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Robbi develop robotics intelligence the first product is Robbi Forests

Please introduce yourself and your startup Robbi to our readers!

My name is Andrés Jiménez. I’ve been working in the tech industry for the last 15 years leading teams in the design and development of new technology products and starting 2021, I co-founded Robbi (https://robbi.co). We develop robotics intelligence for a better tomorrow and decided to initially focus on a first challenge: wildfires. Our first product, Robbi Forests, analyzes vegetation to generate insights that could prevent or mitigate a wildfire. We do that by using AI and combining data from different drone sensors. 

We’re now a startup in residence at MassChallenge, one of the biggest startup accelerators in the world. And in the last few days we classified between the top 5 in the program. People can know more about the top 5 startups and even vote for us to let us access a Community Choice Award until October 14th at http://more.masschallenge.org/community-choice-2022

How did you get the idea of Robbi Forests?

Together, with my co-founder Jhorman, we share a common goal about using technology to solve impact challenges. Wildfires are one of those and how they have been growing through these last years got our attention, urgently asking for a solution. Jhorman started to reach out to stakeholders, including forest and fire departments in Germany, Portugal, Ireland and Denmark, to explore possibilities to contribute and we found positive reception that gave the foundation to what we’re doing.

Why did you decide to start with Robbi?

After finding a business partner with the same commitment and passion to work on this topic. I’m convinced that great companies are created by great teams, and I think we have one.

What is the vision behind Robbi?

We wanna create an ecosystem where technology and life converge to solve impact challenges. We started with wildfires but we see us quickly moving to work on climate and more.

How difficult was the start and which challenges you had to overcome?

We started by working together for what we called “a week without commitment”. We quickly found a good synergy as a team, but to turn it into a full time activity we went through different challenges, going from providing economic stability to the team to achieving market-fit. It was great to find support from organizations like Climate Founders, Startup Incubator Berlin, SIBB, German Accelerator and MassChallenge along the way.

Who is your target audience?

Wildfire forest consultants and forest investors in a first phase, but we’re continuing with forest and fire services, local governments and insurance companies.

What is the USP of your startup?

We find a gap in the market when we talk about wildfire tech. Solutions are focused on early detection, suppression or even prediction, but prevention has been left apart. Our technology focuses on wildfire prevention, providing the best return on investment, and takes advantage of the smart detection technology developed with our trained AI models.

Can you describe your typical workday?

We usually start with a quick check of the pending tasks and the daily agenda, we prioritize and decide on the strategy for specific points and move to work. It’s interesting how we evolved to also worry about having the best work environment for the day, so you’ll easily find us working in different places and having a drink and a nice playlist next to us.

Where do you see yourself and your startup Robbi in five years?

There should be a before and after. If we talk about helping to prevent wildfires, our influence should be felt in the field.

What 3 tips would you give to founders?

A co-founder that shares your vision, passion and commitment is key. 

Always promote communication, between your partners, your team and with your customers.

Team wellness and mental health are as important as achieving your product goals.

More information you will find here

Thank you Andrés Jiménez for the Interview

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