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Robotics Factory Scale Residency Opens Application Window

PITTSBURGH — March 27, 2024 — The Robotics Factory, a division of Innovation Works dedicated to creating, accelerating, and scaling robotics companies in the Pittsburgh region, has opened the application for its Scale Residency Program.

The program supports companies at various stages to foster a culture of growth and collaboration and recently accepted a pilot cohort of five innovative startups. Participants gain hands-on support, access to cutting-edge tools, grant funding, rapid prototyping, educational resources, and space in the Tech Forge building in Lawrenceville, part of “Robotics Row.”

Robotics companies are one of the biggest contributors to the growing local economy. According to the 12th annual review of Pittsburgh’s tech investment landscape, hardware and robotics accounted for 68% of the region’s tech investments in 2023, compared to just 39% in 2022.

“Our staff of entrepreneurs has walked in these founders’ shoes, so we know how to make product designs optimal for manufacturing, have connections with local manufacturers, and understand what it takes to scale production,” said Kevin Dowling, Managing Director of the Robotics Factory. “Pittsburgh has developed into a technology hub, and robotics is a huge reason why. We’re seeking applicants that can contribute to that continued growth and make a positive impact as we keep building this community.”

Learn more about the Robotics Factory’s Scale residency program by registering for a virtual information session on Friday, March 29, at 12 p.m. EDT. Applications will be approved monthly until the program reaches capacity; founders can apply here.

About the Robotics Factory

The Robotics Factory is a division of Innovation Works supported by the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, to create, accelerate, and scale robotics companies in the Pittsburgh region. The programs provide entrepreneurs with the capital, tailored mentorship, and manufacturing and robotics resources they need to grow their companies. The Robotics Factory launched in 2023 as 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. Learn more at


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