With four-year support from the EDA, the Robotics Factory will further develop a globally prominent robotics ecosystem in the Pittsburgh region.
The Robotics Factory, an array of robotics programs led by Innovation Works and the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, is a part of the $63 million Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative. The Robotics Factory will create, accelerate and scale robotics startups in the Pittsburgh region.
The Create program will drive innovation to meet industry demands by bringing entrepreneurs, technology experts, and researchers together with specific industry experts to define existing and emerging problems and identify solutions.
The Accelerate program is an opportunity for up to six pre-seed robotics startups to receive up to $100,000 in funding from IW, mentorship, and resources to take their company to the next stage of growth.Applyregister for our information session
The Scale program provides expertise in product prototypes and services to help startups develop production-ready products. The program provides in-house design for manufacturing, supply chain management, prototyping assistance, and access to the region's expansive manufacturing resources.
The Robotics Factory will further the region's efforts to grow robotics startups and link them to industry and manufacturing capabilities. What captured the attention of the EDA and made the Southwestern Pennsylvania application stand out for the competitive Build Back Better grant was the region's cohesive approach to building the workforce and capabilities of robotics industries.
Not only will the Robotics Factory programs address existing problems experienced by industries that can be solved using robotics and automation solutions, we will also provide the resources and funding that are so critical to emerging companies. Together, the Robotics Factory Create, Accelerate and Scale programs will be dynamic additions to one of the regions most important economic engines.