iRobot Ventures

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iRobot Ventures

About Us

iRobot Ventures supports early-stage companies from across the connected hardware ecosystem that are developing technologies and products of strategic interest to iRobot.

We understand how hard it is to bring a product to market, let alone build a company, and provide more than capital when we invest. We create value for our entrepreneurs by facilitating access to our engineering and operations resources, as well as a network of external service providers, investors, and operators.

In summary, we:

  • Syndicate with top-tier VC firms and corporate investors
  • Do not seek special treatment or control
  • Make investment decisions rapidly
  • Embrace standard terms
  • Provide access to internal and external resources
  • Believe generating strategic and financial returns are not mutually exclusive

Our Focus

iRobot Ventures supports teams that are passionate about using technology to solve hard problems. We invest in applications that are adjacent to our core business or represent new market opportunities, and participate in the early stages of the innovation lifecycle, where we feel we have the most to add. We are geographic agnostic and focused on the following:

  • Consumer technology
  • Service-based business models
  • Recurring revenue streams
  • Cloud services & infrastructure
  • Computer vision
  • Localization & mapping
  • Machine learning & artificial intelligence
  • Robotic mobility & manipulation


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News and Activities

 3/13/19 Matterport Raises $48M to Expand Entry-level 3D Imagery Tool
—Construction Dive
 3/07/19 Jargon Raises $1.8M to Build Conversation Platform for Voice Applications
 2/23/19 On-Demand Grandkids and Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay
—Wall Street Journal
 1/16/19 Sense Uses Machine Learning to Slash Home Energy Consumption
 9/06/18 Prologis and Locix to Unveil Next-gen Warehouse and Logistics Technology at Logis-Tech 2018
 4/04/18 6 River Systems Raises $25 Million Series B to Make Warehouse Fulfillment Easier
2/01/18 Pokémon GO Creator Niantic Buys Escher Reality AR Startup
7/26/17 6 River Systems Raises $15 Million to Meet Growing Customer Demand for its Robotic Collaborative Fulfillment System
7/11/17 Intuition Robotics Raises $14 Million to Build Social Companion Robots for Elderly People
02/14/17 Intuition Robotics Raised $6 Million for its ElliQ Elder Care Assistant Robot
01/11/17 Growing Elderly Population Creates New Opportunities for Technology
— Wall Street Journal
01/05/17 iRobot Invests in a Cambridge ‘Smart Home’ Startup, Sense Labs
— Boston Globe
01/05/17 Sense Brings the Smarts to Smart Home Automation at CES® 2017
— Globe Newswire
03/29/16 6 River Systems Raises $6 Million in VC Financing
— Business Wire
10/26/15 Petnet Raises $4M from Amazon, iRobot and Black River to Expand its Personalized Pet Food Delivery Ecosystem
— Business Wire
01/26/15 Five Things You Should Know About iRobot's New Venture Arm
— Boston Business Journal - Davis Harris
01/23/15 The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop
— TechCrunch - Jonathan Shieber
11/03/14 Paracosm Secures 3.3M in Seed Funding
— Paracosm