Top 10 Robotics Startups To Look Out For In 2020

Across the world several robotics startups are merging to drive significant innovations. Running a robotics startup is […]

Across the world several robotics startups are merging to drive significant innovations.

Running a robotics startup is no easy task. Yet, we are always amazed by the number of robotics startups working on innovative technologies. The companies are working on a variety of products, including autonomous vehicles, mobile robots for construction, toy robots, and software to give robots common sense and make them easier to use. According to The Robot Report, here are the top 10 robotics startups to look out for in 2020.


Covariant’s mission is to build the Covariant Brain, a universal AI to give robots the ability to see, reason, and act on the world around them. Bringing AI from research in the lab to the infinite variability and constant change of its customer’s real-world operations requires new ideas, approaches, and techniques.
Success in the real world requires a team that represents that world: diversity of backgrounds, points of view, and experiences. Covariant’s common denominator: ambitious expectations, love of learning, empathy for those around us, and a team-first mindset.

Digital Dream Labs

Digital Dream Labs (DDL) is the leading provider of hands-on educational technology for children ages 4 to 9. The company’s products satisfy the need for engaging, language- and system-agnostic designs that allow pre-readers to interface with both on-screen environments and other devices such as educational robots, smart speakers, and other smart devices, and drones.


Soon, the demand for food will surpass what our current systems can supply. Meanwhile, all around the globe, consumers and governments are calling for more sustainable food. At FarmWise, the team harnesses the power of AI to find solutions to this worldwide challenge and help growers thrive in this new farming era.
The company works hand in hand with growers to understand their constraints, address their priorities, and build products that are changing their lives for good. Farming has always required passion and hard work. Covariant is here to merge age-old farming knowledge with the latest technologies to optimize farming processes and reconcile sustainability with growers’ profitability.

Freedom Robotics

Freedom Robotics is the leading provider of software infrastructure for modern robotics companies. Based in San Francisco, California, Freedom Robotics creates mission-critical software infrastructure to enable the next generation of robotics companies to build, operate, support, and scale robots and robotic fleets. Freedom Robotics is platform agnostic and works with any robot and installs in seconds with just one line of code in order to help robotics companies bring their product to market 10x faster with half the resources.


Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety, increase efficiency, and optimize their workforce. The only company exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations, Outrider eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation by deploying zero-emission systems. Outrider is a private company backed by NEA, 8VC, and other top-tier investors.

Refraction AI

Refraction AI builds and deploys robotic platforms for providing safe and scalable last-mile goods delivery in urban areas. The company picks up goods from places like restaurants, pharmacies, and grocery stores and bring them directly to your house, enabling faster, cheaper, and safer delivery to meet customer’s growing expectations.

Robust AI

Robust.AI is a fast-growing early-stage startup founded by an unsurpassed team of veterans in robotics, business, and AI. Current robots are extremely limited, typically relegated to highly controlled environments, unable to function in dynamic, open-ended environments, and poorly equipped to deal with the unexpected. The company is building an industrial-strength cognitive platform — the first of its kind — to enable robots to be smart, collaborative, robust, safe and genuinely autonomous, with applications in a very broad range of verticals from construction and delivery to warehouses and domestic robots

Scaled Robotics

Construction impacts our daily lives in unique ways. The industry shapes the cities we live in, producing the homes we dwell in and the infrastructure that drives our economies. With 200,000 people a day globally moving to urban areas, the industry must respond to some of the biggest challenges of our time, but it is plagued by waste and inefficiency. At Scaled Robotic, the team is applying robotics and machine learning to build new tools that can track, analyze and optimize the construction process

Southie Autonomy

Southie Autonomy makes automation affordable, easy, and flexible by creating a new way to talk with robots. With a tool called The Wand, anyone can tell the robot what to do in under 10 minutes using simple gestures. NO coding, NO programming, just use The Wand! In manufacturing today, automation can be extremely expensive, time-consuming, and often results in a robot doing 1 task. At Southie Autonomy the team cuts these high costs by at least 50%, with no expert coder or complex installation required. Now, your workers can assign a new task to a robot in under 10 minutes versus the 2-8 hours it takes experts.

XACT Robotics

XACT Robotics™ is advancing the field of radiology, pioneering the first hands-free robotic system combining image-based planning and navigation with instrument insertion and steering capabilities to democratize percutaneous interventional procedures. The XACT Robotic System is designed to be compatible with a broad range of imaging modalities, capable of delivering various instruments to the desired target with unprecedented Accuracy, Consistency, and Efficiency. Its small footprint and high mobility features, coupled with its ease of use, enable care providers to treat a broad range of patient care needs in multiple clinical sites of service.
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