ICRA 2017 will introduce a new Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RIE) Forum that aims to bridge technological advances with real-world problems. The forum will connect promising start-ups with industry leaders in key application domains.

The RIE Forum will be held on May 30-31, 2017 and features six industry focus areas:

Industry Focus Area Participating Industry Leaders
Autonomous Driving  - Toyota Research Institute (USA)
 - nuTonomy
Service Industry  - Husqvarna (Sweden)
 - Savioke (USA)
Healthcare  - Changi General Hospital (Singapore)
 - Intuitive Surgical (USA)
Logistics  - DHL Innovation Centre (Singapore)
 - Mujin (Japan)
Education & Social  - Info-communications Media Development Authority (IDMA) (Singapore)
 - Ninebot
Collaborative Manufacturing  - Advanced Remanufacturing Technology Centre (ARTC) (Singapore)
 - Kawasaki (Japan)


Industry leading companies will showcase their latest developments and real-world needs. After each topical industry presentation, up to four start-ups will be given the opportunity for a 5-minute pitch of their solution(s) to the main conference audience. A panel representing the industry, investor community, entrepreneurial experts and capability leaders, will select the winning pitch for each focus area.

The complete list of participating industry leaders, awards and further details will be made available at a later date.


Call for Participation

Start-up companies in any of the above-mentioned RIE Forum focus areas are invited to submit their application for the pitch session on the ICRA 2017 website. All shortlisted start-up companies will be invited to participate in the Start-up Corner in the main conference hall, where space will be provided for the company to present their product offering.

Important Dates

  • March 31, 2017: Deadline for submission of application
  • April 15, 2017: Announcement of shortlisted start-ups