Europe's first robotics incubator opens in Paris in the first arrondissement to centralize in a single place all the energy to bring to life and grow the robots and connected objects of tomorrow.
Ahe Robot-Lab brings together the skills to create an ecosystem that will help the emergence of selected projects. It offers incubated companies material, human, financial and technological support: equipped premises, assistance with administrative and financial procedures (public aid, fundraising, etc.) and product launches (communication, manufacturing and distribution). Its aim is to help the community of French makers to go from dream to reality until the success of their project. By offering the best possible ecosystem, Robot Lab wants to facilitate the creation of companies and jobs while making the most of French innovation in the field of robotics.
A real hub for the robotics ecosystem, it also attracts companies and investors: companies will be able to discover the latest technological advances there, and have the possibility to accompany an incubated project or to incubate their own project. Investors come to the Robot-Lab to discover the latest initiatives and support humanly and financially the nugget of their choice.
This first robotic incubator and connected object is first set up in the heart of Paris in an environment conducive to creation, in the premises at 10 rue de la Coquillère in Paris 1er. It will then expand with a branch in Lyon and Toulouse.
How does the Robot-Lab work?
It is a structure composed of a mechanical workshop, an event room and more traditional offices. It offers selected and incubated projects technological resources, support in obtaining public aid, a network of business angels and mentors, as well as a management, communication, manufacturing and distribution support service.
This ecosystem should create strong links between startupers, makers, companies and investors. The creators benefit from all these services in exchange for part of their capital.
A real springboard for French robotics
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Launched in test phase since September 1st, 2014 in Paris, the Robot Lab already supports some startups and has signed strategic partnerships.
The CRIIF, a recognized structure that has been developing robotics projects since 1987, is committed to providing technical support for each incubated project.
"Being at the heart of the latest innovations is a dream for our team and our customers! » according to Rodolphe Hasselvander, the founder, who decided to get fully involved in this project by physically installing his team within the Robot-Lab.
RobotShop.com, the world's leading distributor of robots, joins this approach by becoming the distributor partner of the Robot-Lab, thus allowing all incubated startups to have an immediate solution to market their offer. Mario Tremblay, CEO of RobotShop, testifies : "We are committed to highlighting and distributing the selected and mature offers supported by the Robot Lab, thus offering a formidable growth relay for these manufacturers who will have had the chance to develop their project in a unique ecosystem".
Robot Capital, a private equity fund dedicated to robotics, is committed to support the best projects as lead investor. Numerous partnerships with funds, entrepreneurs, schools and companies are currently being developed.
At the origin of this initiative, Alexandre Ichaï, an IT developer who became a serial entrepreneur and then an investor, wanted to enable creators to make the most of what exists so that they could focus on innovation:
"From a human point of view, the proven experience of entrepreneurs is crucial to the success of a project. From a technical point of view, many companies develop their technology from scratch while other non-competing companies have already developed it! From a financial point of view, finding strategic partners also helps to find the funds. In short, in sharing, the synergies are infinite".