Starship Technologies, the robot food-delivery start-up founded by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, has closed $40 million in Series A funding. The company has launched autonomous delivery robots which shuttle around university campuses and neighborhoods. It has raised $85 million since 2014.
The company also announced that it has completed 100,000 deliveries, and it plans to use its new funding to expand to additional campuses. The company announced today that it has now raised a total of $85 million. The new round was led by Morpheus Ventures, plus prior backers Shasta Ventures, Matrix Partners, MetaPlanet Holdings and others.
Starship produces little knee-high autonomous robots which pick up and deliver food on-demand. The company currently operates in the US, the UK, Germany, Estonia, and says its robots can navigate curbs, cross the road, and travel through wind and snow.
Starship’s rate of delivery appears to be accelerating – it took four years to reach 10,000 deliveries in 2018, then it hit the 50,000 mark in April of this year. But the deliveries aren’t exclusively fast food, Starship also delivers groceries and some users seem to be taking advantage.