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Alice Nell
May 25, 2016

Community driven hardware accelerator by Hardware.co is back!

Berlin’s oldest community-driven hardware accelerators is back! This summer, we'll be home to 10 hardware startups as part of the Hardware.co accelerator program. The two-week program founded and run by the Berlin hardware community first took off in November 2013.

This summer will be its fourth batch. As usual, the program takes zero equity, no intellectual property, and there are no strings attached. What’s different this year? “This year’s accelerator has a much stronger focus on industry-specific applications” says accelerator chief Yatan Blumenthal. “For the participating startups, working side-by-side with well established and heavy-weight industry partners Siemens, Bosch Car Multimedia, and Deutsche Bahn will open up the potential to relevant corporate collaborations”.

 

The program includes mentorships with leading hardware designers, marketers and business experts, opportunities for collaboration with corporate partners, and of course, 24/7 access to the betahaus hardware lab. From business modelling to branding, from legal advice to design for manufacturing; hardware.co’s network of professionals will support and equip startups to take their production cycle to the next level.

 

Previous batches included startups such as Senic, Soundbrenner, LUUV, and Miito. Miito, a sleek, innovative and energy-saving alternative to tea kettles, has since raised over €800K from enthusiastic kickstarter backers. They also received excellent media coverage, won multiple prizes including the prestigious James Dyson award, and is soon to hit the market. Senic, who was also in the prestigious Y Combinator, is already in its second batch for pre-orders for its smart home interface Nuimo. They received backing through crowdfunding as well as investors in Europe and the US. As hardware.co alumni startups continue to grow rapidly, we’re excited to see what 2016 brings.

Why we think it's different:

  • Founded & ran by the Berlin hardware community
  • 0% equity
  • No intellectual property
  • No strings attached
  • Intense, short program; 10 days only
  • tailored to hardware startups’ needs specifically

Of course, the usual:

  • Great program; mentors and alumni startups
  • Demoday + media exposure
  • Great prizes (including 6 months in the betahaus hardware lab!)
  • Travel costs covered

 

This summers’ batch will be in the accelerator program from July 11th to 20th. Hardware startups can apply to the program via F6S here.  This accelerator program is made possible by Bosch Car Multimedia, Deutsche Bahn, Siemens, Hy!, Startup Safari, Kiwi.ki, and Alphaboard. 

More upcoming events and announcements you can find here!

The move is our third big announcement of 2018 following the news that we’re be expanding our operations with betahaus | Tirana and managing coworking for Berlin’s new blockchain space, Full Node

The idea behind betahaus was never to be just a coworking space. We wanted to create a platform where people of our generation could thrive personally and professionally. We’ve always thought we could do this on a much bigger scale and we’re thrilled to see it happening. We’re excited about what we’re able to learn from this move, not just for betahaus, but for the future of coworking in Europe.

We’re sure you have a lot of questions about what’s coming next. 

We want to hear from you! Email us at themove@betahaus.com or join us for a closed Town Hall where we’ll answer all of your questions and talk through any concerns. We’ve also started members-only page for FAQs, resources, and important dates about the move (check your inbox!). 

We've got some big changes ahead of us, but one thing's for sure: we're so glad to have you with us for the ride!

We're looking forward to this new challenge, and will keep you updated along the way. Get in touch with any questions you might have about Full Node!

Not a blockchain startup but looking for a coworking space? Be sure to check out the flexible membership options at betahaus!

Finally, You describe your target group as LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), which is a very niche market. Can you tell us more about what type of people they ARE and what theY value? What's some advice you can share to other startups targeting this market?

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