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Launching a robotics company, as well as growing and scaling one, presents innovators with many challenges. RoboBusiness, which runs Oct. 19-20 in Santa Clara, is here to help with a Robotics Startup Bootcamp designed to provide tips of the trade to leaders of young companies.
Taking place between 3-5 PM on Oct. 19, the two-part Robotics Startup Bootcamp is being organized by MassRobotics and will cover the major stages in startup formation, as well as information specific to the various departments all businesses must have. Topics include legal formation, stock options and patents, dilutive and non-dilutive investments, the path to manufacturing, best practices in accounting, and bringing on marketing, sales, & HR experts, as well as fundraising & exits.
Here is a quick look at the Robotics Startup Bootcamp agenda:
- Introduction: Common challenges facing startups
- Legal: Setting up a company, IP and patents
- Design for manufacturing and scaling: opportunities & pitfalls
- Accounting: finance, forecasting, and taxes
- Marketing & Sales: when and who
- Workforce: How/When to grow the team
Speakers at the bootcamp will include:
- Aaron Capron, Partner, Finnegan
- Michael LaCrosse, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen
- Parna Sarkar-Basu, Founder, Brand and Buzz
- Daniel Theobald, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Vecna Robotics
- Peter Russo, Founder/President, New Approach Development
There will be a variety of other events and programming for robotics startups at RoboBusiness, including the Pitchfire Startup Competition, MassRobotics Career Fair and networking receptions. RoboBusiness will also feature 100-plus exhibitors, 50-plus speakers, live demos and much more. Full conference passes are $795, while expo-only passes are just $75. Academic discounts are available and academic full conference rates are $295. Register today.
Maryanna Saenko, co-founder and partner of Future Ventures, will be discussing “How to Attract Funding as an Early-Stage Startup” between 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM on Oct. 19. In this session, Saenko will review the questions she asks herself about founders and their companies before she decides to invest in them. As an early investor in SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, Planet, and Skype, Saenko has a track record of successfully picking the right companies and founders. With a deep background in robotics, including a MS from Cornell in Materials Science and Engineering, she has a keen understanding of the robotics world, and has investments in the space.
RoboBusiness will be co-located with the Field Robotics Engineering Forum, an international conference and exposition designed to provide engineers, engineering management, business professionals and others with information about how to successfully develop and safely deploy the next generation of field robotics systems for operation in wide-ranging, outdoor, dynamic environments. You can check out the current list of speakers, to which more will be added, here.
Also co-located with RoboBusiness is DeviceTalks West, the premier industry event for medical technology professionals, currently in its ninth year. Both events attract engineering and business professionals from a broad range of healthcare and medical technology backgrounds.
For information about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, download the prospectus. Question regarding sponsorship opportunities should be directed to Courtney Nagle at cnagle[AT]wtwhmedia.com.
About WTWH Media
WTWH Media is an integrated media company serving engineering, business and investment professionals through 50+ websites, print publications, along with many other technical and business events. WTWH’s Robotics Group produces The Robot Report, Robotics Business Review, Collaborative Robotics Trends and Mobile Robot Guide, online technical, business and investment news and information portals focused on robotics and intelligent systems. WTWH Media also produces leading in-person robotics conferences, including the Robotics Summit & Expo, RoboBusiness and the Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum. See www.wtwhmedia.com for more information.