New backers for wireless charging startup in $5.7m deal

June 12, 2020 // By Nick Flaherty
New backers for wireless charging startup in $5.7m deal
WiBotic in the US has raised $5.7m for its industrial wireless charging technology from a new set of investors

WiBotic in Seattle has raised $5.7m for its wireless charging technology. The Series A funding comes from a new set of investors led by Junson Capital, SV Tech Ventures, Rolling Bay Ventures and Aves Capital, along with existing backers The W Fund and WRF Capital.

WiBotic is a spin off from the University of Washington,  develops off-the-shelf hardware and software wireless charging systems for industrial robots, UAVs and marine robots. It’s wireless charging is more resilient and reliable than contact-based systems and helps simplify charging logistics and reduce maintenance costs. Robots and drones can connect to power with greater accuracy, improving productivity.

One system for wireless charging UAVs uses power devices from GaN Systems and Vicor:

“WiBotic will use the Series A funding to accelerate the company’s growth, expand our sales team, advance hardware and software engineering, and fulfil increased customer demand,” said Ben Waters, CEO of WiBotic. “Our mission is to power the world of autonomous systems. By providing mission-critical technologies for autonomous charging and fleet energy management, we help organizations quickly scale-up robotic fleets, improve robot uptime while reducing recurring charging and maintenance costs. Our successful Series A funding accelerates our innovation and growth to ensure we lead the charge in powering autonomous systems.”

“WiBotic provides highly reliable wireless power solutions and really understands the complexities associated with managing hundreds or thousands of batteries in a fleet that all need to get charged up,” said Geoff Entress, Series A investor and Managing Director at Rolling Bay Ventures. “This is a market that’s well positioned for growth. According to ABI Research’s recent Commercial and Industrial Robotics market data report, the robotics market is projected to hit a market valuation of $277bn by 2030. This is driving increased demand for wireless charging technology that works seamlessly, with minimal human intervention. We’re optimistic about WiBotic’s vision and

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