Prototyping Hardware Accelerator

Prototyping Hardware Accelerator

Rev offers a deep dive into prototyping through its 11-week Prototyping Hardware Accelerator summer program that leads product teams through a process for determining if their ideas are commercially desirable, technologically viable, and economically feasible. Upon completion of our program, participants are positioned to recruit team members, bring on partners, initiate work with contract manufacturers, and pitch to investors.

Apply for the Summer 2022 Prototyping Accelerator

Applications are now being accepted for the general, ag tech, and clean tech tracks of the Summer 2022 Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, occurring in person at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works starting on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. The program is free and open to the public. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Program Tracks

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Open Track

Open to all innovators in any field since 2014, Rev’s open track provides foundational training across industries.

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ClimateTech Track

Climate tech startups are placed in a like-minded cohort, matched with clean energy and clean tech mentors, and learn from guest speakers in the field

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AgTech Track

Agriculture technology startups are immersed in specialized training and connected to experts and potential partners within the agriculture industry.

Program Structure

Teams are led through a process for determining if their ideas are commercially desirable, technologically viable, and economically feasible.

Our innovative philosophy and methodology is suitable for all types of hardware offerings. In addition to our summer program, Rev hosts a series of speakers and workshops to grow your network of thought leaders, industry experts, and successful startups. We also have a start-of-the art purpose-built prototyping lab that is open to participants and Rev member companies.

In the Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, we help innovators move from a “back of the napkin” idea to launching their startup. We support them in every facet of creating:

  • Prototypes that they can test with customers
  • Business models to set future product direction
  • Pitches to engage partners and investors

Program Curriculum

Sprint 1: Feasbility

Teams explore their options for building their product while simultaneously engaging in customer discovery to learn more about their customers problems/needs.

Sprint 2: Proof of Concept

Teams focus on creating looks-like and works-like prototypes to further refine their concepts and garner customer feedback.

Sprint 3: Prototype & Pitch

Teams integrate all their learning to create an integrated, functional prototype suitable to gather more customer feedback and investor interest. Teams also receive pitch training and prepare for Demo Day.

Demo Day

Demo Day is the culmination of our accelerators – teams share what they’ve been working on with the community. The event is both an exhibit and a pitch marathon, teams craft a clear and concise pitch that demonstrates their customers’ needs, their business plan, their passion for their startup, and their technical creativity.

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