Denmark is well represented in Europe’s largest acceleration program for robot technology companies, RobotUnion. Four out of the 20 seats in the program have been conquered by Danish companies – and three of them are from Odense.
The four Danish startups are behind ideas that span from a robot that measures intestines for sausages to a robotic glove that can give people back strength in their fingers after suffering a stroke, for example.
Each of the 20 chosen companies will now receive 3.800 Euro to the first phase. After that an elimination race starts, where the companies can ultimately receive up to 223.000 Euros for product and business development and access to technological development support from European technology centers. The four companies, which perform the best, can receive an additional 1 million Euro in external venture funding.
“Danish robotic companies are great at incorporating business into their products, which have paid off as RobotUnion searches for the projects with the greatest potential for scaling. The target is to create new, big robotic companies in Europe”, says Technology Manager Thomas Sølund from Danish Technological Institute.
Denmark is already known for being amongst the leaders in the development and combination of new robot technology with business. The most well-known example is the Odense-based company Universal Robots, which was acquired by the American company Teradyne for €253 million in 2015. And this spring, the Odense-based company MiR (Mobile Industrial Robots) was also acquired for €222 million.
Denmark is also a key player in the big EU-acceleration project, where some of the mane partners are Odense Municipality, MADE and Danish Technological Institute.
The four Danish companies, which have become a part of RobotUnion are…
Proxima Centauri IVS – from Odense
The company develops a robot for measuring and sorting intestines for sausages. Today, the skin on every sausage sold in the Western World is a minimum six months old, because the intestines are measured and sorted in China. Proxima wants to move this process to Europe by introducing their robot-based grading system for piglets.
Smooth Robotics – from Odense
The company develops a control system, which makes it quicker and easier to use welding robots – without doing any programming. By using custom made joysticks and the newest sensor technology welding processes can be changed in less than 10 minutes.
Tendo – from Odense
The company develops a robotic glove, which by intelligent sensors can help a person grab, hold and deliver an object. The glove makes it possible for elderly and people with weak hands, caused by illness or accident, to live more independently.
Cliin ApS – from Søborg
The company develops a robot for cleaning large ships. Cleaning today is costly, which is why there is a huge economic potential in using robots for processes that are currently exclusively performed manually.
See the full list of European companies, which have won access to RobotUnion here.