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Ottonomy Closes $3.3 Million Seed Round Led by pi Ventures and Announces Ottobot 2.0

  • Leading autonomous robotics delivery startup Ottonomy.IO, launches Ottobot 2.0, the latest version of its fully autonomous robot: accessible, scalable and modular.

  • Alongside existing investor, Connetic Ventures, with deep ties to the CPG/Retail space, Deeptech fund pi Ventures, and New York based, Hospitality and Food Service Technology focused Branded Hospitality Ventures are newcomers to this round.

  • Founded in late 2020 by Ritukar Vijay, Pradyot KorupoluAshish Gupta and Hardik Sharma, Ottonomy.IO provides fully autonomous robots for airports, curbsides and last mile deliveries of F&B, retail and eCommerce packages.

Ottonomy.IO has announced the close of their seed funding round of $3.3 million bringing its total funding to date to $4.9M; supporting the scale of Ottobots for fully autonomous airport, retail and restaurant deliveries. The funding round is led by Pi Ventures who back deep tech startups. Connetic Ventures and Branded Hospitality Ventures and the Founder & CEO of Addverb Technologies, Sangeet Kumar, also joined this round; making the group a dynamic mix from retail, food and robotics industry investors for Ottonomy’s seed round.

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“Last mile delivery is the least productive, yet the most expensive part of the delivery chain. There is a strong need for automation, which Ottonomy fulfills with Ottobots,” says Roopan Aulakh, Managing Director from pi Ventures. “Ottobots are equipped with a sophisticated tech stack both at hardware and AI level. The founding team here brings years of multi-functional robotics experience, reflecting in the world class product that they have built and commercialized.”

Earlier this year, Ottonomy’s robots “Ottobots” became the world’s first autonomous robots to deliver food, beverage and travel retail items at airports. Ottobot 2.0 evolved from early pilots to include fully customizable modular cabins, increased access for customers and directional mobility, including crab mode.

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“The team and I have been deeply vested into autonomous driving for more than a decade. We believe fully autonomous delivery robots are not only a precursor to autonomous vehicle proliferation but are solving today’s biggest challenges like – the labor shortage; enabling staff to do more with less,” says Co-founder and CEO, Ritukar Vijay. “Introducing Ottobot 2.0, we are bringing best in class maneuverability, accessibility and modularity to our fully autonomous robots; which sets us ahead of our competition.”

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With strong customer validation and positive response from customers at Cincinnati International Airport (CVG), the company has started partnerships with multiple airports across the US and Europe. In addition to expanding its curbside and last mile delivery technology advances, the company is involved with top Fortune 500 corporations in the retail and restaurants industry across North America for wide adoption.

The award-winning robotics company has successfully completed pilots at the Newlab 5G Studio in New York using Verizon’s 5G networks, making a huge leap in capability to deploy large fleets and increasing its footprint across North AmericaEurope and the Middle East.

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