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ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) has invested over $150 million into leading industrial technology and energy companies across the world. Investments range from $1 million up to $20 million.
Founded in 2013 out of the Whitesides Research Group at Harvard University, Soft Robotics is enabling a new level of robotic adaptability with its proprietary gripper technology. A single end-of-arm tool can now handle an unprecedented range of objects without the need for tool changes or software modifications between cycles. Soft Robotics has demonstrated the ability to grasp fresh produce, electronic components, consumer goods, and clothing, among other objects, all with a single device. This disruptive capability addresses unmet needs in existing markets and unlocks new markets for cost-effective automated solutions.
Location: Cambridge, MA
Co-investors: Material Impact Fund (North Bridge Ventures), Haiyin Capital, Taylor Foods
PointGrab is an Israeli company, headquartered in Tel Aviv with an US subsidiary.
PointGrab’s flagship CogniPoint™ solution, is an edge-analytics sensor for the home and building automation markets. Based on deep-learning technology, the CogniPoint sensor provides users with real-time critical and actionable data about occupants’ activity in a building to save energy, use space efficiently and increase the safety and security of all building occupants.
PointGrab is winner of the Home and Building Automation Innovation and Excellence Award by Corporate LiveWire.
Location: Tel Aviv, IL
Co-investors: EcoMachines, Flex, Saar Wilf
Vicarious is a breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) company building a unified algorithmic architecture to achieve human-level intelligence in vision, language, and motor control. Currently, the company is focused on visual perception problems such as recognition, segmentation, and scene parsing. Using inductive biases drawn from neuroscience, the Vicarious technology requires orders of magnitude less training data than traditional machine learning techniques.
Location: San Francisco, CA Co-investors: Formation 8, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Data Collective, Initialized Capital, Felicis Ventures and other investors including Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Benioff, Sam Altman and Peter Thiel
Persimmon Technologies is a leading provider of vacuum robotics and Hybrid-Field 3D printed motor technology for the semiconductor, solar, LED, and flat panel display equipment markets. Headquartered outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Persimmon’s management team has over 60 years of experience in the development, manufacture and distribution of advanced robotics and automation systems worldwide. Persimmon is also the exclusive reseller for Nidec Sankyo atmospheric robots in the United States. Location: Wakefield, MA, US Co-investors: Intel Capital, 3M New Ventures, Applied Ventures, Nidec Sankyo
TaKaDu is a leading provider of Integrated Water Network Management, enabling water utilities to improve efficiency and make smarter decisions.
Using advanced statistical and mathematical algorithms, TaKaDu harnesses utility data, translating it into actionable insights and transforming the way water networks operate.
Location: Yehud, Israel
Co-investors: Emerald Technology Ventures, Gemini Israel Funds, Giza Venture Capital, 3M New Ventures
Download white paper: TaKaDu Integrated Event Management (pdf, 489KB)
GrabIt’s products offer a flexible, energy-saving technology that enables the handling of delicate and difficult to grasp parts and eliminates custom, part-specific and costly alternatives.
Location: Santa Clara, CA, USA Co-investors: Formation 8, other strategic investors
Nupharo Park is a technology park whose goal is to develop direct current and other energy technologies into viable business, reducing energy costs as well as our carbon footprint. The incubator provides resources, facilities and business advice necessary for the successful market entry. Production facilities will provide a unique environment for testing commercial applications and economic viability of new technologies. Startups and investments in Nupharo will be eligible for more than 800 million euros in grants and soft loans for investment, research, labor costs and marketing by 2020. Location: Zdarek, Czech Republic Co-investors: European Union
Location: Orkney, UK Co-investors: Total New Energies, Fred. Olsen
Pentalum has developed SpiDAR, a revolutionary, cost effective, patent pending, wind LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) system, for remote sensing of wind. The system targets all three main wind farm applications: wind resource assessment, wind farm operation optimization and wind forecasting. Location: Rehovot, Israel Co-investors: DFJ, Cedar Fund, Evergreen Venture Partners, GE Ventures
Trilliant is a smart grid communications company. The company supplies utilities with wireless mesh equipment and management software to enable two-way communication networks throughout the electric grid, improving energy efficiency, lowering operating costs, and allowing the rapid integration of renewable energy resources. Trilliant’s smart grid architecture powers networks for utilities around the world, including over 1.4 million devices spread over 640,000 square kilometers at Hydro One's deployment in Ontario, Canada.
VALIDUS DC SYSTEMS
Fully integrated direct current (DC) power solutions for critical infrastructure. Focused on enterprise grade power and cooling solutions for data centers and telecommunication facilities, Validus delivered efficiency gains of up to 30% with fewer components, smaller hardware footprints and heightened reliability.
ABB acquired Validus in 2012. Learn more.
Location: Brookfield, CT
Co-investors: Oak Hill Ventures, DSA Encore
Aquamarine Power is one of the world’s leading wave energy technology developers. With an energetic, dynamic and innovative team, Aquamarine Power has developed Oyster, a simple buoyant hinged flap installed at sea and designed to deliver clean, sustainable energy from our oceans. Multiple machines create wave farms and connect to an onshore hydroelectric power station. The first 315 kW Oyster technology operated at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) for over 6,000 hours. The second generation Oyster 800 is also being tested at EMEC. Aquamarine Power is vibrant, energetic and ambitious, passionate about making marine renewable energy mainstream. It is one of the few marine energy developers to get wave energy technology off the drawing board and into full scale testing. Location: Edinburgh, UK Co-investors: SSE PLC, Environmental Energies Fund and Scottish Investment Bank/Scottish Enterprise and others
Data center infrastructure and energy management software for enterprises, government, and managed service providers.
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Co-investors: Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), Point Judith Capital, Good Energies, Stanford University, In-Q-Tel, Dominion Energy Technologies
Electric vehicle (EV) and storage technology company offering clean electric transportation and technology solutions.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Co-investors: U.S. Department of Energy
Vanguard in the concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) space. GreenVolts had developed a turnkey high concentration solar system employing state-of-the-art, proprietary Fresnel optics; low profile, two-axis solar tracking; intelligent power and control systems; and on-board, real time, high resolution performance monitoring.
Location: Fremont, CA
Co-investors: Oak Investment Partners
Leading supplier of cybersecurity, compliance and change management solutions for industrial control systems.
Lockheed Martin acquired Industrial Defender in April, 2014. Learn more.
Location: Foxborough, MA
Co-investors: Deep River Ventures