Hardware Accelerator Program, HAXLR8R, Launches 10 New Tech Startups

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Back From 111-Day HAXLR8R Program in Shenzhen, New Hardware Startups to Show off Their Wares at Maker Faire Bay Area

HAXLR8R is shaking up the industry and triggering the 'hardware renaissance' with a new approach to hardware product development.

HAXLR8R, the first accelerator program focused on providing hardware-based startups around the world with the support needed to deliver their concept into competitive reality, announced at its Demo Day in San Francisco last night, the 10 new hardware companies that emerged from HAXLR8R’s recent 111-day program based in Shenzhen, China. During the 15-week program, 10 startups were given access to the best in product design, interactive manufacturing, business and venture capital through more than 50 top-tier mentors. Products from the 10 new hardware companies span markets such as robotics, connected devices, Internet of Things (IOT), entertainment and bio-hacking. The startups will be sharing their new products at Maker Faire from May 18 to 19 in San Mateo, Calif.

“We are living in exciting times for hardware development,” said Cyril Ebersweiler, founder of HAXLR8R and venture partner at SOSventures. “HAXLR8R is shaking up the industry and triggering the 'hardware renaissance' with a new approach to hardware product development. Through HAXLR8R, we are teaching the next-generation of hardware entrepreneurs how to approach product development for quick results and scalability. This is something that has been lacking in hardware development to-date.”

HAXLR8R’s graduating class of hardware-based startups from around the globe (North America, Europe and Asia) includes:

  •     SPARK: Spark provides an easy-to-use platform for connected hardware that makes building WiFi-connected products dead simple. More information: sparkdevices.com.
  •     HELIOS: Helios Bars are the world's first integrated headlight and blinker system for bicycles with an iOS app that gives users custom feature options. More information: ridehelios.com.
  •     YEELINK: Yeelink is a platform that helps makers and traditional enterprises create new generation electronic, connected devices and app-enabled hardware. More information: yeelink.net.
  •     FOCUS: Focus brings proven neuroscience to gamers with a Bluetooth controlled, neuroenhancing transcranial direct and current stimulation headset to improve cognitive performance. More information: foc.us.
  •     FABULE: Fabule Fabrications makes interactive and connected devices for the home that are hackable and have their own personalities. More information: beta.fabule.com.
  •     MOLECULE SYNTH: Molecule Synth is a modular, infinitely-expandable construction kit for creating electronic musical instruments. More information: moleculesynth.com.
  •     LIGHTUP: LightUp is a learning tool for kids that combine an electronics construction kit and interactive digital tutor, to help them understand the fundamentals of modern electronic devices. More information: lightup.io.
  •     HEX: HEX is an open platform aerial robot that can be fully autonomous and managed by a mobile app. More information: hexairbot.com.
  •     BLINKIVERSE: Blinkiverse creates open source building blocks to control LED strips in very imaginative ways for interactive light shows. More information: blinkiverse.com.
  •     VIBEASE: Vibease is a smart vibrator and private fantasy marketplace that takes the female orgasm into the digital age. More information: vibease.com.

Cyril Ebersweiler and Sean O'Sullivan founded HAXLR8R as a spinoff of China.axlr8r. Managed by Cyril along with Zach Smith (founder of Makerbot), the program has more than 50 entrepreneurs and industry mentors that include Brad Feld, Nolan Bushnell, Mitch Altman and Bunnie Huang. For a full list of HAXLR8R mentors, visit http://www.haxlr8r.com/mentors.

HAXLR8R (“Hack-celerator”) is a mentor-driven seed accelerator designed to identify, invest in, and support entrepreneurs who are solving world issues by blending hardware and software technologies. HAXLR8R selects the best companies from around the world to take place in a 111-day intensive program based in the mecca of electronics: Shenzhen, China. To date, HAXLR8R has presented 19 companies to the world and is considered to be the poster child of the 'hardware renaissance'. HAXLR8R is accepting applications until June 13 for its third batch. For more information, visit http://www.haxlr8r.com. Follow us on Twitter: @haxlr8r.


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