Posted on
September 30, 2022

Top 10 Robotics VC Investors

Maximilian Fleitmann
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This is a list of top 10 robotics venture capital investors who are providing early-stage investment opportunities in technology and companies that are reinventing the workplace, changing materials, and advancing precision manufacturing.

Top 10 Robotics Venture Capital Firms

1. DCVC

DCVC-VC-Robotics

DCVC backs entrepreneurs using Deep Tech to solve problems and multiply the benefits of capitalism for everyone while reducing its cost. Deep Tech is a potent approach to this challenge that enables more for less - now and for this century. The transformative companies in their portfolio combine the latest advances in science and technology with unique compute and algorithmic advantage, reducing CAPEX and OPEX.

Website: www.dcvc.com

Founded: 2011

Total fund size: $1.6B

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B

Sector: IT, Privacy and Security, Enterprise, Health Care, AI, Life Sciences, Deep Tech, Software, Analytics

Ticket Size: $ 5M - $ 25M

Investment Geography: Agnostic (Global)

DCVC's most notable exits include Uber, Zoom, and Elastic.

2. Lux Capital

Lux Capital-VC-Robotics

Lux Capital Management manages of $4 billion in assets focused on founding, seed, early-stage, and growth investments in the physical, material and life sciences. Lux takes an active role in helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses in high growth sectors. Its investment team has built over 20 companies from scratch. Lux's investment strategy ensures our portfolio companies are better connected, have a deeper insight, and command industry leadership faster than their competitors.

Website: www.luxcapital.com

Founded: 2000

Total fund size: $3.9B

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B

Sector: Hardware, Enterprise, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Electronics, VR/AR, Gaming, B2C

Ticket Size: $ 50K - $ 50M

Investment Geography: United States, Canada

Lux Capital's most notable exits include Science 37, Rigetti Computing, and Senti Biosciences.

3. Ventures | Micron Technology, Inc

Ventures Micron Technology, Inc-VC-Robotics

Micron manufactures DRAM components and modules and NAND Flash. For more than 30 years, Micron’s teams of dreamers, visionaries, and scientists have redefined innovation—designing and building some of the world’s most advanced memory and semiconductor technologies. They develop the technologies that transform what's possible.

In fact, you likely use their memory every day—in products from computing, networking, and server applications, to mobile, embedded, consumer, automotive, and industrial designs. As one of the most prolific patent holders in the world they continually rethink, recast, and advance new ideas to bring innovation to broader markets and find ways their technology can inspire new applications or make fundamental improvements to existing designs. Their roots are in memory, the core strength of their business. As they look toward the future, they’ll continue to build on their past achievements by leveraging the synergies between their core memory business and diversified products and technologies that help drive innovation and growth in new markets.

Website: www.micron.com

Founded: 1978

Total fund size: $50.4M

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A

Sector: Hardware, Manufacturing

Ticket Size: $ 100K - $ 10M

Micron Technology has had 2 exits. Micron Technology's most notable exits include Link_A_ Media and Siimpel Corporation.

4. HAX

HAX-VC-Robotics

HAX is a venture capital-based program dedicated to accelerating startups with a hardware element. Their program operates across two locations, San Francisco and Shenzhen, giving founders the resources necessary to move with lightning speed.

Teams accepted into the program will focus on rapid iteration of prototyping in many forms. This includesphysical models, technology iterations, user interaction studies, volumetric studies, marketing messaging, business plans and launch strategies. With the help of HAX’s full-time staff, mentors, partners, and startup community, they’ll also work with you on developing a scalable business plan.

As teams are ready to take their product to market, they’ll head to San Francisco to work with HAX on business development, fundraising, and growth. This stage emphasizes introductions to corporates, investors, partners and press. It also focuses on helping teams secure their first round of funding, as well as gain first-revenue and partnership traction.

HAX is an SOSV program. SOSV is a global venture capital firm that operates startup venture programs around the world. SOSV had more than 1,000 portfolio companies and $950 million in assets under management.

Website: www.hax.co

Founded: 2011

Total fund size: $7.6M

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A

Sector: Hardware, Manufacturing

Ticket Size: $ 100K - $ 10M

Investment Geography: Agnostic (Global)

HAX's most notable exits include Riot Games, Roadie, and AiSight.

5. Toyota Ventures

Toyota Ventures-VC-Robotics

Toyota Ventures is a San Francisco Bay Area-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage startups from around the world. Founded in July 2017, its mission is to discover what’s next for Toyota by helping startups bring disruptive technologies and business models to market quickly. With more than $500 million in assets under management, the firm’s funds include the Toyota Ventures Frontier Fund focused on artificial intelligence, cloud computing, autonomy, mobility, robotics, smart cities, digital health, financial technologies, materials, and energy; and the Toyota Ventures Climate Fund focused on innovative solutions for carbon neutrality.

Website: www.toyota.ventures

Founded: 2017

Total fund size: $500M

Toyota Ventures's most notable exits include Bipi, Skip Scooters, and Ziva Dynamics.

6. Playground Global

Playground Global-VC-Robotics

Playground is an early-stage investment firm that helps old and new investors and entrepreneurs working at the intersection of bits, atoms, and AI. It focuses on investment, innovation, connected hardware, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Playground was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Website: www.playground.global

Founded: 2015

Total fund size: $808M

Stage: Series A, Series B

Sector: Financial Services

Playground Global's most notable exits include Velo3D, eero, and Essential.

7. FoundersX Ventures

FoundersX Ventures-VC-Robotics

FoundersX Ventures is a cross-stage venture capital firm with strong focus on AI and data analytics as growth engine across industries in both consumer and enterprise markets, including future mobility and robotics, digital healthcare, smart logistics, cybersecurity, FinTech and Edtech. The investment team has a unique combination of deep-domain knowledge in frontier tech and extensive experience in product development and operation. The company has invested in over 20 fast-growing tech companies.

Website: www.foundersxventures.com

Founded: 2016

Total fund size: $8.6M

FoundersX Ventures's most notable exits include Palamedrix, ClearAccessIP, and Headstart.

8. Shasta Ventures

Shasta Ventures-VC-Robotics

Shasta is an early-stage venture capital firm with over a billion dollars under management. Shasta has a 15-year track record of investing in groundbreaking startups like Anaplan, Zuora, Nest, Turo, Nextdoor, SendBird, Tonal, Lattice, Glint, Highspot and hundreds more.

Shasta now invests in innovative series A enterprise startups in sectors likeSaaS, cybersecurity, infrastructure, data intelligence and camera vision. By focusing just on these sectors, we can dive deeper to produce better outcomes. Our investment in Shasta Elevate gives enterprise founders the playbook, tools and support they need to scale faster.

Website: www.shasta.vc

Founded: 2004

Total fund size: $1.7B

Stage: Series A, Series B

Sector: IoT

Ticket Size: $ 300M

Shasta Ventures's most notable exits include Zuora, Recurve, and Anaplan.

9. Asimov Ventures

Asimov Ventures-VC-Robotics

Asimov Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York City and Seattle. Asimov Ventures invests in their areas of expertise: 3D Printing and Robotics. When Asimov Ventures is lucky enough to meet founders in relentless pursuit of opportunity, their hope is that they will choose them as a partner.

Website: www.asimovventures.com

Founded: 2015

Asimov Ventures's most notable exits include Additive Orthopaedics and Collider.

10. Octopus Ventures

Octopus Ventures-VC-Robotics

For the people and ideas that will change the world, because we believe you can build a better tomorrow by investing in it.

We can back you at every stage of your journey, from ideas on a page through to IPO. Each year we deploy more than £200 million across five areas where we see maximum potential for impact: health, fintech, deep tech, consumer and B2B software. With many years of experience and expertise investing in each of these areas, our team can help our portfolio companies scale at speed.

For us, investment is about more than money. Being truly invested is about giving time, energy and focus; working with founders to give them the best chance of success. It means a shared commitment to solving the big problems that matter.

We’ve backed the likes of ManyPets, Cazoo, Depop, Elvie and WaveOptics, while others have gone on to join forces with the world’s largest businesses.

We are based in London and New York with a network of partners across the U.S and Asia.

Website: www.octopusventures.com

Founded: 2008

Total fund size: $1.2B

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B

Sector: Consumer, Deep Tech, Health Care, Financial Services

Ticket Size: $ 350K - $ 14M

Investment Geography: United States, Europe, United Kingdom

Octopus Ventures's most notable exits include Glofox, Cazoo, and Digital Shadows.

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