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The Promobot company is engaged in development of the robots capable to understand the speech of the person, to answer questions and to keep up the conversation. The robot functions by means of the Cognitive Engine technology developed by a startup command. As of fall of 2016, the command develops already the third model of the robot (Promobot v.3). Production capacities of the enterprise are in Perm: here do the body, assemble robots and perform balancing and commissioning. According to the company, at the current capacities it is possible to make up to 1000 robots annually.

Promobot works in a segment of service robotics which, by estimates of the International federation of robotics, annually grows for 55%. In 2013 it made $5.3 billion, and in 2017 can grow already to $30 billion.

See Also: Robots (robotics)

The solution developed by the company allows to create the robots answering to tasks of customers: they can be consultants, guides, concierges, bank workers. The robot consultant is capable to solve a problem of automation and effective customer service which at the moment faces most the largest companies of banking sector and retail in the world. Settings of the specific robot are configured according to needs of the customer. Also there is an ability to integrate the robot with external systems and gadgets, for example, the robot can accept payments or interact with the CRM system. Expansion of a portfolio of robotic products of the company and an exit in new niches are in the future possible.


2018: Investments of "VEB of the Innovation"

In July, 2018 agreement signature about intentions between child structure of Vnesheconombank "VEB Innovations" and Promobot company took place. Under the terms of the agreement of "VEB of the Innovation" will invest 450 million rubles in the Russian producer of service robots. Promobot is going to direct the involved investments to upgrade of a product line, development of production and scaling of business.

"Projects in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics are one of the key directions of investment of "VEB of Innovations". We see big perspectives for development of the Promobot project. Already today queue is created from orders for robots of the company until the end of the year, for us it is one more proof of demand of a product. It is sure that the received investments will help the company to receive a significant share in the world market and to fix the positions in a highly competitive segment which robotics is. We are going and to invest further in technology startups with big perspectives of an exit to international market, already now we consider more than ten projects in the different industries", – Oleg Teplov, the CEO of "VEB of Innovations" noted.

According to a research of the Tractica agency, in 2017 the market of service robots in the world made more than $50 million and can grow by 2022 to $100 million, and the number of the service robots sold during this period (2018-2022) will be about 20 thousand pieces. In mid-term plans of Promobot company – to enter into the three of the largest producers of service robots in the world. In the long term of Promobot considers an exit to the IPO on one of large world platforms or sale to the strategic investor.

2016: Investments of IIDF

The Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) purchased 15.5% in Promobot company. The fund announced the transaction worth 150 million rubles in October, 2016, without opening then the bought packet.

According to Contour-Focus base, the public foundation received a share in 15.5%. This packet consisted of shares of founders of the company – Alexey Yuzhakov (his share decreased from 35% to 27.2%), Igor Yeremeyev (from 13% to 10.1%), Oleg Kivokurtsev and Maxim Utev (from 8.5% to 6.6% at everyone), Maxim Chugunov (from 5% to 3.9%). Two more co-owners of the company did not participate in the transaction with IIDF: Grigory Bubnov (16.8%) and Evgeny Pluzhnik (13.2%).

Financing will go for scaling of business and Research and Development.

The potential market, when replacing with robots of linear personnel in the field of sales and service, makes more than 613 billion rubles, – said at announcement of the transaction Sergey Negodyaev managing an investment portfolio of IIDF. – Promobot has more perspective in a segment of sales and consultations in bank, mobile and other salons of customer service. In other markets such robots make cold calls, collect requests for sales departments and in general promote growth of revenue.

As explained TAdviser in IIDF, investments are separated into several tranches. The first tranche already came to the end. "We will monitor development of the company and its achievement of target indicators, the subsequent investments depend on it", - explained in fund.

The IIDF invested in the growing market of service robots, having purchased 15.5% of Promobot company
The IIDF invested in the growing market of service robots, having purchased 15.5% of Promobot company

This not first enterprise in the field of artificial intelligence in which invests IIDF. In 2016 fund invested 15 million rubles in Stafory company which develops a technology complex on search of linear personnel and robotic holding interviews. The robot automatically rings round potential candidates, holds with them audio-and video interviews, and transfers results to the customer.[1]

According to Promobot company for October, 2016, it sold about 100 robots, each of which costs an average from $10 thousand to $18 thousand depending on a complete set. According to Contour-Focus base, for 2016 the Promobot company concluded contracts with goszakachik for the amount 1.9 million rubles.

At the end of 2016 the company signed delivery contracts of robots with several new customers. One of them – "The museum of modern history of Russia" (the amount of two contracts – 1.45 million rubles). According to the company, since March, 2017 visitors of the museum will be able to listen to a lecture from the guide of Promobot v.3.

Besides, contracts with two foreign companies – the Spanish Ger Shuler Global S.L. and the Chilean SMART SOLUTION Ingeneria Spa which buy on 5 robots everyone were signed. Chile will use robots, first of all, as concierges in buildings and consultants in shops.

As of December, 2016, Promobot conducts negotiations on delivery of robots with the Finnish airline Finair.


The prime minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev talked to the Perm robot

In May, 2015 in the northeast of Moscow the technopark of MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) officially opened. At its opening the prime minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev communicated to the Perm robot promoter. How are you?" – Dmitry Medvedev asked. "Dmitry Anatolyevich, and why you ask it?" – the robot hit question with a question, having caused burst of laughter of all being present.[2]

How are you?\" – Dmitry Medvedev asked the robot.
How are you?" – Dmitry Medvedev asked the robot.

According to developers, they loaded previously the photo of the prime minister into memory of the robot, as a result he could distinguish Medvedev on an action. The prime minister examined the robot of minute two.

Promobot became the resident Skolkovo

In March, 2015 the Promobot project (robot promoter) got approval of the request for the status of the resident of Skolkovo Foundation. As a result the Promobot company joined participants of a cluster of information technologies.


Start of Project

The development team began to create the promobot in "The small innovation enterprise "Intellekt" (Perm). The main founders of this Ltd company are the entrepreneur Alexey Yuzhakov and the Perm Polytechnic University (PNIPU). One of the companies of Intellekt group of companies projects and creates so-called smart homes (Intellektstroy), another – grows up roses and vegetables (Intellektagro), at the same time the microclimate in a rosary is controlled on the Internet online.