Supporting Partners

Robotics Mission is run by entrepreneurs in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board, UK Trade & Investment, The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group, the UK Science & Innovation Network and private sector supporters creating a unique blend of networks, insight and market access.


Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Their goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. This Mission is consistent with the TSB corporate strategy of Concept to Commercialisation.

UK Trade & Investment
UK Trade and Investment
is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports.

mission is to connect digital businesses and their people. The company was founded in 1996 around the digital marketing community and now reaches over 30,000 people in the UK. Chinwag produces numerous events, trade missions and conferences including the world’s first conference on applied behaviour science, Chinwag Psych. In 2008 Chinwag pioneered the Digital Mission series, designed to help highly-innovative, fast-growing technology companies expand internationally. Since then, we’ve run 14 missions and worked with over 250 of the world’s leading technology companies, bringing together startups, governments, investors and multi-national corporates. http://chinwag.comhttp://digital-mission.org

Maritime Alliance
The Maritime Alliance (TMA) promotes sustainable, science-based ocean industries. As the recognised organiser of the San Diego maritime technology industry cluster, TMA promotes BlueTech & Blue Jobs by focusing on economic development, ecosystem development and national & international outreach. TMA advocates for the BlueTech industry on behalf of its membership; supports the continued growth and greater awareness of the important Blue Economy; encourages the region to develop a Blue Vision and to find and raise a common Blue Voice.

With expertise and world leaders in many industry segments,TMA is pleased to host a Maritime Robotics afternoon for visiting international companies. The “Introduction to Innovation in Maritime Robotics and Unmanned Systems” will present world leaders in ROV manufacture, software and peripherals development, and bleeding edge technology. Companies will range from start-ups with fewer than five employees to some of the world’s largest defence contractors. A list of individual companies and agencies will be available in early June.


AUVSI San Diego
AVUSI San Diego

AUVSI San Diego is the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. Serving 7,500+ members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and robotic technologies. AUVSI members support defense, civil and commercial sectors.
AUVSI provides opportunities for information exchange, networking and business development and is the best resource for simply learning about unmanned systems and robotics or for staying abreast of the latest program and technology updates.

Brain Corporation
Brain Corporation
Meet the company creating the next generation of programmable robotic brain stems.

“Brain Corporation is a pioneer in developing novel algorithms based on the functionality of the nervous system, with applications in visual perception, motor control, and autonomous navigation. We build and improve devices and consumer robots that can sense their environments, make decisions, take actions, and learn.Brain Corporation employs some of the world’s leading experts in computational neuroscience to build sophisticated and efficient models of the brain.”

PARC Research, a Xerox company
“PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.”

Squire Sanders
Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s strongest integrated legal practices. With 44 offices in 21 countries, the firm is renowned for its local connections and global influence, delivering comprehensive legal services across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. With expertise spanning all key sectors, the firm is also known for its preeminent public policy practice and deep-rooted relationships in Washington DC and Brussels. For more information, visit

SRI International, Menlo Park
SRI International is a nonprofit, independent research and innovation centre serving government and industry. We provide basic and applied research, laboratory and advisory services, technology development and licenses, deployable systems, products, and venture opportunities.
“Our research and innovations have led to new industries and products that impact people’s lives every day—from the computer mouse and interactive computing to medical ultrasound, cancer drugs, and much more.
SRI works on some of the world’s most important problems, collaborating across technical disciplines to spark new ideas and solutions. We believe in open innovation, bringing the best talent to the challenge at hand.”

Precise automation
 Precise Automation

Precise Automation is an innovative robotics company specializing in compact robotic controllers and unique robots.  Precise created the world’s first collaborative SCARA robot, the PreciseFlex 400 robot (PF400), based on decades of robot development experience in industrial robots.  Collaborative robots are mechanisms that can be safely used in a mixed environment of people and robots with no need for safety barriers.  All of the forces generated by the PF400 are limited so that the robot cannot hurt a user even if it collides with them at full speed, making the PF400 safe to operate side-by-side with personnel.  In fact, after careful evaluation by our customers, hundreds of PF400’s are in daily use in applications without safety barriers and validated by a third party safety certification company.  The PF400 represents a significant step forward in flexible, adaptable mixed manufacturing environments.

Intuitive surgical

Intuitive surgical

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) is the global technology leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. The Company’s da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to operate minimally invasively through a few small incisions or the belly button from a nearby ergonomic console. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result of this technology, da Vinci enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control. – See more here.

Silicon Valley Robotics Community
“Silicon Valley Robotics promotes the innovation and commercialisation of robotics technologies. We are a newly formed non-profit business association.”
They are one of the largest, most exciting robotics clusters in the world and will be hosting some great events and opportunities throughout the year.

Ekso Bionics
Ekso Bionics – Exoskeleton Manufacturer in Oakland.
“Since 2005, Ekso Bionics™ has been pioneering the field of robotic exoskeletons to augment human strength, endurance and mobility. We are committed to applying the latest technology and engineering to help people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable.”

We love Hardware.
Highway1 is part of PCH, a global supply chain company. We’re been working with Fortune 500 companies for over 15 years. PCH is also known for bringing startups like littleBits and Lark to market. Now we want to use that expertise to help younger companies get ready for production and their first round of funding.
Our four month program supplies you with:
• A dedicated staff of experienced engineers ­
• An inside view into the supply chain infrastructure in Southern China
• An education in manufacturing, supply chain, and distribution as well as project and business management, finance, and strategy
• Office & shop space for mechanical & electrical prototyping
• Mentorship and guidance from across the tech sector
• Seed Funding of $50,000 in return for 4-7% equity
We’re looking for small teams that want to build hardware companies for the long term.
If this describes you, let us know.

3D Robotics
3D Robotics develops innovative, flexible and reliable personal drones and UAV technology for everyday exploration and business applications.
“3DR’s UAV platforms capture breathtaking aerial imagery for consumer enjoyment and data analysis, enabling mapping, surveying, 3D modeling and more. Our technology is currently used across multiple industries around the world, including agriculture, photography, construction, search and rescue and ecological study. 3DR is committed to bringing the power of UAV technology to the mainstream market.”

Investor pitching session with O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures

O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) is in the business of funding disruptors, innovators, and hackers of the status quo. Along with their partner, O’Reilly Media, they invest in the “alpha geeks” who explore technology for the fun of it. These relationships drive their investment themes at OATV, spanning data, Makers, the new networks of things, quantified self and the industrial internet. They are both excited and privileged to help entrepreneurs take the world from where it is today to where it should be tomorrow.


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