The Danish Growth Fund's investment in robotic arm maker Universal Robots showcases how venture capital can take a start-up with a strong research-based idea and build it into a successful and fast-growing commercial enterprise. When the fund first invested in the company in 2008, Universal Robots’ staff consisted of just the two founders and one employee and the business had no sales revenue.
Today, thanks to The Danish Growth Fund’s support, the company is a recognised market leader in the field of flexible, easy-to-use, robotic arms for big business and small machine shops alike. It was acquired by US trade buyer Teradyne in 2015 for €230m, at which point the company employed 150 people and boasted revenues of €56m.
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