Robotics funding for the month of February 2023 totaled $620M (See Table 1, below or download Table 1 HERE), the result of 36 investments. The February investments bring the 2023 totals to approximately $1.14B.
Companies offering unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), usually coupled with drone enabled data and analytics services, were particularly strong in February, with firms receiving sizable mid to late stage funding rounds. These providers typically focus on surveying and inspection applications for their offerings, with construction, agriculture, utilities and energy sectors as the target markets. Examples include Skydio ($230M, Series E), Fulfil Solutions ($60M, Series B), Garuda Aerospace ($22M, Series A), and i-KINGTEC ($20M, Series C). UK based DRONAMICS landed $40M in Seed round funding.
Table 1: February 2023 Robotics Funding and Investment
|COMPANY||AMOUNT||TYPE||COUNTRY||TECH, PROD & SERVICES||DESCRIPTION|
|AirGo||$2,700,000||Seed||Oman||Operator Services - Drones, Data Acquisition / Processing / Management||AirGo offers drone operations services.|
|Aniai||$3,000,000||Seed||USA||Other Commercial||Aniai has developed a robotic kitchen for quick service restaurants.|
|Apptronik||$10,000,000||Other||USA||Humanoids / Bipeds||Apptronik builds and designs humanoid robotics systems.|
|Ascento||$162,543||Grant||Switzerland||Indoor Mobile Platforms, Outdoor Mobile Platforms||Ascento offers a two-wheeled jumping robot designed for mixed environments.|
|Asylon||Estimate||Series A||USA||Quadrupeds, Outdoor Mobile Platforms||Asylon provides perimeter security solutions using quadrapedal robots and drones.|
|Aurrigo International||$867,136||Grant||UK||Outdoor Mobile Platforms, Autonomous Transportation Systems (Auto, Truck, Monorail etc.)||Aurrigo offers self-driving autonomous vehicles for airport baggage cargo handling and passenger vehicles|
|CaPow||$7,500,000||Seed||Israel||Power Supplies||CaPow offers a solution that provides contonious power to automated robotics fleets.|
|Deus Robotics||$1,500,000||Seed||Ukraine||Indoor Mobile Platforms||Deus Robotics produces mobile robotics solutions for logistics operations.|
|DRONAMICS||$40,000,000||Seed||UK||Drones, Networking / Connectivity, Sensors / Sensing Systems||DRONAMICS provides unmanned aerial systems for commercial shipping and special cargo applications.|
|Fly X Aerospace||$20,542||Seed||India||Drones, Operator Services - Drones, Data Acquisition / Processing / Management||Fly-x Aerospace provides design, development and customization solutions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).|
|Fortem Technologies||$17,800,000||Other||USA||Drones, Networking / Connectivity, Sensors / Sensing Systems||Fortem Technologies provides airspace awareness, security, and defense solutions for detecting and defeating dangerous drones using distributed radar and autonomous drone capture.|
|Fulfil Solutions||$60,000,000||Series B||USA||Indoor Mobile Platforms, Software||Fulfil provides a robotic automation solution for grocery store and other retail e-commerce firms.|
|Garuda Aerospace||$22,000,000||Series A||India||Drones, Operator Services - Drones||Garuda Aerospace develops unmanned aerial vehicles and drones for the defense and aerospace sectors.|
|Huanzhi Technology||$4,405,631||Other||China||Forklift AGVs, Indoor Mobile Platforms||Huanzhi Technology offers integrated logistical solutions such as robots and unmanned control systems for industrial and dispatch vehicles.|
|i-KINGTEC||Estimate||Series C||China||Drones, Drones, Data Acquisition / Processing / Management||i-KINGTEC is a developer of intelligent industrial drone and UAV systems.|
|Indrones||$847,475||Other||India||Drones, Operator Services - Drones, Software||Indrones provides high-resolution data services solutions using drones for applications across many industries.|
|IVEX||$2,442,238||Seed||Belgium||Software, Sensors / Sensing Systems||IVEX develops safety co-pilot technologies for autonomous cars.|
|Kinetic Technologies||$175,000||Other||USA||Other Industrial||Kinetic Technologies is an engineering design and build firm that offers the RT1, a robot-controlled rotary table designed to maximize welding productivity.|
|Kiwibot||$10,000,000||Other||USA||Outdoor Mobile Platforms||Kiwibot designs and manufactures a fleet of mobile robots used for food delivery on college campuses.|
|Linebird||$75,000||Grant||USA||Drones, Other, Data Acquisition / Processing / Management||Linebird provides drone-based automation solutions for utilities.|
|Muniu Technology||$14,361,213||Series C||China||Sensors / Sensing Systems||Muniu Technology is a provider of millimeter-wave radar intelligent system solutions for autonomous driving, smart transportation, and intelligent IoT.|
|Nanoflex Robotics||$12,000,000||Series A||Switzerland||Surgical / Interventional Systems||Nanoflex Robotics, a spin-off from ETH Zurich, provides advancing robotic technologies for surgical interventions for the treatment of ischemic stroke.|
|Oinride Oy||$16,208||Pre-Seed||Finland||Outdoor Mobile Platforms, Software||Oinride Oy offers intelligent robots for operation in hazardous environments.|
|Orthopus||$2,180,929||Seed||France||Rehabilitation / Therapeutic Systems||Orthopus produces robotic assistive devices for arm mobility.|
|Passion Intelligence||Estimate||Series B||China||Indoor Mobile Platforms, Automated Guide Vehicles||Passion Intelligence is a provider of automated robotic solutions and services for warehousing, logistics, and manufacturing processes.|
|PuduTech||$15,000,000||Series C||China||Indoor Mobile Platforms||PuduTech offers autonomous delivery robots for the home care, food service, and catering industries.|
|Skydio||$230,000,000||Series E||USA||Drones, Software, Sensors / Sensing Systems||Skydio produces drone and enabling technologies that are used by consumer, enterprise, and government customers.|
|sliQue Robotics||Estimate||Seed||USA||Indoor Mobile Platforms||sliQue Robotics develops mobile robots and other technologies for various commercial sectors.|
|SwarmFarm Robotics||$8,384,636||Series A||Australia||Outdoor Mobile Platforms||ADAMA offers robotics platforms for efficient and sustainable agriculture.|
|TETRA ELC||Estimate||Series B||China||Indoor Mobile Platforms, Outdoor Mobile Platforms||TETRA ELC is a manufacturer of robotic equipment that provides robotics sensing, operation and maintenance solutions for the energy industry.|
|ThayerMahan||$30,549,982||Other||USA||Unmanned Underwater Vehicles, Unmanned Surface Vehicles||ThayerMahan is a provider of marine robotic solutions for the government and industry.|
|Third Wave Automation||$15,000,000||Other||USA||Sensors / Sensing Systems, Controllers||Third Wave Automation offers a controls and sensor package that can retrofit existing fork trucks making them autonomous or controlled remotely.|
|Toggle Robotics||$3,000,000||Series A||USA||Articulated Robots, Software||Toggle Robotics uses robotics hardware, software, and services to automate the pre-assembly of construction materials.|
|ZD Medtech||$14,592,149||Series B||China||Rehabilitation / Therapeutic Systems||ZD Medtech is a company specializing in the development and application of intelligent rehabilitation robots.|
|Zeabuz||$1,947,089||Other||Norway||Unmanned Surface Vehicles, Operator Services - USVs||Zeabuz offers autonomy-as-a-service platform to urban ferry operators.|
|Zeitview (formerly DroneBase)||$55,000,000||Series E||USA||Drones, Operator Services - Drones, Data Acquisition / Processing / Management||Zeitview is a data analytics provider that via aerial drone services.|
Companies located in the USA received the most rounds (14) and the most funding ($436M), dwarfing other countries (Figure 1). Investment into Chinese firms came in at a distant second (7 rounds for a total of $81M).
Figure 1: February 2023 Robotics Investment by Country
All funding types were well represented in the February 2023 investment survey (Figure 2). Series E rounds accounting for the bulk of the funding amounts, bouyed by investments into drone data services providers Zeitview (formerly DroneBase) and Skydio , at $55M and $230M, respectively (Figure 3).
Figure 2: February 2023 Robotics Funding Amounts by Investment Type
Figure 3: February 2023 Robotics Funding Amounts by Investment Number and Amounts
Editors’ note: What defines robotics investments? The answer to this simple question is central in any attempt to quantify them with some degree of rigor. To make investment analyses consistent, repeatable, and valuable, it is critical to wring out as much subjectivity as possible during the evaluation process. This begins with a definition of terms and a description of assumptions.
Investors and investing
Investment should come from venture capital firms, corporate investment groups, angel investors, and other sources. Friends-and-family investments, government/non-governmental agency grants, and crowd-sourced funding are excluded.
Robotics and intelligent systems companies
Robotics companies must generate or expect to generate revenue from the production of robotics products (that sense, analyze, and act in the physical world), hardware or software subsystems and enabling technologies for robots, or services supporting robotics devices. For this analysis, autonomous vehicles (including technologies that support autonomous driving) and drones are considered robots, while 3D printers, CNC systems, and various types of “hard” automation are not.
Companies that are “robotic” in name only, or use the term “robot” to describe products and services that that do not enable or support devices acting in the physical world, are excluded. For example, this includes “software robots” and robotic process automation. Many firms have multiple locations in different countries. Company locations given in the analysis are based on the publicly listed headquarters in legal documents, press releases, etc.
Funding information is collected from a number of public and private sources. These include press releases from corporations and investment groups, corporate briefings, imarket research firms, and association and industry publications. In addition, information comes from sessions at conferences and seminars, as well as during private interviews with industry representatives, investors, and others. Unverifiable investments are excluded and estimates are made where investment amounts are not provided or are unclear.