Two-thirds of new robotics startups are in the United States, according to research by the Robot Report.
These start-ups appear to be clustering in the Bay Area (Silicon Valley) of California, around Boston, Pittsburgh, Tokyo and Stockholm - all of which correspond with the locations of notable government or university-sponsored robotics research facilities, and in and around New York City. Each of those areas have ongoing entrepreneurial assistance programs for technology projects and provide nurturing and social get-togethers with prospective investors and fellow inventors and roboticists.
Note, however, that this is by no means a comprehensive list due to limited resources by the Robot Report, and may be biased to reflect English-language companies, which may have been easier to find. Also note that this is just startups: larger companies, such as our own 3D Robotics, have been graduated to the list of established firms (we're in the service robots for personal and private use category).
Frank Robe, the editor of the Robot Report, acknowledges the limits of the research and invites people to help make the list more complete:
Many other young robotic companies have pushed beyond the start-up phase into one of our other directory categories shown below. And many more are missing because they are too stealthy to have a web or social media presence just yet or are in a language that is difficult to search and translate. Hence my personal request: if you know of a robotics start-up that isn't included on the map, please send the information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.