Tunisian based robotics start-up; Enova Robotics has secured $1.6 million investment round from the country’s investment firm; Capsa Capital. This happens to be the largest-funding round for a Tunisian start up.
Enova Robotics specializes in robot design and manufacturing through combined expertise in software, hardware and perception; they started with an initial capital of $30,000.
Enova Robotics is probably the only start-up that designs and manufactures its own branded robots in Middle East & North Africa.
They currently sell four types of robots for different categories including education, healthcare, security and marketing.
Dr. Anis Sahbani who is the founder and CEO told MENAbytes that they plan to use it to open a branch in France that will be used for R&D and to develop their after-sales services for the European market.
They also plan to use a part of the investment to extend their activities into the rest of MENA, which they see as a big market for their products.
Their robots include;
MiniLab; an educational robot that could be used for robotic research, education and experimental application development as it comes with an open-source control architecture based on Robot Operating System (ROS).
PearlGuard; the security robot that is Enova’s flagship product which can also be used for surveillance is a four-wheel drive mobile base that comes with electric motors and batteries that allows the robot to patrol for up to 8 hours. It features a set of infrared cameras in addition to a thermal camera, an omni-directional audio acquisition system, a sound and light alarm system, GPS and laser telemetry system.
Since it was established in 2014, Enova Robotics has sold more than 50 robots all across the world and their eyes are now set at selling $30 million worth of robots.
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