Inventors of painting robots close in on investment

Jack Cornes and Harry Smith

A Leicestershire duo who hope their robots will one day automate the painting and decorating of entire houses have made it into the final of a regional business competition to win £20,000.

Jack Cornes, 19, and Harry Smith, 19, from Rutland, founded Hausbots in 2016 and are looking to continue the development of their free climbing, wall painting robot.

The pair met during their time at Oakham School and need to raise £8,000 to take their innovative robot to the next prototype stage and ultimately take the product to market.

The business has been shortlisted alongside two other businesses at Baldwins Accountants’ KickStart Awards, which is being held on Thursday, November 16th at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

The winner will be presented with a £10,000 grant along with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice from Baldwins Accountants, which has an office in Ashby de la Zouch, and the runners-up will each be given £5,000 of mentoring and accountancy advice.

Smith is currently in the second year of his studies on a design and engineering course at Loughborough University, while Jack works in sales in London.