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Prototyping Hardware Accelerator Applications

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

The “Classic” Prototyping Accelerator


This time-tested program has trained early-stage entrepreneurs since 2014. Program alumni have gone on to launch their own companies and realize phenomenal growth.

The ClimateTech Prototyping Accelerator


Launched in 2021 to uniquely support entrepreneurs with clean energy innovations, the ClimateTech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator offers customized workshops, trainings, and guest speakers specifically for climate tech entrepreneurs.


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 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.

The ClimateTech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator

If you have an idea for a product that falls into the “cleantech”or “climate tech” category—this program will help you test your idea and prepare you to launch your own company. Participants are eligible for up to $10k in financial support.


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


Climate Technology is defined as innovation that supports decarbonization of the economy through hardware, software, technology-enabled services, data analytics, or processes that broadly reduce energy consumption, increase resource efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or enable the transition to a sustainable and decarbonized economy.


The ClimateTech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator includes customized workshops, speakers, and trainings tailored to cleantech and climatetech startups. The program is funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Questions about the Hardware Accelerator?

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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 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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