Austrian startup Silana raises €1.5M to bring robotics to fashion industry

Silana, a Vienna-based startup that develops sewing robots, has raised €1.5 million in an investment round led by SOSV, with participation from OÖ HightechFonds, Material V, and others. The investment will accelerate development and delivery of the first machines in 2025.

  • Silana was co-founded by Anton Wohlgemuth (CTO), Michael Mayr (COO), and Michael Hofmannrichter (CEO) in 2022. Silana develops sewing robots to fully automate the production process in the fashion industry. Each manufacturing step with its robot is performed by dedicated subsystems in individual robot cells within minutes.
  • Since its launch, the team has grown to eight members. According to Silana, its main goal is to revolutionize the textile industry. The company also claims that nearly 200 machines have already been pre-ordered by renowned producers worldwide, enabling the production of 30 million T-shirts per year with Silana’s SiBot. The company is planning to expand the production lines with polo shirts and other items in the coming years.

We work with the most common materials and can also process materials made from sustainable viscose from Lenzing AG. Our team developed the first functioning prototype and has already convinced several well-known clothing manufacturers to make down payments. In Austria, for example, the sportswear manufacturer Löffler was among our clients,

Michael Hofmannrichter, CEO and co-founder of Silana, claims.
  • The fresh round was led by SOSV, a global multi-stage, deep tech VC operating the pre-seed programs HAX, IndieBio, and Orbit.
  • OÖ HightechFonds, an Austrian venture capital fund invests in startups and technology-oriented expansion projects of SMEs, as well as the tech investor Material V, the waterdrop founders Martin & Henry Murray, the sustainability expert in the textile industry Yoobin Jung, and Sequoia Scout and former N26 CGO Alexander Weber, also participated in the investment.

Silana will use the additional capital to accelerate its development, with the aim of delivering the first machines next year.