Top 50 Robotics Investments in the Last 12 Months

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Next to AI, VR, and some other rather popular buzzwords, one of the top trends in science, technology, and engineering today is the field of robotics. But that’s more than some creepy humanoid robots that pretend to be people, even though they often look obscurely unreal and as if they have been built in the 90s and not in 2018.

But robotics is a truly wide field and next to many questionable approaches there are some great companies out there who do amazing work and build robot innovation every day. Even though every new video on YouTube by Boston Dynamics is almost always bound to become a viral Internet sensation, there are many other interesting companies that dwell in this sector.

Top 50 robotics investments

We live in interesting times and the significance of robotics was also identified by capital investors such as venture capitalists and other people who fund startups with the hope of a future return on investment. Here is the list of the top fifty biggest funding and investment interactions in the sphere of robotics, worldwide, in the last twelve months.

Position Company Type Investment Announced HQ Location
1 UBTECH Robotics Series C $400,000,000 Nov 15, 2017 Shenzhen, China
2 Auris Surgical Robotics Series D $280,210,782 Aug 4, 2017 San Carlos, United States
3 Carbon Series D $200,000,000 Dec 20, 2017 Redwood City, United States
4 Nauto Series B $159,000,000 Jul 19, 2017 Palo Alto, United States
5 UiPath Series B $153,000,000 Mar 6, 2018 New York, United States
6 PROCEPT BioRobotics Private Equity $118,000,000 Feb 20, 2018 Redwood Shores, United States
7 Desktop Metal Series D $115,000,000 Jul 17, 2017 Burlington, United States
8 Brain Corporation Series C $114,000,000 Jul 19, 2017 San Diego, United States
9 Farmers Business Network Series D $110,000,000 Nov 30, 2017 San Carlos, United States
10 Rokid Series B $100,000,000 Jan 18, 2018 Hangzhou, China
11 Horizon Robotics Series A $100,000,000 Oct 20, 2017 Beijing, China
12 Ninebot Series C $100,000,000 Oct 20, 2017 Beijing, China
13 Preferred Networks Funding Round $95,000,000 Aug 4, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
14 Nuro Series A $92,000,000 Jan 30, 2018 Mountain View, United States
15 ispace technologies Series A $90,200,000 Dec 13, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
16 PrecisionHawk Series D $75,000,000 Jan 24, 2018 Raleigh, United States
17 Innoviz Technologies Series B $65,000,000 Sep 7, 2017 Kfar Saba, Israel
18 Peloton Technology Series B $60,000,000 Apr 5, 2017 Mountain View, United States
19 Geek+ Series B $60,000,000 Jul 13, 2017 Beijing, China
20 ROOBO Series B $53,000,000 Sep 7, 2017 Chaoyang, China
21 3D Robotics Series D $53,000,000 Apr 27, 2017 Berkeley, United States
22 Oryx Vision Series B $50,000,000 Jul 19, 2017 Petah Tiqva, Israel
23 Vicarious Series C $50,000,000 Jul 25, 2017 San Francisco, United States
24 Drive.ai Series B $50,000,000 Jun 27, 2017 Mountain View, United States
25 Skydio Series B $42,000,000 Feb 13, 2018 Redwood City, United States
26 Wonder Workshop Series C $41,000,000 Oct 30, 2017 San Mateo, United States
27 Farmers Business Network Series C $40,000,000 Mar 7, 2017 San Carlos, United States
28 AImotive Series C $38,000,000 Jan 4, 2018 Budapest, Hungary
29 FiveAI Series A $35,000,000 Sep 5, 2017 Bristol, United Kingdom
30 Swift Navigation Series B $34,000,000 Jun 28, 2017 San Francisco, United States
31 Kespry Series C $33,000,000 Dec 5, 2017 Menlo Park, United States
32 Airobotics Series C $32,500,000 Sep 7, 2017 Petah Tiqva, Israel
33 UiPath Series A $30,000,000 Apr 27, 2017 New York, United States
34 FogHorn Series B $30,000,000 Oct 4, 2017 Mountain View, United States
35 Markforged Series C $30,000,000 Nov 1, 2017 Cambridge, United States
36 Volocopter Series Unknown €25,000,000 Aug 1, 2017 Stuttgart, Germany
37 Ouster Series A $27,000,000 Dec 11, 2017 San Francisco, United States
38 Cambridge Medical Robotics Series A $26,000,000 Sep 18, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom
39 Knightscope Equity Crowdfunding $25,000,000 Sep 21, 2017 Mountain View, United States
40 KeyMe Series D $25,000,000 Sep 14, 2017 New York, United States
41 Fetch Robotics Series B $25,000,000 Dec 6, 2017 San Jose, United States
42 Kinova Robotics Series Unknown $25,000,000 Sep 28, 2017 Quebec, Canada
43 Locus Robotics Series B $25,000,000 Nov 20, 2017 Wilmington, United States
44 Magazino Series A $24,800,000 Feb 27, 2018 Munich, Germany
45 MOJIO Series B CA$30,000,000 Nov 30, 2017 Vancouver, Canada
46 Sphero Series Unknown $23,000,000 Apr 7, 2017 Boulder, United States
47 Seven Dreamers Laboratories Series Unknown $22,800,000 Jun 15, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
48 Slamtec Series B CN¥150,000,000 Jul 12, 2017 Shanghai, China
49 Geek+ Series A CN¥150,000,000 Mar 20, 2017 Beijing, China
50 Qieon Research Seed $21,000,000 May 25, 2017 Kansas City, United States

Many of these companies have their HQ in Silicon Valley but it’s interesting to see that there are also some other regions that try to get a foot into the door, but will we live to see androids on the streets and around us like in a novel by Isaac Asimov? I’m only saying I, Robot and the “three laws of robotics“.

Photo credit: Paul Hudson
Source: Crunchbase

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Christopher Isak

Hi there and thanks for reading my article! I'm Chris the founder of TechAcute. I write about technology news and share experiences from my life in the enterprise world. Drop by on Twitter and say 'hi' sometime. ;)