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Who are we?

VitiBot the only French industrial start-up company specialized in the field of robotic viticultural. It has created a universal platform to accommodate a large number of power and intelligent tools. The company's objective is to place the technological breakthrough called Bakus within the framework of sustainable viticulture.

VitiBot's history began in 2015 with the creation of the Hector project, which has generated strong interest in the wine industry. Since then, many milestones have marked the company's evolution.

The team
2015 - Launch of the Hector project

2015 - Launch of the Hector project

Cédric Bache, during his student project, studied the technical feasibility of a viticultural machine and its viability with two distinct teams. The objective was to equip a manual track with autonomous guidance technologies.

November 2016 - Creation of the start-up VitiBot and installation in Châlons-en-Champagne

November 2016 - Creation of the start-up VitiBot and installation in Châlons-en-Champagne

At that time, Hector underwent many changes. In addition to this project, Cédric Bache designed a second functional prototype of an autonomous viticultural machine. To develop and mature their two projects, they settled in a house in Châlons-en-Champagne with his team.

March 2017 - First presentation of the Hector robot

March 2017 - First presentation of the Hector robot

From March, Hector was ready to test his algorithms. VitiBot has worked in the 4 corners of Champagne in order to make a guiding technology more reliable and to achieve a successful system. It is thanks to the conclusive results obtained with this prototype that VitiBot has benefited from a high visibility which has led to its presentation to Prime Minister Édouard Philippe.

June 2017 - 1st Start-up Live Prize

June 2017 - 1st Start-up Live Prize

With its team of 9 engineers, VitiBot won the jury prize at Start Up Live with the presentation of Hector the autonomous wine robot.

August 2017 - Launch of studies on the new Bakus robot

August 2017 - Launch of studies on the new Bakus robot

Rather than adapting existing resources, VitiBot decided to create a new concept: "Bakus", the 100% autonomous and 100% electric robotic platform, capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow's viticulture. This creation is a technological breakthrough in the vineyard that will make it possible to reconcile the environmental, social and economic challenges facing winegrowers.

November 2017 - Favourite ID Boite

November 2017 - Favourite ID Boite

VitiBot was rewarded at the 2017 "ID Boite" challenge, organized by ID Champagne-Ardenne for the creation of its Hector robot, its embedded technology and the health and environmental challenges it is able to solve.

Early 2018 - Installation in Reims

Early 2018 - Installation in Reims

In order to have the necessary means to welcome a larger team of engineers, to be able to carry out on-site tests and to start the local industrialisation of the future Bakus robot, VitiBot is setting up in Reims in 4000m² industrial premises.

February 2018 - Bakus assembly begins

February 2018 - Bakus assembly begins

Hector, considered as the proof of concept on the technical feasibility and field viability of an autonomous wine robot, gives way to the new Bakus project. The assembly of this 100% electric and 100% autonomous monorang overhang begins in February.

May 2018 - First presentation of Bakus at Terre Innovation

May 2018 - First presentation of Bakus at Terre Innovation

Bakus is presented to the professional public for the first time at the Terre Innovation exhibition in Reims. He made initial demonstrations that aroused interest. First customers place an order with us.

June 2018 - Fundraising

June 2018 - Fundraising

In order to reinforce its strategy, VitiBot raised €3 million in funds, notably from major Champagne houses, vine professionals and industrialists. This first fundraising allows the company to accelerate its developments and prepare for its planned commercialization in 2019.

August 2018 - VitiBot joins the BPI Excellence network

August 2018 - VitiBot joins the BPI Excellence network

Thanks to VitiBot's innovative project, the company joins the BPI excellence network and benefits from a large network.

September 2018 - Winner of the

September 2018 - Winner of the "Innovation Trophies" competition ViniTech Sifel

VitiBot is a winner in the technical cultural category of the Vinitech Sifel Innovation Trophies.