Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu exhibition Cisco Live Berlin VisionBot

Cisco Live Berlin Exhibition

In Lisbon, last year we got a special prize from Cisco at the Junior Achievement  European Enterprise Challenge. The Technopreneurship award from Cisco is a chance to exhibit your product in one of their exhibitions over the world. I could choose to exhibit in one of their 5 different location from November to February 2016. Unfortunately it was quite a huge problem to pick a location, because I had college exams and a lot of activities with my hardware startup  VisionBot and also other activities in Bucharest. In one, maximum two weeks we will ship our first international unit to United Kingdom. I choose to exhibit in the Cisco Live! Berlin in February because it was just 2 days after all the theoretical exams I had to take.

For the exhibition, I prepared a VisionBot rollup. Initially, I planned to exhibit one live VisionBot machine to our Cisco Live booth, but after some calculations I understood it was not very profitable for us due the fact we had a shared booth with shifts.  Also the logistics to exhibit a such machine are very complex even for a  25 kg machine. Although most of the companies were in the hardware business, the business people were not interested in affordable PnP machines for their companies because they could buy professional and expensive robots and not a 3000 USD PnP machine. Definitely, I would be more than interested and happy to exhibit VisionBot SMT Pick and Place Machines in a maker fair or to an electronic exhibition. Summing up, the Cisco Live Berlin was interesting and the most important lesson I learned at Cisco Live was that if you give something free in your exhibition booth you will have far more interested people asking about your product.

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu Forbes 30 under 30 Europe

Our CEO made it on Forbes 30 under 30 Europe

Yesterday, Forbes.com published an article that our CEO, Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu made it on Forbes 30 under 30 Europe in the Industrial field thanks to VisionBot. In the last period, we had been really bussy working on VisionBot Pick and Place machines . We had been working hard to redesign the entire VisionBot 32 automatic feeders. Now, the system works with micro servo-motors and we are almost done. Next days we will place an order to a China Printed Circuit Board manufacturer to receive new electronics for a better and simpler automatic feeders system. On 30th January 2016 we will ship one unit to a Romanian private company, Rockna  Audio via cargo. Initially we decided to ship it this Saturday, but the client wanted it delivered exactly on 30th January 2016. We are eager to send the robot over there! We will ask and publish his impressions about VisionBot PnP machines on our website!

Got accepted into 25K euro EU funding program for VisionBot

Today, we received a great news that VisionBot and our company BIT TECHNOLOGIES RO got accepted into a European Union EU funding program for young entrepreneurs which is promoting the entrepreneurial culture in South-West Oltenia and Bucharest – Ilfov.  The company will use the funding seed of 25,000 euro in order to manufacture the first 10 units of VisionBot machines and to employ the first mechanical technicians.  The startup got accepted first in the funding program, and we hope that this will be the startup a very fruitful journey.  It is a great news for us, because we will be able to deliver our product, VisionBot faster and better. We want to thank you very much for the interest shown and we hope that we will do a great execution with VisionBot.

Also today we received an inquiry from a young entrepreneur just like us, that our website had a small glitch with the registration form. Hopefully we solved that problem and we are looking to receive our first questions on the forum.

VisionBot got 10,000 euros

Got 10,000 euro seed money from Hyundai Romania

Our company, BIT TECHNOLOGIES RO got a 10,000 euro seed money from Hyundai Romania for VisionBot SMT Placement Equipment . We received the fund at the Junior Achievement Romania’s national contest “Company of the Year”, where the founder, Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu  presented VisionBot. For us, it is a really great achievement because we received some funds to continue our goal to enable the dreams of millions of makers, electrical engineers and SMEs to transform electronic prototypes into products. At that contest, we got also the great honor to present our company in Lisbon, Portugal at the European stage of the “Company of the Year”.[:]

Ionut Budisteanu Social Impact Award VisionBot

VisionBot got the Social Impact Award from Impact Hub Bucharest

Ionut Budisteanu Social Impact Award VisionBot

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu Social Impact Award VisionBot

VisionBot is delighted to be the recipient of the Impact Hub’s Social Impact Award – SIA 2015. For us, VisionBot is not just a business, it is an affordable assembly line for PCBs designed for makers, electrical engineers, hardware startups, hackers, inventors and SMEs. Our mission is to bring VisionBot Pick and Place Robots to everyone’s garage – and by this to enable markers to start a PCBA medium production very soon, easy and efficient. From the the Social Impact Award 2015 judges panel, we got a lot of really productive feedback and know-how to develop VisionBot furthermore. The biggest first two milestones for VisionBot and BIT TECHNOLOGIES RO are

  • Finishing a fully functional prototype of VisionBot
  • Start a small VisionBot assembly production in Romania.

All this award money will be invested in VisionBot because we really want to achieve these two really important milestones for us.[:]

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu presenting the VisionBot Surface Mount Device Pick and Place machine at HULT Business School

Presenting VisionBot at Hult International Business School in SF

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu presenting the VisionBot Surface Mount Device Pick and Place machine at HULT Business School

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu presenting the VisionBot Surface Mount Device Pick and Place machine at HULT Business School

The creator of VisionBot, Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu presented the concept of the machine and the business plan at the Hult International Business School in San Francisco. It was a prolific and interesting event where he met a lot of young entrepreneurs like him but also electrical engineers who were studying business to  create their own company. The event hosted at the Hult Business School was more like a small showcase with new tech companies. Unfortunately, it was hard for him to bring to robot from Romania only for the showcase.

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley representing VisionBot

VisionBot got to Silicon Valley

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley representing VisionBot

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley representing VisionBot

VisionBot first English pitch was done in Silicon Valley, USA at 18th February 2015 at the Global Innovation Summit. It was an interesting experience, the team got from over there a lot of know-how how to build a better startup and a successful Kickstarter campaign from a lot of IT experts and venture investors. Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu had been invited by the European Young Inventor Forum to do a pitch in front of many mentors and investors from Silicon Valley at the Global Innovation Summit 2015.  It was his second time to travel and understand the mental state that exists and persist for many years in Silicon Valley for new technologies startups and innovations. He talked with a lot of interesting people and even electrical engineers who are looking later on for the status of VisionBot and the stages of Kickstarter campaign. In San Francisco, Alexandru met one of the HEXO+ drone co-founders and he learned a lot from HEXO+ experience.

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu in the national exhibition of inventions and creation for youth in Romania

It is time to celebrate! VisioBot got its first gold medal!!!

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu got a gold medal for VisionBot at the National Exhibition of Inventions and Creation for youth in Romania

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu got a gold medal for VisionBot at the National Exhibition of Inventions and Creation for youth in Romania

After 4 months of hard work and devotion, VisionBot won the First Prize at the National Fair of Inventions and Scientific Creation for Youth held in Bucharest this month.

This National Fair is part of Gaudeamus Fair and it was organised by the Minister of Youth and Sports in Romania. Its main goal is to support the innovative creations of youth people with age between 15 and 35 years old. The 3 days event is composed out of three sections: applied science, information technology and the technology of the future. VisionBot was proud representative of information technology.

This is the 5th edition where Alexandru presented his invention and got the first prize for it.  The jury was represented by inventors, academicians and representatives of OSIM (State Office of Inventions and Trademarks)

 

VisionBot Pick and Place robot awarded medals

VisionBot Pick and Place robot awarded medals

We must admit that this is definitely a step further for VisionBot and we are looking forward to see it commercialized on the market.

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu speaking at WIRED 2014

Challenge yourself and success will follow! WIRED2014

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu speaking at WIRED 2014

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu speaking at WIRED 2014

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu has just come back from London with more energy and enthusiasm to get things done. It was a great pleasure and honor for him to be a speaker at WIRED 2014 and he hopes that he inspired the people from the audience in perusing their passion. ”Challenge yourself and success will follow!” was the piece of advice he gave to the auditory. He also said that patience and motivation play a significant role in being successful. During the conference Alexandru spoke about his previous experience and about his future plans. Of course he did not forget to mention VisionBot which took birth because one of his priorities is to help others to bring their ideas to fruition. WIRED 2014 is the fourth two-day flagship event from WIRED that gather more than 45 speakers from a multitude of disciplines including: design, advertising, digital media, life sciences, publishing, programming, humanitarianism and more. Its main purpose is to present and attract people that are changing and defining the future.

VisionBot got accepted to EAI360 – idea accelerator

EAI360 logo

EAI360 logo

A few days ago, VisionBot Pick and Place Machine got accepted to EAI360 – Bringing ideas to market, together idea accelerator. Although I had been working to more than 50 projects, I don’t have any entrepreneurship experience. EAI360 it’s a platform to help entrepreneurs just like me to bring your Idea to Market. I had the first online meeting and in a few weeks I will see the experience I will get from EAI360. I think EAI360 it’s a great opportunity for VisionBot, at least in this stage. Also I am looking to register VisionBot to the YCombinator. The deadline for the YCombinator is very close – so I must hurry with  the website.