Peppermint Robots: From Prototype to Production

The journey of Peppermint started in early 2019.

The first few steps included in understanding the housekeeping and cleaning operations at commercial and public spaces and how it could be improved and optimized. Our findings led us to understanding cleaning workflows which could be upgraded with a robotic cleaning operation for achieving better cleaning and optimized operations.

That’s when the idea of Peppermint’s Industrial Floor Cleaning Robots was seeded. Early prototyping started in May 2019 in our fabrication unit at Pune. With a small team of 3, Proto-1 was built in June 2020 which gave us deep learnings and set tone to the subsequent prototypes in coming months.

Our journey was soon validated with support from Nidhi-Prayas, a startup support program devised by “Department of Science & Technology” and managed by “SINE-IIT Bombay”.
Prayas gave us access to the rich ecosystem at SINE-IIT Bombay and resources to brings ideas to reality.

This was soon followed by pre-seed fundraise round led by Mr Naveen Kshatriya, Former MD of Castrol Asia and ANZ along with other Angel investors who mentored us into achieve the right product-market fit.

Fast forward to November 2019, when we got incubated at Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIT Bombay. (The incubator at IIT Bombay). SINE remains our HQ and we are ever so grateful for the wonderful entrepreneurial ecosystem and support we receive at SINE.

Earlier this year in February 2020, we launched our first product, Peppermint Pro Floor Cleaning Robot at Victor Menezes Centre in IIT-Bombay.

Peppermint is designed to upgrade the cleaning at commercial and public spaces like Airports, Industries, Warehouses, Hotels and more. It delivers the best in class cleaning with the Dynamic Pressure, complete autonomous operations with docking station for seamless cleaning and best in class uptime with upto 8 hours of continuous operations per charge

Through the Covid-19 lockdown, the team started working on adding a fitment that makes Peppermint Pro the only robot in India to do a Triple Action Clean – Scrubbing, UV Bath and Drying. The benefits of UV Light have come up as a great fillip to battling the pandemic but for us it goes beyond that to bringing sanitizing functions to everyday cleaning operations.

Through this journey, in May, we were joined by Venture Catalysts, India’s first, largest and pioneering integrated incubator and accelerator platform who have invested and led the seed round along with Mr. Naveen Kshatriya and some other angels.

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At Peppermint, we intend to strengthen the team and expand to new territories as we scale production and more depth to the product offering. We are highly committed to the culture we are building at the team and keeping the customer at the centre of our universe to build the best service robots!

We are thankful and grateful to all the supporters, friends , customers and well-wishers of Peppermint. Onwards to building bots!

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