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Six young robotics companies have been named finalists in the Innorobo Call for Startups 2015. Innorobo, a conference held at the Cité Internationale in Lyon, France, is organized by Innoecho, a business consulting company. In order to be chosen, companies who wish to compete in the Call for Startups must have been in business for at least five years, not be affiliated with a large group, and have raised a maximum of €2 million ($2,184,080) in funding. Six alone made the grade out of 55 qualified entrants.

The winning bot-makers are Reach Robotics, creators of wireless battling robots; OptoForce, which aims to equip robots with force-sensing, hand-like nodes for precise tactile readings; robotbase, which designed a mobile, intelligent personal assistant designed to recognize emotions; Flyability SA, makers of a ‘collision-proof drone’; Empire Robotics, manufacturer of industrial robotic end-effectors; and MagnebotiX, creator of high-tech nano robots.

All six finalists will get the chance to show their product in front of a panel of investors at Innorobo 2015 on July 2, where they will need to pitch their project to the plenary session audience and international panel of investors. All six will also be given a free stand at the event, which runs from July 1 to July 3.

There were originally supposed to only be five finalists this year, but the jury of investors chose six to move on to the final competition.

“We are really excited to see the presentations by these 6 startups, which show the full range of robotics applications today and tomorrow around the globe,” said Catherine Simon, Founder and CEO of Innoecho. “This is proof that the rise of robotics technologies knows no borders. I congratulate today’s entrepreneurs who have become aware that they cannot limit themselves to their local ecosystem, but have to go seek out new markets, partners and investors wherever they may be, anywhere in the world… including at Innorobo.”

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