Industrial robots have a vast scope of application. Their complex motion patterns make their programming so time-consuming, however, that their use is frequently not economical. The KIT spin-off ArtiMinds Robotics has developed a software that makes the programming of robots considerably faster and more intuitive. We have interviewed the ArtiMinds team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.
The advent season rings in the end of a year – a good time to “decelerate” everyday life and to indulge in a review of the past year. We look back at the lovely, collective, and educational events of 2015.
KITcrowd – Crowdfunding for startups
As part of the Founders Forge, the KIT already offers students and scientific employees a wide array of offerings for startup promotion, for instance with consulting, coaching, and seminars. In March, we launched the KIT crowdfunding platform KITcrowd in order to offer KIT founders an additional financing opportunity. Since the launch of the platform, six startup projects and startups have presented themselves. Three of these were successful and able to advance their ideas. More about KITcrowd
A motive for KIT startup teams at upCAT
Twice a year, prospective founders have the opportunity to intensely work on their startup at the KIT accelerator upCAT. An initial idea develops into a concrete business model in three months – supported by entrepreneurial know-how, coaches, and mentors. The Demo Day in March was a complete success. All teams were able to excite the audience of investors and network partners and received valuable feedback on their business cases. On December 7th, 2014, the next round of upCAT will begin! More about the program
The four founders of ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH have managed to receive three back-to-back awards in the fan city of Karlsruhe. The business, which was founded in August 2013, has been a pioneer in the field of robotics for some time. With their intuitive robot programming for production machines in the industry, the ArtiMinds team has already cleaned up numerous prizes since the startup.
The business scored its latest success at Robot Launch 2015. At the international competition for robot technologies, organized in Silicon Valley, the KIT team from the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion) was able to prevail against its competitors in the category ‘Best European Startup’. ArtiMinds was the only German team nominated for the finals and won one of the coveted prizes on 09/18/2015.
Just one week before this, another competition was decided in favor of ArtiMinds. The team is among the new winners of the national WECONOMY-Awards 2015. The renowned startup prize is offered by the Wissensfabrik, UnternehmerTUM, and the Handelsblatt. In addition to nine other startups from all around Germany, the Karlsruhe team was selected by a jury and will now be coached and funded for one year.
In addition to these two competitive awards, ArtiMinds, with its “Robot Programming for Dummies”, was selected among the top 25 of the hottest startups in Germany by the HORIZONT magazine. Encouraged by this, too, ArtiMinds continues to expand and strengthen its team. We congratulate ArtiMinds on these successes and will continue to follow the path of these four young founders.