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RobotShop Launches Accelerator
The company will open its business platform to help developers speed the commercialization of their ideas.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Apr 21, 2011

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RobotShop Distribution, Inc. has launched a Technological Accelerator to help inventors and developers more rapidly commercialize their products. With a presence in Canada, Europe, and the United States, RobotShop is a leading distribution marketplace for personal, professional, and educational robotic technology, representing over 200 manufacturers.

“We have been receiving requests from inventors and developers for many years to help them bring their products to market. But due to a lack of resources, we only accepted products ready to be distributed,” said Mario Tremblay, CEO and founder of RobotShop. “We have come to the realization that researchers are bogged-down by the structure and resources required to commercialize their products. Think about students with a patent in their pocket once they finish their Masters or PhD; many do not know where to start; they must create a company, work the brand, secure funding, put in place a manufacturing and distribution network, launch a marketing campaign, etc. Many products never see the light of day and remain shelved due to the sheer weight of these tasks. Technology evolves so rapidly that we need to find a way to accelerate bringing inventions to market, while minimizing risks and eliminating common obstacles. We must change the way we innovate and the way we do things. We need to avoid having innovators re-invent the corporate wheel . For these reasons, we have decided to put the RobotShop.com platform, along with our business relationships, at the service of inventors.”

The accelerator will pair inventors with manufacturers, with the goal of distributing the resulting products globally via the RobotShop website, the most visited robotics website in the world, according to a statement from the company. RobotShop will select the most promising projects, help inventors target the correct market segments, and set the retail price, after which investments will be made with strategic partners to create a prototype and the first production run of products.

For further information about the RobotShop Technological Accelerator (RTA),visit: http://www.robotshop.com/accelerator.html

 


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