Our April 2015 Robotics Summit brought together over 100 attendees from industry and academia to state and government/military representatives. The summit was kicked off by Kaigham Gabriel, President & CEO of Draper Laboratory sharing his thoughts on breakthrough innovation teams: performing in Pasteur’s Quadrant à the intersection of a science/technology inflection point and a driving application.
Our keynote was followed by a diverse Industry Panel of thought leaders who discussed current and future robotic applications – more specifically smart factory automation and industrial IoT, autonomous vehicles and medical/surgical technology. The group was moderated by Linda Thayer, Partner at Finnegan and longtime supporter of the MassTLC Robotics Cluster.
After a short networking break, Christina Chase, Entrepreneur in Residents for the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, engaged in a Fireside Chat with Arron Acosta, young entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Rise Robotics. They discussed the challenges startups face in gaining access to funding. Arron walked thru his efforts in the hopes that he could help provide lessons learned to others in similar situations.
There was no lack of audience participation and questions on the topic of investor funding for robotics technology and companies!
Christina then moderated a panel of investors with diverse business models and investment criteria.
James Geshwiler has a few words of advice for Arron.
Thank you to all who attended and participated in our lively discussion. A special thanks to our summit sponsors:
As well as our Cluster Sponsor: