Reach Robotics win accelerator funding

REACT Alumni company Reach Robotics accepted onto the prestigious Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars in San Diego

We’re delighted to share that REACT Alumni Silas Adekunle and his digital-physical gaming company, Reach Robotics, have been accepted onto the prestigious Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars in San Diego.

Techstars write, “these startups are representative of the tremendously talented entrepreneurs creating the future of robotics. In this class, the companies are creating commercial and consumer robots, new robot-enabling technologies, and the infrastructure for a robot powered economy”

Silas, a PM Studio resident, was awarded REACT Prototype Funding in 2014 to develop MechaMonsters, the world’s first gaming robots that battle each other and are controlled through smartphone or tablet. Working with computer game researcher Seth Giddings (UWE Bristol) the company explored the balance between technology and user experience, focusing on the human experience of interaction.  

Silas went on to collaborate with Dr Esther MacCallum-Stewart, a Research Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE as part of our Play Sandbox. Mighty Minis are a series of toys that use collectible objects which respond to a user’s physical activity and translate them to the growth of a dynamic online character. The emphasis is on getting children away from the screen and focusing on physical activity and play in the real world.  

The company are part of REACT’s Alumni Scheme, working with REACT and Station 12 to develop their company, project and continue to work with Esther on their research collaboration.

Reach Robotics will now spend until mid-September taking part in the accelerator programme in TechStars' first ever dedicated robotics cohort of just 10 companies from around the world.

Image credits Reach Robotics

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