WAKU Robotics closes 1.5M Seed Investment Round
WAKU Robotics closes 1.5M Seed Investment Round
- Schauenburg Ventures, Pi Labs VC from London, and Franz Humer investing in the future of logistics
- Proceeds will be used to accelerate the development of WAKU Sense, the software that empowers robot operators in different industries
London/Düsseldorf/Berlin/Dresden, 03.08.2022: Schauenburg Ventures; Pi Labs, a London based PropTech VC; as well as Franz Humer (founder of Agilox) join Plug and Play, Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS), BITO Campus, and Hans-Jürgen Cramer on WAKU’s journey to revolutionize the logistics industry using mobile robots.
Founded in late 2019, WAKU Robotics is building software for the future of logistics. With WAKU Sense, robot operators are able to efficiently work side-by-side with mobile robots. WAKU Sense is the performance cockpit for mobile robots, maximizing the utilization of each robot and ensuring seamless operation of the fleet. With this vendor-agnostic solution, WAKU Sense is powering the multi-fleet operations of the future.
Victor Splittgerber, CEO and Founder of WAKU Robotics says:
“Robots are becoming the future workforce in logistics. With WAKU Sense, we are empowering human operators to ensure seamless operations of such fleets. WAKU Sense supports clients through this revolutionary transition to even greater warehouse automation.”
“WAKU Robotics combines an urgently required solution to drive automation across industries with a great team of engaged and experienced entrepreneurs. We are looking forward to working together”, says Malvine Komorek, Investment Manager of Schauenburg Ventures.
WAKU’s current clients and development partners are international industry-leading logistics and e-commerce companies, as well as warehouse and manufacturing providers. These also make use of WAKU’s market intelligence and independent robot comparison platform “LotsOfBots.com”.
Franz Humer, Founder of Agilox, a leading producer of Autonomous Mobile Robots, who also participated in this round, says: "This is incredible. WAKU Sense is the first platform able to orchestrate different AMR / AGV vendors without threatening the vendor's own fleet or swarm intelligence strengths. WAKU Sense brings all robots to one visualization and integrates sensors, forklifts, and humans into the system. WAKU Sense is already connected to many vendors and many technologies (like JSON/REST, VDA5050, MassRobotics, and many more). This software is amazing for operators that have to work with more than one vendor on the same shop floor”.
“We’re excited to be backed by strong investors and looking forward to leading the fast-growing robotics market. These funds will be used to scale the development and commercialization of WAKU Sense,” says Sander Nijssen, Co-Founder of WAKU Robotics.
About WAKU Robotics
Founded in 2019, WAKU Robotics develops software solutions for the future of logistics and manufacturing. With WAKU Sense, the company offers a global robotic platform that connects robot devices from different vendors. WAKU Sense analyzes and controls mobile robots to ensure operational excellence.
With over 300 robots on LotsOfBots.com, the company also provides the largest comparison website for industrial mobile robots in different industries. Industry-leading companies use LotsOfBots.com to select the best robot solution for their needs.
About Schauenburg Ventures
SCHAUENBURG Ventures is a strategic family equity investor that invests in profitable, established industrial companies and promising tech ventures. SCHAUENBURG Ventures invests constructively in market leaders in technological niche markets and grows them together. They offer many years of experience, management know-how, and supportive networks.
About Pi Labs
Pi Labs from London is Europe’s first and most active proptech-focused VC having built a global portfolio of 50+ companies since its launch in 2015. The firm is committed to backing the next generation of entrepreneurs by investing in pre-seed to Series A early-stage ventures that are shaping the future of our world. Visit Pi Labs: pilabs.co.uk
TGFS - Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen is an early-stage VC fund targeting high-tech startups with strong growth potential. The fund invests in ventures located in Saxony, Germany, Europe’s leading cluster for robotics. The team has invested in more than 120 companies so far, including more than 40 investments from the current fund.
About Plug and Play
Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, it has built accelerator programs, corporate innovation services, and an in-house VC to make technological advancement progress faster than ever before. Since its inception in 2006, its programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in over 30 locations globally, giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. Successful portfolio exits include Honey, Danger, Rappi, Dropbox, Lending Club, and PayPal. For more information, visit https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/
About BITO CAMPUS
BITO CAMPUS is the corporate VC of BITO-Lagertechnik, a well-known SME in the field of intralogistics. BITO CAMPUS has built a portfolio of 10+ Startups and focuses on early-stage ventures within the logistics sector. For more information, visit https://www.bito-campus.de/en/startups/venture-capital/
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