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The Robotics Revolution

The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is helping robotics startups take their ideas to the next level and transform the world … one robot at a time.

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Come join Qualcomm and Techstars as we look to help you build out the next generation of smart machines that combine mechanics and intelligent controls, computer vision, sensors, navigation, and wireless communication. Watch this video for more information.

Robotics Resources

The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator is a 16-week mentorship-driven Qualcomm program supported by a full-time, dedicated Techstars team. Ten startups will be selected to come to San Diego to accelerate their robotics businesses.

  • 10 Companies
  • 16 Weeks
  • $120k Funding Per Team

How will your idea change the world?

Qualcomm Robotics brings together an innovative community of entrepreneurs, creatives, mentors, investors, and technologists, all with a common trait: the ability to turn ideas into reality.

How it Works

Companies selected for the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator will have access to the range of expertise and resources from Qualcomm to help bring their vision for an automated future to life.

Successful applicants will get:

  • An investment of up to $120,000
  • Access to Robot Reference Designs — mechanical designs, hardware, circuits and radio frequency control guidance — and low power robotics solutions built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
  • Mentorship from key Qualcomm Robotics executives, other leaders in the robotics space, venture capitalists, and the broader entrepreneurial community.
  • Access to Techstars’ network of over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and corporate partners.
  • Demo day, where each company will have the opportunity to pitch their company to robotics leaders, investors, press, and other community members.
  • Dedicated Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator space at the company’s headquarters in sunny San Diego.
  • $350,000 worth of partner perks.


  • OCT 15, 2014

    Applications Open

  • MARCH 8, 2015

    Application Deadline

  • MAY 26, 2015

    Program Begins

  • SEP 10, 2015

    Demo Day

Recent News & Updates

  • Qualcomm Launches Robotics Accelerator

    May 30, 2015 | Forbes

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  • Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator opens with 10 startups

    May 28, 2015 | San Diego Union-Tribune

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  • 10 drone and robot start-ups move onto Qualcomm campus for the summer

    May 28, 2015 | LA Times

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  • It’s Open Season For Spring 2015 Accelerator Programs

    February 3, 2015 | TechCrunch

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