- The Nigerian Robotics Engineer was the CEO and co-founder of Reach Robotics.
- He received investments that enabled the company to expand and also partnered with Apple.
- He is the highest-paid Robotics Engineer in the world.
Silas Adekunle is a Nigerian inventor and technology entrepreneur known for creating the world’s first intelligent gaming robot.
He is a co-founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, a UK-based augmented reality gaming company that created robots for gaming and STEM education. His start-up developed a 4-legged robot with a lifelike movement called MekaMon. The system animated video games by combining robotics with augmented reality. The company also developed an app to control MekaMon and acted as a portal for digital content.
Adekunle received $12 million from investors, which also includes London Venture Partners, this enabled the company to expand to about 65 full-time employees at its peak.
Adekunle has also partnered with Apple, he signed an exclusive distribution deal to sell his product in both the united states and Britain.
Even though Reach Robotics shut down on the 2nd of September 2019 due to the inherent challenges in the consumer robotics sector, Adekunle still went ahead to focus on using MekaMon to develop the Robotics education ecosystem across Africa and cloud infrastructure for industrial automation in the UK. He founded the company Awarri, which aims to enable the development and adaptation of advanced AI and robotics technology in Africa.
In January 2020, Adekunle became the co-founder and CEO of (R.I). The company aims to help developers quickly and securely implement the cloud infrastructure needed to remotely monitor, manage and control their robots, industrial automation, and IOT devices.
In November 2018, Adekunle was named to the Financial Times‘ list of the “Top 100 minority ethnic leaders in technology”. In the same year, he was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018: Technology list.
This 31-year-old Nigerian is the World’s highest-paid Robotics Engineer.