Soft Robotics

Soft Robotics is an innovative robotics pioneer that designs and builds soft robotic gripping systems and automation solutions that can grasp and manipulate items of varying size, shape and weight.

Soft Robotics solves previously off-limits automation challenges for customers in food & beverage, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce.

Soft Robotics was founded in June 2013 by Carmichael Roberts and George Whitesides. The company is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.


Soft Robotics is powered by advanced material science and AI. It's gripping solutions adapt to today’s ever-changing manufacturing supply chain without the cost and complexity of traditional robotic systems.


Soft Robotics supplies every component necessary to get its systems up and running, including control units and software that provides control of grip parameters including force, actuator spacing, and opening width. The controller itself can store up to eight grip profiles in total.


Soft Robotics is backed by Calibrate Ventures, Material Impact, Honeywell, Hyperplane, Scale, Tekfen Ventures, Yamaha and others. The company raised $23M in an oversubscribed Series B funding round on Jan 17, 2020. This brings Soft Robotics' total funding to $48M to date.


Soft Robotics was awarded as 2018 Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum. Thee company was named to the 25 Most Innovative AgTech Startups in 2018 by Forbes, also named to the RBR50: Robotic Business Review’s ranking of industry leading robotic companies in 2017 and 2018.



  • Year founded: 2013
  • Funding Info: $48M over 3 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series B)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 51-200
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Bedford
  • State: Massachusetts
  • Country: United States
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