TechCrunch – “Agility, the Oregon State University spin-off behind Digit and Cassie, announced this morning that it has raised $20 million in funding. The latest round, led by DCVC and Playground Global, brings the startup’s total funding up to $29 million. Other recent investors include TDK Ventures, MFV Partners, the Industrial Technology Investment Corporation, Sony Innovation Fund, and Safar Partners.”
Reuters – “Agility Robotics said on Thursday it raised $20 million in funding, in a round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firms DCVC and Playground, as two-legged robots start walking out of the lab and into the workplace.”
About Agility Robotics
Agility Robotics was founded in 2015 to enter markets newly enabled by recent scientific and technical breakthroughs in robotic legged mobility. Agility’s roots stretch back to co-founder Jonathan Hurst’s PhD research at Carnegie Mellon University in the early 2000’s (where he and Damion Shelton, also a co-founder, met). ATRIAS and Cassie, shown below, were developed by the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University from 2009-2016 and licensed to Agility for commercialization. Cassie, Agility’s first product, was sold from 2017-2019. Digit was developed beginning in 2018 and brought to market in mid-2020.