante, Elroy’s VP of strategy and business development, called “a dual-use system,” fit for both the defense industry and the commercial market.
– Elroy’s flagship autonomous cargo aircraft, Chaparral, is designed to fly at a 300-mile range, carry 300-500 pounds of cargo and have automated flying and cargo handling capabilities.

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Third Wave Automation Raises $40M in Series B Funding

– Third Wave Automation, Inc. is an Union City CA-based autonomous industrial solutions company.
– The company raised $40m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from prior investors Innovation Endeavors and Eclipse, along with Toyota Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate growth and commercialization efforts.

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Covariant Pulls In $80M Series C Financing

– Covariant, a leading AI Robotics company, today announced it has raised $80m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by returning investor, Index Ventures, with additional participation of Amplify Partners and Radical Ventures.
– Covariant will use the funding to continue its investment in AI Robotics research and development (R&D), as well as growing its team globally, and accelerate bringing AI into the physical world.

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InVia Robotics raises $30M for warehouse robotics push

– InVia Robotics, an industrial robotics company based in Los Angeles, California, announced it has raised $30 million in a series C round co-led by Microsoft’s M12 and Qualcomm, with participation from Hitachi.
– InVia says the new equity funding will be used to support its growth, specifically through adopting Qualcomm’s Robotics RB5 Platform and drawing on AI expertise from Hitachi and Microsoft.
– Companies are increasingly determined to improve warehouse automation in light of pandemic-related supply chain challenges. A recent Honeywell survey found that 14% of enterprises rank improving automation within their facilities as a top priority, while 37% rank it among their top three near-term goals. A separate report published in Forbes found that 96% of warehouse executives expect the warehouse automation value proposition to increase over the next three years.

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Algolux Closes $18.4M Series B Funding

– Algolux, a Montreal, QC, Canada-based computer vision software company, raised $18.4M in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Forte Ventures and Drive Capital with participation from Investissement Quebec, Castor Ventures, Nikon-SBI Innovation Fund, GM Ventures, Generation Ventures and Intact Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to achieve the following three goals: accelerate adoption of its products across mobility markets; grow its engineering and customer enabling teams to scale worldwide support; grow its engineering and customer enabling teams to scale worldwide support.

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Pizza brands show interest in robotic pizza maker Picnic as Seattle startup raises more cash

– Seattle-based food automation startup Picnic added an additional $4.2m in funding to a Series A round that previously raised $16.3m.
– The cash will be used to grow and expand Picnic’s team of experts and commercial operations.
– The food-automation company has been perfecting its pizza-making robot, called the Picnic Pizza System, and has attracted interest and new partnerships with Orion Land Mark, Seattle’s Ethan Stowell Restaurants, National Service Cooperative, and Baseline Hardware.
– Picnic is in late-stage conversation with a wide variety of customers interested in a differentiated and customizable kitchen solution.

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HaptX raises another $12M for high-tech gloves, relocates HQ back to Seattle

– HaptX is raising more cash to meet demand for its haptic gloves that help enterprise customers working in virtual reality and robotics.
– The company just landed $12m from existing investors including Verizon Ventures, Mason Avenue Investments, Taylor Frigon Capital Partners, and Upheaval Investments.
– Total funding to date is $31m.
– HaptX released the HaptX Gloves DK2 in January and said all inventory is sold out.
– It will use the funding to launch a second manufacturing run.
– The company is also moving its headquarters to back the Seattle area, where it originally launched before moving to California and will open a new 15,000 square-foot space.

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Netradyne Raises $150M in Series C Funding

– Netradyne, a San Diego, CA-based artificial intelligence (AI) and edge computing company focusing on driver and fleet safety, raised $150m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 with participation from existing investors Point72 Ventures and M12.
– The company intends to use the funds to advance its core technology, expand into new geographies and accelerate hiring across R&D, marketing, and customer support.

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Daupler Raises $4M in Funding

– Daupler, a Kansas City-based provider of a software platform for cities, utilities, and other service providers to manage their operations, raised $4M in funding.
– The round was led by Burnt Island Ventures with participation from Revolution Fund, Runway Venture Partners, Knoll Ventures and KCRise Fund.
– The new investment will be used to further strengthen the company’s technical and commercial offering, and continue to expand operations and its business reach.

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Olive Raises $400M in Funding; Valued at $4 Billion

– Olive is a Columbus, OH-based automation company creating the Internet of Healthcare.
– The company closed a $400m funding round led by Vista Equity Partners with participation from the Base10 Partners Advancement Initiative.
– The new investment will be used to further scale product development.

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With $8.4M raised, strawberry-picking robotics startup Traptic begins commercial deployment

– Traptic, a robotics startup, began commercial deployment of its strawberry-picking mobile robot.
– The company raised $5m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Collaborative Fund, Homebrew Ventures and K9 Ventures.
– The company has raised $8.4m in total.

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Zipline raises $250M at $2.75B valuation to build out its instant logistics service

– Drone delivery startup Zipline raised $250m funding.
– It brings Zipline to a valuation of $2.75 billion.
– The company plans to deliver 2.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year.

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Construction robotics company Toggle raises $8M

– New York-based construction startup Toggle raised $8m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Tribeca Venture Partners and featured Blackhorn Ventures, Point72 Ventures, New York State and Twenty Seven Ventures.
– It follows a $3m seed round raised in late-2019.

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Botrista Closes $10M Series A Funding

– Botrista Technology, a San Francisco CA-based robot-barista company, raised $10M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Purestone Capital and La Kaffa International with participation from Sony Innovation Fund, Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD), and PIDC.
– The company intends to use the funds to further ramp up deployment operations to roll-out the DrinkBot nationally.

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CMR Surgical Raises $600M in Series D Funding

– CMR Surgical is a Cambridge UK-based surgical robotic company.
– Series D $600M round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 with participation from Ally Bridge Group, new investors RPMI Railpen, Tencent and Chimera, and existing investors LGT and its affiliate impact investing platform Lightrock, Watrium, Cambridge Innovation Capital, PFM Health Sciences and GE Healthcare.
– The investment will be used for the global commercialization of Versius and further develop the company’s digital ecosystem.

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Neurala Raises $12M in Funding

– Neurala is a Boston, MA-based vision AI software platform provider.
– The company raised $12m in funding.
– The round was led by Zebra Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners, with participation from Draper Associates, Friulia, AddValue, 360 Capital Partners, Idinvest Partners, Cougar Capital, and industrial investors IMA and Antares Vision.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s global presence.

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Seurat Technologies Closes $41 Million Series B Round Led by Capricorn’s Technology Impact Fund

– Seurat Technologies announced it has closed a $41m Series B round of funding led by Capricorn’s Technology Impact Fund.
– The funds will be used to further accelerate the development and commercialization of Seurat’s pioneering metal additive manufacturing technology, Area Printing™.
– Seurat previously raised $13.5m in Series A financing led by True Ventures in January 2018.
– Seurat’s Area Printing technology is a groundbreaking metal additive manufacturing process with enormous potential for infinite scalability.
– Seurat’s Area Printing process is differentiated from existing technology in that it focuses over two million points of laser light on a bed of metal powder—each point fully controllable in power and duration—to create production grade, fully functional components.

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Scythe Robotics Raises $18.6M in Series A Funding

– Scythe Robotics from Boulder, Colorado develops advanced, commercial-grade autonomous robotic solutions for the landscaping industry.
– The company raised $13.8M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Inspired Capital with participation from existing investors True Ventures, Zigg Capital, and Lemnos.
– The new investment will be used to expand with new customers, grow its existing operations in Texas, Florida and Colorado, and accelerate development of further products.

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ecoRobotix raises USD 14.7 million in latest Series C funding

– ecoRobotix announced that they have raised $14.7m in Series C funding.
– The funding was led by Swisscom Ventures together with Verve Ventures.
– The proceeds will accelerate the high-volume series production of their pulled ARA plant protection spraying machine and drive its European expansion forward.

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Robotic landscaping startup Scythe emerges from stealth with $13.8M raise

– Scythe Robotics, a landscaping robotics company, raised $13.8m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Inspired Capital and featured True Ventures, Zigg Capital and Lemnos.
– It brings the Boulder, Colorado-based landscaping robotics company’s total funding up to $18.6m, including a $4m seed, also led by True Ventures.
– The startup’s first product is an autonomous mower, offered to customers through a Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) model.
– The method is becoming increasingly popular in the enterprise and industrial space, essentially offering clients robotics through a rental model that includes regular updates and maintenance.
– The mower features eight HDR cameras and a variety of sensors designed to help avoid people, animals and various obstacles it might encounter on the job.

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Construction robotics firm Dusty raises $16.5M

– Dusty Robotics, a construction robotics company, raised $16.5m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Canaan Partners and featured NextGen Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, Root Ventures and Cantos Ventures.
– The company plans to use the funding to expand its team and product line.

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Sentera Raises $25M in Series C Funding

– Sentera from Minneapolis MN provides an AI-powered platform that fives time sensitive insights to optimize decisions and improve outcomes for stakeholders throughout the agricultural supply chain.
– The company raised $25m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and S2G Ventures with participation from Akroyd LLC, KuE Capital, Continental Grain Company, iSelect Fund and Middleland Capital.
– The new investment will be used to expand operations and business reach.

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Croatia’s Gideon Brothers raises $31M for its 3D vision-enabled autonomous warehouse robots

– Gideon Brothers, a robotics and AI startup, raised $31m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), the venture and growth arm of Koch Industries Inc., with participation from DB Schenker, Prologis Ventures and Rite-Hite.
– The company will also expand its operations in the EU and U.S. by opening offices in Munich, Germany and Boston, Massachusetts, respectively.

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Strateos Closes $56 Million Series B Financing to Accelerate the Roll-Out of its SmartLab of the Future Platform

– Strateos, Inc. announced the closing of its $56.1m Series B financing led by DCVC and Lux Capital with participation from new investors including Eli Lilly and Company, Ally Bridge Group, Black Diamond Ventures, Mack & Co., LLC, and Castor Ventures.
– With this financing, Strateos will continue to drive innovations on its SmartLab Platform™, which integrates data generation and AI-enablement with its unique and flexible automation to accelerate pharmaceutical and synthetic biology R&D.
– Life science research needs faster, more reliable and lower cost data to fully leverage AI-powered analysis tools.
– Strateos is pleased to have the backing of these world-class investors who bring deep expertise in building and scaling innovative platforms at the intersection of the life sciences and information technology.

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Realtime Robotics Raises $31.4M in Series A Funding

– Realtime Robotics specializes in autonomous motion planning for industrial robots.
– Company raised $31.4M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by HAHN Automation and SAIC Capital Management, as well as new institutional investors Soundproof Ventures and Heroic Ventures.
– The company will be use the funds to accelerate its product rollouts and continue its investment in innovative enhancements and solutions.

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TerraClear Raises $25 Million for Robotic Rock Picker

– TerraClear announced Series A funding of $25m led by Madrona Venture Group, bringing the company’s total funding to $38m.
– The company is an applied AI and robotics company that has developed a rock picking solution for farms.
– The solution picks rocks up to 300lbs and can pick up to 400 rocks per hour.
– The solution is currently available and the company will be selling a fully autonomous version in the future.
– The company is based in Seattle, Washington.

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Artificial Raises $21.5M to Accelerate Life Science Breakthroughs

– Artificial, a software company providing a first-of-its-kind lab automation platform, announced the close of their $21.5M Series A investment round.
– The round was led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, along with Playground Global and AME Cloud Ventures.
– Artificial will use the investment to accelerate product development, expand their world-class team, and further their life science partnerships so that scientific breakthroughs can happen faster and more efficiently.

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Food automation startup Picnic raises more cash as it partners with a top Seattle chef and other groups

– Picnic, a Seattle-based food automation startup, raised $16.3m in new financing.
– The round was led by Thursday Ventures and joined by existing investors Flying Fish Partners, Vulcan Capital, and Creative Ventures.
– The company is also entering a strategic culinary and chef partnership with Seattle’s Ethan Stowell Restaurants which will allow Picnic to showcase its capabilities at local activities like pop-up shops and other events.
– The company employs 25 people and plans to expand significantly over the next year, hiring in sales, marketing and engineering.

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Chef Robotics raises $7.7M to help automate kitchens

– San Francisco-based Chef Robotics raised $7.7m in combined pre-seed and seed round.
– The round was led by Kleiner Perkins, Promus Ventures, Construct, Bloomberg Beta, BOLD Capital Partners, Red and Blue Ventures, Gaingels, Schox VC, Stewart Alsop and Tau Ventures.
– The product team includes ex-employees of Cruise, Google, Verb Surgical, Zoox and Strateos.
– The company is building a robotics and vision system destined to increase production volume and enhance consistency, while removing some food waste from the process.

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Plus One Robotics Snags $33M Series B

– Plus One Robotics from San Francisco has completed a $33m Series B funding.
McRock Capital and TransLink Ventures co-led the round, with participation from BMWi Ventures, Kensington Capital Partners, and Ironspring Ventures alongside existing investors.
– Whitney Rockley of McRock Capital and Toshi Otani of TransLink will join the company’s Board of Directors.

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Robotic vision startup Plus One raises $33M

– Plus One Robotics, a computer vision software company, raised $33m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by McRock Capital and TransLink Ventures, and joined by BMWi Ventures, Kensington Capital Partners, and Ironspring Ventures.
– The company plans to use the funding to expand operations internationally to keep up with the accelerated demand for robotics.
– The system also allows for group management, controlling up to 50 robots at once.

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Ronovo Surgical Completes Series A Financing, Aims to Transform Surgery with Innovations Focused on Simplicity, Precision and Intelligence

– Ronovo Surgical, an emerging medtech company focused on innovating minimally invasive (MIS) and digital surgery to address the tremendous needs of the Chinese surgical market, recently announced successful closing of Series A financing.
– The Series A financing was co-led by Matrix Partners China and Vivo Capital, with strong, continued support from seed investor Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV) and participation from GGV Capital.
– Developed by renowned surgeons, medtech veterans and robotics experts, Ronovo was founded in Shanghai in 2019 to establish a transformative technology platform that democratizes MIS and digital surgery in the vastly underserved Chinese surgical market.
– By focusing on the three pillars of simplicity, precision, and intelligence, Ronovo is positioning itself as a gateway to China for cutting edge MIS and digital surgery technology companies from around the world.

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Multiply Labs Raises $20M in Series A Funding

– Multiply Labs, a San Francisco, CA-based robotics company developing automated manufacturing systems for the production of individualized drugs, raised $20m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Casdin Capital with participation from new investors Lux Capital and Pathfinder, Founders Fund’s early stage investment vehicle, Fifty Years and Garage Capital.
– In conjunction with the funding, Michael Doherty, a representative of Casdin Capital, will join Multiply Labs’ Board of Directors.
– The company intends to use the funds to grow its installed robotic production capacity, and to apply its tech to new life-saving therapies.

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Memic Innovative Surgery Raises $96 Million

– Meemic Innovative Surgery raised $96m in a Series D financing round.
– The round was led by Peregrine Ventures and Ceros with participation from OurCrowd and Accelmed.
– Funding will support commercialization of the Hominis® robotic-assisted surgical platform in the U.S. and potentially in other countries around the world as the company also plans to expand marketing and sales efforts outside the U.S.
– The financing will also support continued research and development efforts including expanding the company’s portfolio of products and manufacturing scaleup, as well as provide world-class customer support and training.

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HDS, from the Borders and Webvan founder, raises $3M as it gears up to launch its robot-run grocery and general merchandise play

– Home Delivery Services, a delivery startup founded by Louis Borders, is today announcing funding of $3m.
– The plan is for the center to showcase the technology that HDS Global has been building over the last several years.
– It will power a wide fulfillment system extending from stocking, sorting and picking items that will then be delivered, mostly by humans, to consumers.
– The company plans to launch commercially in the next 15 months.

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Elistair, The Pioneer in Tethered UAVs, Announces a €5M Series B Round to Accelerate Its International Expansion

– Elistair, a market leader in tethered drones, has raised €5M from Omnes and Starquest Capital, its historic investor.
– This Series B round follows an initial €2M funding round in 2018.
– Elistair counts national security and defense organizations amongst its customers, offering them two patented product ranges: an automated tethered drone: Orion 2 and tether stations capable of transforming free-flying drones into tethered drones.
– The Orion 2 drone acts as an aerial reconnaissance mast, substantially increasing the field of vision of operating forces and reducing vulnerable entry points.
– They are also used to deploy tactical communication networks, greatly increasing the range and coverage of military radios.

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Tangram Vision Raises Pre-Seed Funding Round to Enhance Sensors and Help Robots See the World

– Tangram Vision is announcing that it has raised a pre-seed fundraising round and is launching its sensor management SDK.
– Tangram Vision was founded in 2020 by computer vision veterans and Occipital alumni Brandon Minor and Adam Rodnitzky.
– While at Occipital, they helped to engineer and launch the Structure Sensor & SDK 3D sensing platform.
– After having worked with numerous robotics, drone and autonomous vehicle companies on integrating the Structure Sensor into their platforms, Brandon and Adam realized that there was a significant software gap for sensors.
– The company is building out its sensor management platform to enable developers to connect, manage and monitor their sensors in real time.

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Avvir raises $10M for AI that spots construction site errors

– Avvir, a startup using laser scans and AI to catch construction mistakes, today announced that it raised $10 million in a funding round led by Trust Ventures.
– The New York-based startup, which is valued at $40 million, says it’ll use the funds to expand its workforce while improve its technology platform.
– Mistakes often prove to be costly in the construction industry. According to a study commissioned by Autodesk, 5% of construction professionals’ time is spent on nonproductive activities including looking for project information, conflict resolution, and dealing with errors and rework. It’s estimated that these activities cost the U.S. construction sector alone over $177 billion in labor in 2018.

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Pison Technology Closes $7M Series A Round

– Pison Technology has closed a $7M Series A round of funding led by Lavrock Ventures, with participation by Bose Venture Capital, In-Q-Tel, and Decisive Point.
– The company will use the funding to launch market ready products, with a series of ecosystem releases beginning in late 2021.
– Featuring touchless control and multiple interfaces, Pison’s wearable devices make controlling the physical and digital world as simple as a thought.
– Founded in 2016, the funding announcement comes as the company transitions from R&D to market readiness.
– Pison is shepherding in the next phase of gesture control – deep tech that uses the human body’s electrical system to control robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality, personal electronics, and more.

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Shamrock Makes Strategic Investment in Learn on Demand Systems, a Leading Provider of Virtual Labs for Technology Training

Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm, today announced that it has made an investment in Learn on Demand Systems, a leading provider of virtual labs used to power hands-on, experiential technology training.
– Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
– Learn on Demand Systems provides cloud-based virtual lab environments to address a range of organizations’ information technology (IT) needs across skills validation, education, sales enablement, and customer support.
– The company’s offerings empower organizations to accelerate skills acquisition through scored hands-on experiences across a diverse set of topics including DevOps, cloud, security, and software development.
– This investment will be used to drive product enhancements, fuel growth with enterprise technology customers, and expand offerings.

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Robotics safety system developer Fort Robotics raises $13M to tackle workplace automation

– Fort Robotics, a startup developing a safety and security platform for robots, today announced it has raised $13 million in a funding round led by Prime Movers Lab.
– With the new investment, Fort says it will more than double the size of its workforce and expand its product offerings in “key markets.”
– Worker shortages attributable to the pandemic have accelerated the adoption of automation. According to ABI Research, more than 4 million commercial robots will be installed in over 50,000 warehouses around the world by 2025, up from under 4,000 warehouses as of 2018. In China, Oxford Economics anticipates 12.5 million manufacturing jobs being automated, while in the U.S., McKinsey projects machines will take upwards of 30% of such jobs.
– Founded in 2018, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Fort is CEO Samuel Reeves’ second startup.

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Nimble Robotics Raises $50M in Series A Funding

– Nimble Robotics, Inc. is a San Francisco, CA-based robotics and ecommerce fulfillment technology company.
– The company raised $50m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by DNS Capital and GSR Ventures with participation from Accel and Reinvent Capital, among others.
– The new investment will be used to further accelerate its hiring plans, product and technology development and scaling of robot deployments for its customers’ fulfillment operations.

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