Augean Robotics, a Philadelphia, PA-based startup developing a collaborative robotic platform for the agriculture industry, raised a $1.5 million seed funding round.
The round was led by ffVC, with participation from S2G Ventures, Radicle Growth, and several others. As part of the round, Adam J. Plotkin from ffVC and Kirk Haney from Radicle Growth joined Augean’s board.
The company intends to use the funds to accelerate the commercialization of Burro and to develop the proprietary datasets needed to enable further autonomy.
Founded in 2017 by Charlie Andersen, CEO, Augean provides robot-enabled solutions to the agriculture industry, addressing the significant labor challenges faced by growers by leveraging collaborative, data-acquisitive robots that work alongside human workers to increase productivity.
Burro is the company’s autonomous platform that uses computer vision and AI to navigate farms.
It is used by growers of crops like table grapes, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, nursery plants, and other hand-harvested crops.