One technique for illustrating robotics macro trends and uncovering novel technological innovations, as well as surfacing easily overlooked business opportunities, is to rigorously analyze sector investment, a key indicator of an active market and the unambiguous affirmation of the commercial viability of individual companies. Both end-user companies and solutions providers (partnership, investment, acquisition, etc.) can benefit from a formal analysis of robotics funding developments.
This report examines 2017 Venture Capital (VC) and private sector investment into robotics companies worldwide. In the study, what constitutes a robotics company is formally defined. ‘Investors’ included private and VC firms, corporate investment groups, angel investors, and other sources. Crowdfunding sources, friends-and-family investments, government agency grants, and unverified funding were excluded from this report. 2016 and earlier investment trends are included to illustrate investment level and funding target changes. The report contains statically measurable qualities, attributes, and rankings that provide for meaningful interpretation and speak to robotics business development, particularly for new commercial launches. It also highlights technologies and applications that have found commercial success or has the potential for doing so, without the overuse of domain-specific, technology-heavy, language.