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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.  


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Classic Track


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

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ClimateTech Track 


Climatetech 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-build 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: 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.

Demo Day


Demo Day is the culmination of our accelerators—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 demonstrates their customers’ needs, their product market viability, their passion for their start-up, and their technical creativity.  


“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 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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