Denmark launches Odense Robotics StartUp Fund


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Denmark, one of many world’s main robotics clusters, has created a brand new fund to financially assist startups. The Odense Robotics StartUp Fund has DKK 18.4 million ($2.5 million USD) in capital due to donations from a number of the nation’s most influential robotics buyers and corporations, in addition to distinguished business foundations.

The brand new fund goals to supply improved entry to capital, distinctive sector data and a powerful incubation surroundings. The funding will probably be invested straight into not less than 30 startups over the following six years. The funding takes place within the type of a mortgage, which startups repay over time. Startups make an extra cost if they’re acquired. Funds generate returns, which the fund then makes use of to assist new startups.

The fund is open to purposes from robotic and drone startups from Denmark and overseas. Except for receiving a mortgage, startups are a part of the world-class incubator at Danish Technological Institute in Odense, providing workplace house and superior technical gear in an modern surroundings centered on {hardware} growth.

The capital within the Odense Robotics StartUp Fund consists of donations from the next:

  • Bente Iversen
  • Enrico Krog Iversen – CEO of OnRobot and former CEO of Common Robots
  • Helge Munk
  • Niels Jul Jacobsen – CEO of Capra Robotics and founding father of Cellular Industrial Robots (MiR)
  • Ralf Astrup – investor and former CEO and Co-owner of Cabinplant
  • Thomas Visti – CEO & founding father of Visti Limitless; former CCO of Common Robots; former CEO of MiR
  • Bitten & Mads Clausens Basis
  • C.C.N. Holding A/S
  • Den Faberske Fond
  • Entreprenør Marius Pedersens Fond
  • Novo Nordisk Basis
  • The Grundfos Basis
  • Common Robots A/S

 

“We have now donated to Odense Robotics StartUp Fund as a result of we need to contribute in direction of the continued progress of the robotics surroundings in Odense and Denmark,” mentioned Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of OnRobot and former CEO of Common Robots. “It’s about giving robotics entrepreneurs higher entry to mortgage capital, skilled assist and good services. By becoming a member of forces with different sturdy gamers, we hope to make a distinction for generations of robotic startups sooner or later. The robotics group right here has given us a lot, so we really feel we need to give one thing again.”

A few of the fund’s founders will act as mentors to the startups.

“For us, it’s about giving again to the group we come from. We have now a really distinctive robotics cluster right here in Odense with a world-class college, huge assist from the municipality and native ecosystem, and a whole lot of robotic corporations of varied sizes spanning an enormous vary of experience,” mentioned Kim Povlsen, president of Common Robots. “However we’re not finished but with making Odense the world’s finest robotic metropolis. There’s nonetheless a number of potential ready to be realized. That’s why we’re contributing to Odense Robotics StartUp Fund – so we will assist future startups, not simply financially but additionally by means of dialogue and mentoring.”

Denmark’s robotics trade grew 12% in 2021. It generated EUR 2.8 billion (DKK 21.1 billion) in turnover in 2021, together with EUR 1.5 billion (DKK 11 billion) in exports. Greater than EUR 900+ million (DKK 6.7 billion) has been invested in robotics corporations in Denmark since 2015.

 

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