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Event Session Will Explore How to Build and Grow Great Robotics Companies
A highlight of Robotics Trends RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, Nov. 2-3 in Boston, will be a special session led by Heartland Robotics Founder Rod Brooks, aimed at helping robotics industry executives locate funding and create effective management structures.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Aug 23, 2011

Heartland Robotics Founder Rod Brooks will share his insights on how robotics start-ups can attract VC investors.

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RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, a one-of-a-kind executive-level conference, announced that Rod Brooks, founder, chairman, and CTO of Heartland Robotics will be among the key presenters at its upcoming Boston event, taking place Nov. 2-3.

The title of Brooks program is Venture Capital & Robotics: Bridging the Gap and Building Great Companies. Only 300 seats are available. Discounted early-bird registration for The RoboBusiness Leadership Summit is available through Sept. 9th.   

Brooks' program will examine the three main categories of companies within the robotics space: diversified large corporations that field robotics products, mid-size specialty robotics companies, and small venture-backed start-ups. The latter group, startups, in particular faces unique challenges and opportunities. Brooks' program will look into what robotics startups must do to appeal to VC firms, and what VC firms need to do to educate themselves about the robotics space.

The Leadership Summit's Business Development & Investment Track, of which Brooks' presentation is a part, is designed for management-level attendees who want to learn about business development and investment opportunities that exist in the global marketplace, along with proven sales, marketing, production and partnering strategies.

Brooks will be joined by other industry luminaries who will present programs at the event's Business & Investment Track, including: Steve Ohler, senior vice president - US Office, Jetta Company Limited; Charles Grinnell, CEO, Harvest Automation; Mick Mountz, CEO and founder, Kiva Systems; Linda Thayer, attorney, IP specialist at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. 

Other valuable business development & investment sessions include:   

The Benefits of Having an ODM/OEM Partner in the Early Stages of Product Development

Tech Transfer & Partnerships to Accelerate Growth

CEO PANEL: The New Robotics Market - Lessons from the Front Line

Funding Robotics: The Investment Community Speaks

Protecting Intellectual Property: A Primer & Action Plan for Emerging Robotics Companies


Complete event information and registration savings can be found at

About the RoboBusiness Leadership  Summit

RoboBusiness Leadership Summit is a one-of-a-kind executive-level conference, created to accelerate the commercial development of new intelligent mobile robotics products and services, new robotics businesses and wholly owned robotics markets.  Complete with a Business Development and Investment Track and an Advanced Capabilities and Emerging Technologies Track, conference attendees will gain the insight, advice and practical tactics they need to successfully navigate the emerging robotics marketplace. 


About Robotics Trends

Robotics Trends, a division of EH Publishing Inc, is the world's first integrated media company serving the burgeoning personal, service, mobile and industrial robotics marketplace. Robotics Trends serves its audience through two major business divisions:

  • Robotics Trends Publishing, which produces Robotics Trends (, an online news and information portal focused on robotics business and technology trends for people who build, buy, invest in, and seek to understand the personal, service, mobile and military robotics markets; and Robotics Business Review (, a subscription media product providing primary research, analysis and market observations for the robotics and intelligent systems industries.
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