Chennai-based unicorn Zoho Corp. has invested ₹20 crore in Genrobotics, a Kerala-based startup building robotics and artificial intelligence (AI)-based solutions for social issues such as hazardous working conditions.

Zoho said the investment will assist Genrobotics in its mission to eradicate manual scavenging in India and provide safety and dignity to workers in the sanitation and oil and gas industries. This investment is in line with Zoho’s mission to nurture the development of a deep-tech ecosystem in the country.

Genrobotics’ primary offering is the Bandicoot robot, touted as the world’s first robotic machine to clean confined spaces such as sewers manholes, sewer wells, stormwater manholes, oily water sewers, and stormwater sewers in refineries. Currently, several smart cities, refineries, multinational companies, townships, and housing colonies across 14 states are leveraging Bandicoot robots, eliminating the need for human entry into manholes.

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