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Qualcomm’s Accelerator Kicks Off With Over $1.2M Invested In Robotics Startups

8 Startups have relocated to the San Diego area where they will join another 2 startups from the region, to participate in the latest Techstars co-branded startup accelerator. Like programs already in place with Sprint, Barclay’s, Disney and more, Qualcomm has partnered with the leader in startup accelerator education. Qualcomm and Techstars announced their robotics accelerator last fall and opened up applications in October.

The company’s received hundreds of applications from companies with a robotics focus, and eventually narrowed it down to the ten teams that make up the first class of this cohort based, immersive accelerator.

The San Diego Daily Transcript reports that each startup team received $120,000 in seed funding which included $100,000 from Qualcomm and $20,000 from Techstars. The startups will work out of a 7,000 square foot collaborative workspace which includes plenty of room for a robotics lab. These robotics startups all had to have a software component, hardware component and the ability to work autonomously.

Xconomy reports that the inaugural class includes startups from San Francisco, Singapore, Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy; Alberta, Canada; Berlin, Germany and Bristol England.

Here are the startups:

Reach Robotics, from Bristol, U.K., is developing gaming monster robots that are controlled by a smartphone or tablets. The startup’s Mecha Monsters bridge the physical and digital components of the gaming world, and come with accessories that provide special abilities.

Skysense, based in Berlin, Germany, builds and sells charging infrastructure for drones. Founders Andrea Puiatti and Michele Dallachiesa say their charging station also serves as a landing pad, and can be easily scaled to accommodate larger drones and electric-powered vertical take off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

SkyFront, based in Hoboken, NJ, builds hybrid-electric technology for long-endurance, multi-rotor drones. Founders Troy Mestler and Anton Stepanov say their technology extends typical drone flight times by as much as a factor of 10, and enables unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be used for extended commercial applications.

Solenica, from Rome, Italy, makes Lucy—a robot that tracks the sun throughout the day to reflect light into your home or office. Founders Diva Tommei, Mattia Di Stasi, and Alessio Paoletti say their technology creates natural illumination and reduces electricity use.

CleverPet, founded in San Diego by Dan Knudsen, Leo Trottier, Philip Meier, and Mohsen Malmir, has developed intelligent pet feeding systems intended to keep unattended pets occupied by transforming their lonely time into learning time.

Inova Drone, a San Diego-based startup, designs and develops advanced unmanned aerial systems for global commercial and professional markets. The first product developed by founders Chad Amonn, Alex fuller, Carlos Juvera, and Rick Thorne is a commercial unmanned aerial system for firefighters and other first responders working at public safety agencies.

Carbon Robotics, a San Francisco-based startup founded by Rosanna Myers and Dan Corkum, has developed a robotic arm for consumers and mid-sized businesses, and that combines affordable hardware with an open platform.

SkyRobotics, from Athens, Greece, is enabling the streamlined, affordable creation of robots. Its open platform for robotics applications is a development platform that combines high-performance modular hardware and intuitive open source software.

CtrlWorks, based in Singapore, is dedicated to transforming any mobile platform into an intelligent robot at an affordable price. Its first robot, Axon, attaches to just about anything and turns it into a fully autonomous robot through cloud navigation and specialized hardware.

Rational Robotics, from Edmonton, Alberta, and founded by Canadians Ashley Reddy and Mark Fiala, produces robots that automate the restorative automotive painting process. Utilizing 3D vision and advanced path planning, Rational robots provide a safe and efficient way to paint cars on the shop floor.

The startups in the Qualcomm accelerator will graduate in September of 2015 with an investor day.