Investment and Funding
The Mobile Robot Market
This page includes a summary of all of the market research and funding reports that we've published here on The Mobile Robot Guide. If you are an investor or a venture fund with an interest in autonomous mobile robots, you've come the right place.
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Mobile Robot Company Acquisition Tracker
The table below tracks all of the mobile robot company acquisition activity since 2015:
|Date||Deal Size ($M)||Acquirer Name||Acquiree Name|
|04/01/2018||272||Teradyne, Inc||Mobile Industrial Robots|
|04/01/2019||Amazon||Canvas Technology, Inc|
|06/01/2019||Thomas H. Lee Partners LP||AutoStore|
|09/01/2019||450||Shopify||6 River Systems|
|10/01/2019||165||Teradyne, Inc||AutoGuide Mobile Robots|
|11/02/2020||192||Ocado Group||Kindred Systems|
|11/02/2020||25||Ocado Group||Haddington Dynamics|
|12/11/2020||1,100||Hyundai Motor Group||Boston Dynamics|
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Mobile Robot Venture Investment Data From 2020
2020 Funding By Round
If we look back at the venture venture investment data from 2020, we can see that the largest chunk of money went to Series C. This is indicative of the trend that many AMR companies are in the expansion phase of their growth curve. Companies like Geek Plus, Seegrid, Clearpath Robotics, and OTTO Motors all completed Series C rounds, with Geek Plus ($200 M) coming in at the highest.
The largest number of funding events happened in the Series B round with 15 companies taking an average of $46 M.
See figure 1 below for an chart of this market.
2020 Funding by Segment
If we look at the venture funding in 2020 and organize it by market segment for the company, figure 2 shows us that the largest investment area in 2020 was warehousing solutions for autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The total funding (all rounds) for warehousing solutions was $447 M.
The next biggest investment segment was material handling at $230 M.
The biggest growth in 2020 came in disinfection solutions which pulled in $43.6 M, after starting the year with only a handful of companies in the space. Currently, there are 70+ solutions in the autonomous disinfection solutions market. We expect to see some of these disinfection solutions companies fail to gain traction (and go bankrupt) and others to consolidate in 2021.
2020 Month-Over-Month Investment
The average monthly investment was ~$100 M in 2020. The year was pretty flat with two exceptions in June and August. All of this happened during a year in which the world was dealing with a response to the corona virus pandemic.
Figure 3 tracks the MoM deal cycle in 2020.
2020 Data Table
The table below lists the data used to create the above table. You are free to download the content and use as you need.
2020 Venture Investment Data
|Company||URL||Date||Month||Amount Raised ($M USD)||Series||Market||Notes|
|Vecna Robotics||https://www.vecnarobotics.com/||01/07/2020||1||$50||B||Material Handling|
|Abundant Robotics||https://www.abundantrobotics.com/||01/09/2020||1||$2||Seed||Agriculture||Investment by Kubota|
|ForwardX Robotics||https://www.forwardx.com/||03/21/2020||3||$15||B||Material Handling|
|Keenon Robotics||https://www.keenonrobot.com/||03/09/2020||3||$29||B||Disinfection Robots|
|Abundant Robotics||https://www.abundantrobotics.com/||03/17/2020||3||$2.5||Seed||Agriculture||Investment by Yamaha Motors|
|Brain Corp||https://www.blickfeld.com||04/27/2020||4||$36||D||Floor care|
|Syrius Robotics||https://www.syriusrobotics.com/||05/13/2020||5||$10||A||Material Handling|
|Third Wave||https://www.thirdwave.ai||06/21/2020||6||$15.0||A||Software||Automate fork trucks|
|WiBotic Inc||https://www.wibotic.com/||06/11/2020||6||$5.7||A||Battery Charging|
|OTTO Motors||https://ottomotors.com/||06/01/2020||6||$29||C||Material Handling|
|Fox Robotics||https://www.foxrobotics.com||08/25/2020||8||$9||A||Material Handling|
|Pudu Robotics (AKA PuduTech)||https://pudurobotics.com/||08/19/2020||8||$15||B||Service|
|Guassian Robotics||http://www.gs-robot.com/||09/02/2020||9||$23||B||Floor care|
|Clearpath Robotics||https://www.clearpath.ai/||09/22/2020||9||$36||C||Material Handling|
|Agility Robotics||https://www.agilityrobotics.com/||10/15/2020||10||$20||B||Legged Robotics|
|Ware Robotics||https://www.getware.com/||10/22/2020||10||$2.5||Seed||Warehouse, Drone|
|Sense Photonics, Inc||https://sensephotonics.com/||11/10/2020||11||$32||B||Sensors||LiDAR|
Mobile Robot Market Investment History
The table below is a filtered list of all of the funding or acquisition articles which have been published by The Mobile Robot Guide:
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