Prototyping Hardware Accelerator

Prototyping Hardware Accelerator

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

Who is this program for? 

The Rev Summer Prototyping Hardware Accelerator is open to anyone with an idea for a physical product and a passion for entrepreneurship. The program is free and open to the public, and teams do not need to have a legally-formed LLC to participate. The classic track supports product ideas across all industries, and the AgTech and CleanTech tracks offer startups the chance to work with a like-minded cohort and learn from industry experts.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis during the annual application cycle. Note: Digital platforms, applications, and other software programs are not eligible unless paired with a physical product that you intend to develop in our program.

This is an in-person program located in Ithaca, New York.

Applications for summer 2024 are now closed.

Program Tracks

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Classic Track

Open to all innovators in any field since 2014, Rev’s classic 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.

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Medical device startups receive specialized mentorship and networking opportunities with experts and potential partners in the field.

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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