Tell briefly about your product incl. how did you start? How will your product help the end-user?
Robotic Sport Solutions (RSS) was founded in April 2015 with focus on Tennis. We quickly realize that there is a much bigger case in golf. RSS makes robotic systems, which increase the efficiency during recurring maintenance tasks within sports. RSS’ robotic systems provide financial benefits as well as make sports training and playing more efficient and enjoyable.
What are the international perspective – Advantages when starting up in Odense/Denmark? Network, technology, etc?
The Robot Startup Hub strengthens RSS’ competitiveness in several ways.
The program lasts between 6-24 months and its dedicated for robotic startup companies. The aim of the program is to develop the company by finalizing the prototyping and testing phases, developing the business case, and help the company securing an initial seed capital investment. By that, preparing the company for more independent market penetration upon completion of the program.
Since RSS develops robots for automation in sports (the golf industry), it was natural for us to apply to the program. As a part of the Robot Startup Hub, RSS receives office facilities, access to the workshops and development area within the Robotic Centre. We will be also in close relation to the already located companies working there, having the great opportunity to share relevant knowledge, experience and network.
Besides the environmental benefits, we apply for a voucher for the sum of app. DKK 150.000 until the end of 2016, for consultations with the robotic experts, patent attorneys or other skilled people within the hub. This is realized in form of a “klippekort” which we can use to hire a certain expert in the desired field, which we are looking for a consultancy or advising in. We will plan the utilization of the “klippekort” according to the development progress.
How has it benefitted your startup to be part of Odense Robotics Startup Hub?
So far we get ALL the help we need whether is is within business development, technical aspects or simply cash to by key components.
What has it been like to go from university to ‘real life’ business?
To our advantage, we can say that the environment at the Business Academy (Aarhus) has been very preparing to the ‘real life’. So it was a rather smooth transition.
What does the future look like for your company? Growing, time frame, number of employees, will you stay in DK, etc?
We expect to finish prototyping before 2017, commercialize by April 17′ and grow gradually. We aim to stay in DK and grow our head count to 7-9 within 3 years.
Do you have any fun/different facts that you would like to share?
“At the Hub. If you dare to ask for it, you will get it!”