Haxlr8r is back! I was really impressed with all the companies that came out of the inaugural class, and the next program sounds like an even better opportunity for aspiring maker pros. Here are the details:
HAXLR8R ⚡2 will start in January 2013, culminating in a pitch day in San Francisco during May. What better place to pitch your next great hardware device, than the birthplace of the ultimate hardware product: the computer.
The goal of the program is simple: create a working, scalable prototype and find a manufacturing partner ready to produce it before going home to launch. Each week, startups will meet with mentors and work on the team’s concepts and prototypes. Mentors will provide valuable insights in terms of manufacturing, supply chain management, distribution, marketing or fundraising. Last year, 9 teams participated including Nomiku, which went straight from an idea to production in three months and sold hundreds of thousands dollars worth of products since.
HAXLR8R is also delighted to announce that Zach Hoeken (ex-MakerBot) has joined as Program Director and will be revealing Shenzhen secrets to getting things made. A lifelong Maker, he has spent the past year and a half exploring the ins and outs of building things in China.
Mentors are what make the program click and entrepreneurs can count on Brad Feld (Foundry Group), Nolan Bushnell (Pong, Atari), Ben Rubin (Zeo), Bill Warner (AVID/Warner Research), David Holz (LEAP Motion) and Richard Kelly (IDEO) among others to help them along the (hard) road.
You can learn more and apply on the Haxlr8r website.