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Extend Robotics, high growth potential startup, obtains Digital Catapult funding through new Innovate UK initiative

Posted 16 May 2024

Digital Catapult has today announced its investment, a £500,000 convertible loan note (CLN), in technology business Extend Robotics as part of its ongoing role in supporting innovative startups in the early stages of their investment journey.

This first investment is part of a wider scheme led by Innovate UK and the Catapult Network. The new capital deployment strategy enables Catapults to further support innovative startups with disruptive technology in the early stages of investment.

Extend Robotics enables humans to operate 5G-powered robots remotely using extended reality software (augmented and virtual reality, or AR & VR) to create an ultra-precise experience for non-robotics experts to intuitively operate commercial robots from remote locations. Using off the shelf equipment such as headsets and drones, the system has the potential for application in multiple industries, from space to healthcare and viticulture.

Digital Catapult has worked with Extend Robotics since Dr Chang Liu founded the company as a spin-out from Imperial College London in 2019. Since then, it has joined signature Digital Catapult initiatives, such as the immersive accelerator Augmentor and the 5G Testbed Accelerator programme, and has gone on to raise pre-seed funding.

Digital Catapult has supported thousands of UK startups since it was launched ten years ago and, since 2018, 174 startups have raised over £555 million after engaging with Digital Catapult, including £172 million raised in the last financial year.