Applications are now open for the 2021 Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator.
The program is designed for startups based anywhere in the U.S. that have a fully functional prototype and have identified their customer market. Hardware and physical product startups are encouraged to apply. The program will begin in October and run for for 60 weeks.
Applications close September 20, 2021.
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. Entrepreneurs will 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.