Carnegie Mellon University, the Robotics Technology Consortium and the Innovation Accelerator today announced the five teams from across the United States that are finalists in the inaugural RoboBowl venture competition.

The entrepreneurial teams will compete before a blue-ribbon panel of judges at Carnegie Mellon on Oct. 13.

RoboBowl Pittsburgh is the first in a series of national "next-generation robotics" venture competitions intended to find and foster startup and early-stage companies seeking to develop products and services that address unmet and underserved market needs in targeted industrial sectors.

The initial event in Pittsburgh seeks to identify new ventures with compelling ideas for next-generation robotics products or services in the health care and quality of life industries. Each finalist receives $5,000 and a chance to win an additional $20,000.

The finalists are:

  • Bright Cloud International Corp, Highland Park, N.J.
  • Interbots, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Origami Robotics, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • RescueBotics, Mountain View, Calif.
  • TactSense Technologies, Pittsburgh, Pa.
"We are pleased that the initial RoboBowl competition in Pittsburgh has attracted national interest and that it is taking place in conjunction with the 'Innovation Accelerator @ Carnegie Mellon' event the following day," said John Pyrovolakis, founder and CEO of the Innovation Accelerator. 

"We look forward to the opportunity for the finalist teams to present their innovative ideas for how robotics technology can be adapted to meet some of our most challenging problems in health care."

The inaugural RoboBowl competition in Pittsburgh is focused on U.S.-based startup or early-stage business with an idea or concept for using next-generation robotics technology to develop and bring to market a compelling product or service that addresses unmet or underserved needs in the healthcare and quality of life industries.

Future RoboBowl competitions are expected to take place in various locations across the U.S. and focus on next-generation robotics technology solutions in other domains in addition to health care and quality of life, including manufacturing and logistics, national defense, homeland security, civil infrastructure, energy, transportation, and field industries such as agriculture and mining.

Related Links: QoLT | CMU's Robotics Institute

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