The 15 in Arctic15 stands for 15 finalists of the pitching competition. We will introduce them all over coming days in reverse alphabetical order.
The stage is set for the ultimate ‘delivery robot’ battle and a lot of the technology comes from the Baltics. True, there is plenty of competition for Sidewalk. Starting with another impressive Baltic startup – Starship Technologies, who are led by former Skype employees and have been hitting the press worldwide.
However, as Sidewalk is battling for a top 30 slot at the Arctic15 pitching competition they have something up their sleeve that Starship seems to lack – a signed contract with a client. An impressive one at that. As a part of being in the Startup Sauna batch, the team managed to convince DHL to become their first partner and startup mentor. In addition to that, they are already in talks with partners such as Statoil, Lietuvos Pastas and different delivery platforms, as well as restaurants, cafes and flower shops.
The current edition of the robot is capable of carrying up to 20 kilogrammes of weight and has seven hours of charge. At the moment it is controlled by a person from the comfort of their office – future editions should be fully automated. Of course, then there is the small matter of facing off Amazon and drone delivery systems. The battle of the last mile will be brutal but the winning company will take the market in all its glory as the last mile is usually the most expensive and lucrative business in the delivery industry which stands at an impressive 86 billion dollars in the US alone.