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Haxlr8r has just opened applications for its next class of hardware startups to work and grow in Shenzhen. It will be the accelerator’s third class of startups. They, and Lemnos Labs, are now seasoned operators in a space that’s seen quite an influx in options over the past year with Bolt opening in Boston and PCH International announcing its new HQ in San Francisco. Even Paul Graham at Y Combinator is rolling out the red carpet to hardware companies.

Cyril Ebersweiler, co-founder of Haxlr8r, told me they are looking for robotics companies, Internet of Things projects, as well as just about anything else that lives at the intersection of hardware and software. He also said they’re interested in hearing from bio-hacking entrepreneurs as well.

What about you? What do you make of the trend of more hardware accelerators? Will you apply with your idea and team?

Also, we’ll be talking about this theme in much greater detail at the Hardware Innovation Workshop next week.

David Lang

Co-Founder of OpenROV, a community of DIY ocean explorers and makers of low-cost underwater robots. Author of Zero to Maker. And on Twitter!


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  1. Chris C. says:

    I’ll add another one to the list. The Vogt Awards in Louisville, KY was established in 1999 and is focused on hardware and manufacturing start-ups.

    http://www.vogtawards.com/

    “Henry Vogt Heuser, who died in 1999, was an exemplary corporate citizen and a gifted inventor and entrepreneur. He was a native of Louisville who spent his entire career working for Henry Vogt Machine Company, including 28 years as its president. Whenever Henry had an idea about how to make something better, quicker, or easier, all he had to do was walk out to the shop floor to assess its viability and commercial potential. The endowment he created to establish this award will allow engineers and entrepreneurs to access the same kinds of resources.

    The Vogt Award is intended not only to memorialize Henry’s legacy, but also to inspire more inventors to pursue their goals right here in Louisville.”

    Other things to note on this year’s prize:

    - This is an endowment prize which has existed since 1999. That means, unlike most accelerators, they take absolutely no equity.

    - You get access to the University of Louisville’s Rapid Prototyping Center for your product development needs. This means you can do things like 3D print 20 micron layer objects in stainless steel, cobalt chromium and titanium. There’s a list of equipment and facilities here: http://louisville.edu/speed/rpc/equipment-and-facilities

    - Louisville is home to Worldport, the world-wide UPS shipping hub. You can ship and receive items globally faster and cheaper here than from anywhere else in the US.

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