Rethink Robotics today announced $26.6 million in Series D financing, led by GE Ventures, with additional participation from Goldman Sachs, both new investors. All of Rethink Robotics' earlier investors are also participating in the round, including Bezos Expeditions, CRV, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Two Sigma Ventures.
The funding will be used to support the company's continued innovation, growth, and international expansion, and reflects Rethink Robotics' position as a leader in the emerging market of collaborative robotics. This new investment brings the company's total funding to more than $100 million since its founding in 2008.
"Our customers are building the factories of the future, and our technologies have become an important part of their efforts," said Scott Eckert, President and CEO at Rethink Robotics. "Our new and existing investors recognize the enormous market potential for smart, collaborative robots in manufacturing, and they share our vision for driving ongoing product innovation, volume deployments and continued expansion into global markets."
GE Ventures is the venture capital arm of General Electric, one of the largest and most iconic manufacturing companies in the world. Goldman Sachs is a recognized leader in the financial services and investment banking industry. As investors, these companies add to the credibility and leadership of Rethink Robotics' portfolio of Tier 1 capital partners, and continue to validate the company's mission to advance the collaborative robotics marketplace. Rethink Robotics is widely credited with creating the market for interactive, easy-to-train robots that safely work side-by-side with human coworkers. The growing worldwide demand for collaborative robots like Baxter shows that manufacturers of all sizes, and across many industries, are looking for flexible solutions for the 95 percent of production tasks that cannot be effectively automated by traditional technologies.
According to Sue Siegel, CEO GE Ventures, "Advanced manufacturing is an important area of focus for GE, both as an investor and a manufacturer. As an innovator in the field of collaborative robotics, Rethink Robotics is paving the way for a new era of manufacturing in which robots work safely alongside humans, providing new opportunities for manufacturers to improve their production processes."
"The business of manufacturing is changing more rapidly today than at any time in recent history, and Rethink Robotics is at the forefront of that transformation," said George Lee, co-chairman of the global technology, media and telecom group and chief information officer for the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. "Smart, collaborative robotics have proven to be a significant and disruptive technology. With a differentiated solution set, an innovative software platform and a forward-thinking product roadmap, Rethink Robotics is well positioned to lead this industry for many years to come."