Cyril Ebersweiler says:
HAXLR8R is a 111-day accelerator program providing hardware-focused startups from all over the world with the appropriate support to deliver their concept into a competitive reality.
The program will help teams transform into functional companies by providing mentorship, seed funding, office space, hardware-related services and tooling, plus immersion into an intense startup community of like-minded entrepreneurs in China and the US.
HAXLR8R will run from March through June 2012, with a first stop in Shenzhen, where startups will either start building their first prototype, iterate on it, or work on scaling their businesses if they have a working unit. Each week, startups will meet mentors with experience in inventing, product design, sourcing, manufacturing, supply chain, packaging, distribution, financing, marketing or fund raising.
The final week of the program will be spent on getting startup pitches awesome, as they will be heading to the Bay Area for a big show: the HAXLR8R Day.
The program boasts an impressive roster of mentors including Brad Feld (Foundry Group), Mitch Altman (TV-B-Gone), Bill Liao (Xing/SOSventures) and Bill Warner (AVID/Warner Research) and has been created by Cyril Ebersweiler (Chinaccelerator), Eric Pan (SeeedStudio) and Sean O’Sullivan (Mapinfo/Avego).
10 startups will be selected and applications are open until the end of January!