Finalists Announced in Launch Pad Startup Competition
Emerging Companies with Range of Offerings from Platform-as-a-Service to Actuators to 3D Vision Technology
ANN ARBOR, MI – Today the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the leading global advocate for the benefits of automating and producers of Automate 2017, announced the eight finalists in the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition. The competition highlights the industry’s most innovative young companies in robotics, machine vision, and motion control who are competing for the spotlight at the Automate 2017 Show and a $10,000 cash award. Sponsored by GE and co-produced by Silicon Valley Robotics, the competition provides innovative startup companies with an opportunity to generate awareness of their technology and find new sources of funding.
The eight finalists will compete for the top prize at Automate 2017 on April 5 at 3:00pm in a theatre on the exhibition floor at McCormick Place in Chicago, where they will pitch their technology solution to a panel of judges. All finalists will also be awarded booth space at Automate, giving them the opportunity to engage with over 20,000 expected attendees. The eight finalists were chosen from a field of over 30 contestants offering a mix of products and services.
“Automation is among the most dynamic emerging markets, with venture funding increasing robustly each year,” stated Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “The finalists in the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition represent the many types of innovation that will transform the manufacturing and services sectors over the next decade.”
Automate Launch Pad Competition Finalists
Meet the Judges
A distinguished panel of automation industry leaders and investors will select the competition winner. The judges will be participating in a “Fireside Chat” in the theatre on the show floor, April 5, 10:30am – 12pm about their experiences in investing in robotics and automation. Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, will moderate. Below is the list of judges:
Final Round at Automate 2017
The winner of the grand prize will be announced at the end of the competition on April 5. Automate 2017 will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place April 3-6. Attendees may register here. Prospective exhibitors can find more information on exhibition opportunities at the event website.
About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA). RIA, AIA, and MCMA combined represent over 1,000 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more information, please visit our websites: A3 – RIA – AIA – MCMA.
Bob Doyle, Director, Communications