TAKE OUR SURVEY
BENEVOLENT ROBOTICS CHOSEN AS ONE OF SIX SEMI-FINALISTS IN THE MONFORT COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGE
BOULDER, CO (FEBRUARY 6, 2021) - On February 9, 2021, Benevolent Robotics LLC will compete in the Semi-final round of the 2021 Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge. Hosted by the University of Northern Colorado, the open division invites Colorado-based pre-launch and early-stage start-ups to present their entrepreneurial visions and plans to expert judges from Colorado’s vibrant start-up venture community.
As an early stage start-up, Benevolent Robotics LLC seeks as many opportunities as possible to test and refine its business model with expertise from the community.
Jon Burroughs, the company’s founder, life-long R&D engineer and amateur strongman, says, “Competing in events like the Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge provides us valuable feedback that we’ll use to fortify our business model. Our first aim is to improve independence, quality of life, and safety of the disabled and elderly. The pandemic has highlighted the needs of those living in isolation. Not only can robotics improve independence and quality of life for those who are confined, it allows for more spontaneous and interactive communication with loved ones, which is vital to good mental and emotional health.”
According to a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, nearly one-fourth of adults over age 65 are socially isolated, and this is associated with very significant health risks. Twelve million Americans over the age of 65 live alone. According to a study by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation 5.3 million Americans live with functional paralysis.
Burroughs is joined by Jereme Gilbert, founder of Queen City Adaptive Recreation. The two met when Gilbert was one of the first athletes to join a gym that Burroughs founded in 2012. In 2013, Gilbert was paralyzed in a mountain biking accident. He is a talented mechanical engineer and product designer who brings an important personal perspective to this project.
“When I started building my team, Jereme immediately came to mind as an individual with the technical talent, drive, and compassion that I was looking for. I called Jereme and he said, ‘I’m in,’” says Burroughs. “He helps people improve and fulfill their purpose and potential through design, and he’s a leader. When there wasn’t a sled hockey team in Charlotte, he made one.”
Benevolent Robotics now has a team of ten.
The semifinalists will pitch virtually on Tuesday, February 9. Chosen finalists will have the opportunity to improve their pitches based on judge feedback and compete in the finals on February 24. To learn more about the Entrepreneurial Challenge and register to watch the semifinals and finals visit http://mcb.unco.edu/e-challenge.
About Benevolent Robotics
We are developing safe and beneficial robots of the future to help the humans we love today. At Benevolent we aspire to solve problems, big and small, to enhance independence, increase quality of life, and provide peace of mind for our users. Learn more about Benevolent Robotics LLC and take our product concept survey at http://benevolentrobotics.com.