MEDC’s Innovation Fund Completes Largest Relocation to Date
McKINEY, TX -- Robin Autopilot, a leader in robotic mowing technology and the robotics as a service (RaaS) platform, announced that it will be consolidating its corporate headquarters with its recently acquired franchise business, North Carolina-based Mowbot, and relocating to McKinney. With a grant from the McKinney Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Innovation Fund, the company plans to relocate 17 positions and create 58 new jobs over the next three years, bringing their total number of employees to 75, with an average salary of $90,000. The positions include back office, sales, software development, and engineers.
Launched in 2017, Robin wanted to offer a smarter lawn care experience — for people and the environment. So, they developed the first-of-its-kind, emissions-free robotic mowing service. Since then, Robin has expanded throughout the U.S. to provide more and more customers with this innovative service and unique subscription-based model.
By enabling its member companies to provide a 5-star customer experience and an innovative alternative to their traditional lawn care, they’re empowering businesses Powered by Robin™ to become more profitable, competitive, and sustainable in the long term.
Robin offers subscribers a customized subscription-based platform for running a RaaS business. Based on their subscription level, Robin provides tiered access to proprietary products (software, operating manual, robotic door for homes with fences, and more) and non-proprietary products (marketing program, training and support, financing for robots and robotic doors).
“As we continue our rapid expansion and strengthen our leadership position in robotic solutions for the lawn care industry, we are excited to be moving our headquarters to McKinney, where we will have ample room to grow. We thank the MEDC board and everyone else who helped make this relocation possible, and we look forward to becoming a proud member of the McKinney community,” said Logan Fahey, Chief Executive Officer of Robin Autopilot Holdings, LLC.
The robotic lawn mower market is poised to grow by $697.02 million over the next five years with a compound annual growth rate of more than 15% to reach a market valued at more than $1 billion, according to Technavio, a market research organization. Robin has strengthened its position to take advantage of that growing market as a leader in the RaaS industry by expanding its partnership with Husqvarna through the Mowbot acquisition. Husqvarna is a pioneer in the robotic mowing industry, and the combination of its products with Robin’s platform will accelerate the impact of robotic technology in transforming the future of lawn care.
“We are so excited to partner with Robin Autopilot on their relocation and consolidation here in McKinney,” said Danny Chavez, Senior Vice President at MEDC. “The Robin team has been great to work with and we are looking forward to seeing them scale. This project is the largest innovation fund relocation to date and it’s validating to see our team’s hard work become reality in building a vibrant innovation economy here in McKinney.”
Robin’s new headquarters initially will occupy 10,000 square feet in McKinney, TX, with options for expansion. Robin was represented throughout the selection process by CBRE, led by Rene Castillo, and Jackson Walker, led by Luke Franz. Robin is one of the many tech companies that have recently announced their expansion or relocation into McKinney via the Innovation Fund; other startups like Alanna.ai, MyTelemedicine and ContraForce also recently opened headquarters in the city.
MEDC’s Innovation Fund was created with startups like Robin Autopilot in mind. The mission is to spur and accelerate the growth of innovation-focused companies at various levels of revenue and funding stages during the startup life cycle. It is designed to grow with the company as it scales, supplementing growth during the timeliest need in the startup lifecycle, seed or few customers, to Series A and or a more extensive customer base.