Prototype-to-Production Hardware Accelerator
Many startups invest time and resources into developing a fully-functional prototype, only to stall out when it’s time to start production and enter into the market.
The tools and knowledge required to identify a customer need and create a working prototype are different from the process of designing and creating a reproducible product and working with manufacturers to scale production at the required quality while keeping costs reasonable.
The Prototype-to-Production Hardware Accelerator, offered in partnership with the Cornell College of Engineering, is a cohort-based program that supports hardware startups ready to bring their prototypes into production. Entrepreneurs will benefit from programming, significant manufacturing expertise and advie, business mentorship, access to local manufacturers, and introductions to investors to enable them to advance from the prototype stage into production and bring their products to market.
Building on Success
The Napkin-to-Prototype Hardware Accelerator has graduated five successful cohorts of hardware startups who start with an idea and graduate with basic startup knowledge and a first prototype. The program has also engaged with a thriving ecosystem of hardware manufacturers, designers, investors, and engineers—eager to join forces with more hardware innovators.
Now, Prototype-to-Production will leverage this ecosystem and help startups move to the next level.
Who is this program for?
Prototype-to-Production is designed for startups who have already developed a fully functional prototype, engaged in significant customer discovery, and identified clearly identified customer need.
Ideal candidates have a:
- Legal entity companywith the rights to the intellectual property behind their design
- Dedicated full-time team (at least two people)
- Validated business model, including technical feasibility and business viability
- Identified market size and customer problem
- Viable, working prototype that meets the customer’s need
- Funding plan to make initial prototypes
The 8-10 accepted cohort teams will have access to valuable programming, mentorship, and networking opportunities over the course of the 60-week program.
Mentorship & Networking
- Manufacturing counsulting
- Regular meetings with Entrepreneurs-in-Residence from a variety of fields
- Manufacturer visits and introductions
- Networking events
- SBIR, funding, investing, and financing
- Design for X (Manufacturing, Assembly, Test)
- Manufacturing processes
- Electronics subassemblies
- CAD and software tools
- Intellectual property
- Quality systems & Regulatory
- Packaging, distribution & logistics
- Sales & pitching