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Prototyping Hardware Accelerator Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2021 Prototyping Hardware Accelerator. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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The Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, offered in partnership with the College of Engineering at Cornell University, is a deep dive into exploring hardware entrepreneurship through an intensive 11-week summer program.

 

Teams are led through a process for determining if their ideas are commercially desirable, technologically viable, and economically feasible. Upon completion of our program, hardware alums are positioned to recruit team members, bring on partners, work with contract manufacturers, and pitch to investors.

 

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 + workshops to grow your network of thought leaders, industry experts, and successful startups. We also have a state-of-the-art purpose-built prototyping lab that is open to Hardware Accelerator participants as well as Rev member companies.

 

In the Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, we help teams move from a “back of the napkin” idea to a prototype, validated business model,  and a pitch: a prototype that they can tested  with customers, a business model to set future product direction, and a pitch with which they can engage partners and investors.

Demo Day

Demo Day is when 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 shows their knowledge of their customer’s  need, the product’s market viability, their passion for their start-up, and their technical creativity.

Prototyping Hardware Accelerator Information Session

 

February 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Info Session Registration

Questions about the Prototyping or Cleantech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator?

 

Contact:
[email protected]

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If you have an idea for a product that falls into the “cleantech” category—this program will help you test your idea and prepare you to launch your own cleantech company.

 

Cleantech startups face unique challenges—different funding and grant considerations, specific certifications and validation criteria, etc. The Cleantech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator will address these challenges head on with guest speakers from across the clean tech space, custom workshops focused on cleantech growth, and access to mentors experienced in the clean energy industry.  

 

The Cleantech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator follows the same curriculum as the Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, but includes workshops, speakers, and trainings tailored to cleantech startups.

 

Program Alumni

 

  • 2019 Cohort

Program Curriculum

Sprint 1: Feasibility

 

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

Sprint 2: Proof-of-Concept

 

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

Sprint 3: Prototype & Pitch

 

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

“We intend to base all our Technology Support, Design, R&D, and development here in Ithaca and having the Rev mentors and facilities to utilize is essential.”

-Shannon Mackey, CTO, SeaArctos

Alumni Success

Combplex is building a hardware device that serves as a fully electronic, low-power, and chemical free miticide that specifically targets Varroa mite – the primary problem driving honeybee population.

 

Combplex created its first prototypes in Rev’s Prototyping Hardware Accelerator and was recently accepted into Rev’s Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator.

 

  • Awarded $41k by the NY Farm Viability Institute to manufacture 200 devices for field study in collaboration with Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Research and Wegmans
  • Awarded $500k from the 76West Clean Energy Business Competition
  • Awarded $250k from the Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Business Competition
  • Admitted and completed the National Science Foundation I-Corps program
  • Participated in the first cohort of TechStarts Launchpad

Heat Inverse’s cooling technology helps manufacturers increase efficiency simply and inexpensively, using photonic thin-film materials that get cold with zero-energy input. The startup participated in Rev’s Prototyping Hardware Accelerator and is now a part of the Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator cohort.

 

  • Awarded $250,000 by the National Science Foundation for Small Business Innovation Research
  • Accepted into the NSF I-Corps SBIR Phase 0 pilot program where the company spoke to over 100 potential customers
  • Identified potential markets in construction, consumer vehicles, battery storage, and solar energy systems
  • Semifinalist in the 76West Clean Energy Competition
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SeaArctos is developing a sulfur detection system that can determine if ships are burning the correct fuel to meet new international regulations.

Maidbot

Maidbot makes robotic vacuums that assist hotel housekeepers in their cleaning duties. Maidbot has raised $2 million in Series A funding.

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Specdrums makes ``smart rings`` - app-connected wireless rings that turn colors into sounds. The company was acquired by Sphero, a fast-growth, venture-backed robotics firm.

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