Kubo Robotics wins Scandinavia’s most promising start up in 2017


KUBO Robotics,the Danish company behind a little educational robot that teaches children how to code, was honoured with yet another prestigious award on Wednesday. This time, it was named best newcomer in the regional finals of the Nordic Startup Awards. The award show boasts 13 different categories, with nominees from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, and Norway competing in each. KUBO Robotics will now advance to the Global Startup Awards in Tianjin, China next year.

“We are very proud to have received the award for best newcomer in the Nordics. The fact that it was given to us by members of the public who took the time to vote and truly recognise what KUBO stands for, among other things, means a lot to us. However, we are also aware of the huge responsibility that comes with it. The prize has been awarded to some incredible companies in the past, so we know we have big shoes to fill! But I have no doubt that we will,” says CEO Tommy Otzen.

KUBO Robotics is a young company with just over a year’s experience under its belt. Despite this, it has won or been nominated for a number of other awards. In November 2016, it won the world’s largest startup prize, the pitch competition at WebSummit in Lisbon. It came in second at Last Gadget Standing, CES in Las Vegas in January of this year, and made it to the finals of the BETT Awards in London. The latter is the world’s largest educational conference and widely acknowledged as being the “one to watch”. KUBO’s main product was nominated in the “Better Learning” category at the Danish Design Awards 2017.

On 13 November, it’ll be competing again for an IVAEKST prize in the category ‘Best Startup/Corporate Collab’ with KMD Ventures. Later that same month, on the 30, it’ll be competing for the ‘Year’s Startup’ award at EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Copenhagen.

Big ambitions and pats on the back along the way help

The small Danish company, who’s investors include the Danish Growth Fund and KMD Ventures, launched its educational robot in the Nordic region, and has big ambitions. The robot will be available for purchase through one of the region’s biggest distributors, which sells to 16,000 schools and institutions across Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

“We’ve just launched our educational robot, KUBO, in the Nordics and our goal is to sell a large number of robots before the end of this year. Our long-term ambition is for KUBO to support education in programming and technological understanding in schools around the world,” says Tommy Otzen, CEO, KUBO Robotics.

With the company’s launch of its robot this month, the award couldn’t have come at a better time and will provide a little boost along the way towards their goals.

“It is clear that the award will give us recognition and the stamp of quality for KUBO as a product and business. We’re facing the Nordic market, and so to participate and win a  chance to compete at the global level is worth its weight in gold,” says Tommy Otzen, KUBO Robotics’s CEO.

Robotics News, 23 October 2017