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Innovators and graduate students will have a chance to showcase their work, and be immersed in the work of other innovators at Automate 2015 this week.  The show, taking place in Chicago,  is presented by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and showcases trends and technology in the future of automation and features more than 300 exhibitors.

Eight start-up companies were chosen as finalists in Automate’s Launch Pad Startup competition to present a three-minute pitch to a panel of investors and automation experts for a grand prize of $10,000.  Meanwhile, three graduate students enrolled in the Master of Science in Robotics program at Northwestern University were chosen to cover the event on behalf of RoboticsTomorrow and will be given full press credentials. 

Professor Jarvis Schultz said in a press release, “I’m really excited that these MSR students get a chance to participate in this venture. The Automate show represents a wonderful opportunity for them to experience the latest in automation technologies and it provides a chance to see some real-world applications of their coursework.”  

The eight Launch Pad finalists come from all over the world and include:

  • +Mfg LLC – Edgewood, Ky.
  • Modbot – San Francisco, Calif.
  • OptoForce – Szekesfehervar, Hungary
  • Rational Robotics – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Soft Robotics – Cambridge, Mass.
  • TAG Optics – Princeton, NJ
  • TallyNinja – Elgin, Ill.
  • Tempo Automation - San Francisco, Calif.

These start-ups were each founded in the last five years, have raised less than $2 million since formation and are not associated with a larger group.

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