Scythe Robotics raises $18.6M in funding to grow robotic mower company

By edited by Sarah Bunyea

The investment will be used to grow the company’s operations in Texas, Florida and Colorado.

Three Scythe co-founders and their robot.
Photo: Scythe Robotics

Boulder, Colorado-based Scythe Robotics, a commercial-grade autonomous robotic solutions company for the landscaping industry, announced its $13.8 million in Series A funding led by Inspired Capital with participation from existing investors True Ventures, Zigg Capital and Lemnos, bringing the company’s total funding to $18.6 million. The new investment will be used to grow the company’s existing operations in Texas, Florida and Colorado, expand with new customers, and accelerate development of further products to revolutionize how commercial landscape contractors care for outdoor environments. The company was founded in 2018 by Jack Morrison, Isaac Roberts and Davis Foster.

“To date, commercial landscape contractors haven’t had a technology partner who enables them to keep up with demand and to operate emissions-free. We are that partner,” says Jack Morrison, co-founder and CEO of Scythe. “Our autonomous mower gives them the ability to grow their business while staying green. It’s designed from the ground up to be an order of magnitude more reliable, more productive, and safer than any existing machine by incorporating state of the art autonomy with a rugged, all-electric design.”

The Scythe autonomous mower features eight HDR cameras and a suite of other sensors to identify and respond to the presence of humans, animals and other potential obstacles. The machine, which is all-electric and was designed in-house, also captures property and mower performance data.

Scythe’s autonomous mowers are provided in a robot as a service model. Instead of buying machines outright, customers are billed by acres mowed.