CleverPet’s ‘Dog Game Console’ Wins MecklerMedia’s Second RoboGameChanger Startup Competition

Published by , December 21, 2015 11:50 am

( — MecklerMedia’s RoboUniverse Conference and Expo hosted its second RoboGameChanger Startup Competition Dec. 15 at the San Diego Convention Center. Eleven hopeful startups had three minutes each to pitch their technologies and business models, followed by three minutes for questions from the judges. The winner was CleverPet.

Tyler Benster, of Asimov Ventures, said, “Following the success of the inaugural RoboGameChanger competition, Asimov Ventures is proud to award the winner of this second pitch event a $10,000 uncapped convertible note. We were impressed by the strength and diversity of the teams, who presented breakthroughs in drones, robotic arms, and vision recognition among other fields. Today’s winner is CleverPet, a San Diego startup whose ‘Dog Game Console’ engages dogs for automatic all-day play. Many of us who have a dog have little choice but to leave the pet alone for hours at a time. CleverPet’s creative and polished robot appeals to dog owners everywhere.” The judges were Tyler Benster, technology evangelist, Asimov Ventures; Ellen Chang, managing partner, LightSpeed Innovation; Rick Dalton, managing director, Mooreland Partners; Houman Haghighi, staff manager of business operations, Qualcomm Ventures; Dr. Ping Wang (moderator), director of Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.

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