Many startups invest time and resources into developing a fully-functional prototype, only to stall out when it’s time to start production and enter into the market.
The tools and knowledge required to identify a customer need and create a working prototype are different from the process of designing and creating a reproducible product and working with manufacturers to scale production at the required quality while keeping costs reasonable.
The Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator, funded by the Economic Development Administration and offered in partnership with the College of Engineering at Cornell University, is a cohort-based program that supports hardware startups ready to bring their prototypes into production.
Participating entrepreneurs benefit from programming, significant manufacturing expertise and advice, business mentorship, access to local manufacturers, and introductions to investors to enable them to advance from the prototype stage into production and bring their products to market.
The manufacturing hardware accelerator is designed for startups based anywhere in the U.S. that have already developed a fully functional prototype and identified its customer market. Hardware and physical product startups with innovations geared towards businesses or consumers that include electronics, plastics, enclosures, mechanisms, and or machines are encouraged to apply.
The 8-10 accepted cohort teams will have access to valuable programming, mentorship, and networking opportunities over the course of the 60-week program. The cohort gathers virtually two weekdays each month for a focused workshop and will gather in Ithaca, NY approximately three times during the program for immersive experiences and manufacturing tours. Each startup is required to meet with their assigned mentor for one hour each month and additional ecosystem events, networking opportunities and training sessions will be available, but are not required.
Regular meetings with entrepreneurs-in-residence from a variety of fields
Manufacturer visits and introductions
SBIR, funding, investing, and financing
Design for X (manufacturing, assembly, test)
CAD and software tools
Quality systems and regulatory
Packaging, distribution, and logistics
Product and project management
Bill of Material and Bill of Process