May 28th, 2015
Exosuits, startups, and VCs swarm around Harvard robotics meetup (Xconomy)
By Gregory T. Huang
Xconomy (May 26, 2015)
If you want to catch a glimpse of venture capitalists in their natural habitat, check out the robotics meetups around town. That’s a takeaway from one such gathering of researchers and demos last Wednesday, hosted by the Wyss Institute and Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
A quick look around the room and you’d find investors from Google Ventures, General Catalyst, and Matrix Partners (to name a few) sniffing around for promising technologies and entrepreneurs. Most of the projects on display were too early for VC funding, but it’s always better to know what—and who—is coming down the pike before hearing a pitch.
Another takeaway: Harvard has been making a real push on technology licensing and startup creation in areas like computer science, artificial intelligence, and robotics. The Wyss Institute in particular, founded in 2009, has assembled a large and ambitious staff on the technical and commercialization sides, to help push its research in biologically inspired engineering into the real world.