Thanuja Ambegoda (Co-Founder, VP Computer Vision), Bo Chen (Co-Founder, CTO) and Julian Nordt (Co-Founder, CEO) Robert Rieger





Enway

Automating City Services With Robotics and AI

Robotics
Founded in 2017
8 employees
Funding: €1.5M
Stage: Seed


Enway automates city services, such as street sweeping, using robots and AI. Established in 2017, the company has been able to deploy the first cleaning robots in cities, and has formed commercial partnerships with leading environmental service companies and vehicle manufacturers. A key element for Enway is the collaboration of human workers and robots to perform tasks together. Website
Highlight of the year: First deployments of cleaning vehicles in cities.


Interview with Enway


What inspired you to found your startup?

The removal of litter is a key activity for cities across the globe, as it prevents accidents and the spread of diseases, while influencing the well-being of citizens. Today, large parts of city cleaning are still carried out by human workers with brooms: a physically demanding and repetitive job.


How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

Enway provides cities with robotic solutions that allow the automatic cleaning of urban areas. Robots equipped with our software can ether work autonomously, or together in a team with human workers. For our clients, this means strong efficiency increases and more enjoyable environments.


How do you define success for yourself and your company?

We want to see robots with our platform deployed in many cities, and to see them cleaning side by side with human workers.


What do you want to achieve next year?

We want to deploy more robots, and to grow the fleet of vehicles that is operating with our software platform.



What has been the most important milestone so far?

First deployments of robots with our solution in cities. We have seen positive reactions from the general public towards usage of robots in public spaces, which is great!


Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

Our development speed. We have been able to build a software platform that powers two very different robotic vehicle types. One is a smaller robot to clean sidewalks, and the other is a 3.5 t fully autonomous road sweeper.


Where do you see your company in 5 years?

We want to grow and deploy vehicles with our software in cities all over Europe.


What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

Berlin has been a great city to start the company. We appreciate the small but growing startup scene, and also the room to establish unusual ideas.


What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

We love the creativity and momentum of the German startup scene and are very happy about our move to Berlin. On the downside, we believe that access to capital in Germany is still significantly more difficult than in the US or China.



Enway was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.



Berlin startups similar to Enway