HAX|加速器

“硬件硅谷”的核心

你只需带着你的想法,强大的团队,产品原型和激情加入我们。成功的申请者们都有着明确的市场定位并正在做一些困

难的事情。我们则为您添加种子资金、指导、可共享的办公区域和实验空间,并且会有专家帮助您进行设计、采购及关

键可制造性设计等等。让你沉浸于由志同道合的硬件创客和企业家组成的强大的创业社区中。

WE RUN TWO PROGRAMS EVERY YEAR, AND ARE CURRENTLY REVIEWING APPLICATIONS FOR HAX-S9.
THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN FALL 2016.

Wave 1 Applications are Due April 30th

如何运作

选定的团队可迁至我们中国深圳的办公室,驻留111天,在这里,创业团队将在我们出色的导师和专家指导下完成最终

产品原型,并且学习如何将公司业务规模化。

每周顾问都会与团队见面并就公司发展战略和产品原型进行指导,同时也将针对生产制造、供应链管理及销售渠道等方

面提供有价值的见解。

项目的最后两周将用于精炼您的路演, 为我们的最终展示日以及在旧金山举行的发布会做好充分准备。接下来的时间就

是接受媒体关注、会见投资者,并开始一场精彩的众筹了!

WE TAKE AN EXTREMELY PRAGMATIC APPROACH SO THAT YOU GET YOUR PRODUCT TO MARKET FAST

你能得到什么

你能够从Hax获得的是手把手的帮助、专家指导以及广泛的资源网络,解决你的燃眉之急。

我们是一个快速壮大的大家庭,拥有100多名经验丰富的企业家、行业专家和资深极客,广大的支持阵营满足你一切的

需求,帮助你克服生产制造的困境,提高产品的用户体验,解决您的全球销售渠道难题。在此领域我们全球领先。

我们还为你提供种子资金(2万5美元/6%公司股份,或10万美元/9%公司股份,额外高达20万美元的后续配对资金)

以及来自我们项目全球合伙人的无偿帮助,保障你无论走到哪里到能找到一个“家”。

我们为你和团队提供设施完善的工作空间 (有甜甜圈、咖啡和各种零食)。即便项目结束,Hax的帮助也永不止步。你

将永远在在中国硬件硅谷——深圳华强北有一个“家”。

为什么要在中国制作产品原型?

因为现在是最佳时机。
没有哪一款产品原型是你在踏入工厂前就能真正制造出来的。

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在这里你会密切接触生产过程。让你更了解一款产品的成长过程。对于硬件产品而言,了解其研发过程是至关重要 的。

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你将与不同类型的工程师合作。在中国,工程师在有限的研发费内还能完成精益的工作。与其他国家产品研发公司

的功能第一但忽略价格要素的方式相比,这里与众不同。

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“去其糟粕取其精华”。总有一些真正的才华被山寨手机的瘴气所掩盖!我们应该去其糟粕取其精华。这是一份独特的

经历,你将亲近工厂,有一群人在背后默默帮助你……所得到的特殊经历将令你难以忘怀!

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相对经济。对于初创企业而言每一分钱都是重要的。

你会接收到关于中国市场的速成教育,也许你会考虑将来在这里销售产品。

QUESTIONS? WE HAVE ANSWERS

F.A.Q Time

Who is behind that madness?

Blame Cyril Ebersweiler and Sean O’Sullivan for this.

How does the HAX program work?

The HAX program takes teams with hardware prototypes and turns them into functional, sustainable companies. We recruit 15 teams of 2-5 entrepreneurs who have a concept or an early prototype for a high-growth startup.

The teams go through a competitive application process and agree to locate themselves in Shenzhen for the duration of the program. Over fifteen weeks, they will build and refine their prototype product, launch to an initial group of customers (generally via crowdfunding), and test their delivery and/or business models. During the last two weeks, each startup creates a polished company pitch and demo to present to press, investors and potential partners at HAX Demo Day in the Bay Area.

Where is the office??

We are located in the heart of worldwide electronics and manufacturing: Hua Qiang Bei.

What can the HAX program offer me?

We’ll help you launch your company and increase its chances of success. Specifically:

  • Providing initial funding for you to develop your business plan and build enough of a demo, prototype or beta product, in order to launch your product on a crowdfunding campaign or generate revenue. That’s up to $100,000 per company.
  • Providing in-house manufacturing and engineering expertise to assist you on the hardware side of your project.
  • Helping you create your company, its business model, positioning, branding and product design all the way through launch and manufacturing.
  • Connecting you with potential investors and strategic partners, as well as advisors and press.
  • Introducing you to world-class mentors and alumni who have expertise in starting companies, developing innovative consumer products, and creatively marketing those products to millions of conumers. These will be some of the most valuable connections you’ll make as an entrepreneur.

We expect some (well, most) HAX companies to get to revenue at the close of the initial program. We’ll organize that process and guide you through it. Some companies may seek substantial funding while others may require a smaller amount to be successful. We like the self-funding route. We’ll help you identify your problems, understand your options, and think through any difficult decisions you may face.

What does the team look like?

The team is composed of 12 full time experts: Cyril Ebersweiler is a venture partner with SOS and Managing Director of HAX, Duncan Turner will be your day-to-day ass kicker, and Ben Joffe will challenge your positioning. You’ll interact with Qiyu (office manager), Sally (sourcing), Rong (design), Atommann (engineer in residence), Peter (Chief Manufacturing) and Steve (marketing) as needed. Our advisors will be available any time when it comes to tech (Zach Smith, Bunnie Huang) or business (Stephen Forte, Shawn Broderick).

How much equity does HAX take?

Teams that accept an invitation to participate in HAX Accelerator give up 6% (if you pick $25k) to 9% (if you pick $100k) of common stock in exchange for participating.

How do I apply for the HAX program?

The application for the HAX program is available here.

When is the application deadline?

We are currently selecting the Winter 2016 batch and the deadline to apply is November 11th! It is advantageous to apply early in order to provide the HAX Accelerator team sufficient time to review your application. However, early applications do not receive higher priority or guarantee acceptance.

I already have funding, can I still apply?

Absolutely, it’s not at all uncommon. In your application, please specify the nature of your previous funding.

How do you choose which companies are accepted into the HAX program?

We will choose great founders who are working on ideas that solve real problems or create a meaningful change to our current technological state. It’s all about the team and the market opportunity.

The best ways to strengthen your application are: round out your team with business, technical, and other necessary skills, make progress on your prototype or product and reference it in the application, and show us that you are passionate and that you’ve really thought about your business. Getting into the HAX program is hard. We will only accept the best startups.

What kind of teams are you looking for?

Mainly teams that have a working prototype in the consumer hardware space, but also B2B or robotics. Things we like in no particular order:

  • Consumer devices in all fields (health, fitness, travel…)
  • Gadgets / Toys of a disruptive nature
  • Consumer electronics with a software ecosystem
  • B2B devices
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Robotics, Bionics
  • Appliances
  • Environmental impact
  • Biohacking
  • Crazy stuff
Do I need to have prior start-up experience?

No experience required. We just ask that you’re passionate about your idea and willing to work hard at making it a reality.

Do I need to be in the Shenzhen and then the Valley during the program?

Yes. Your team needs to be based in those cities throughout the duration of the program. It’s the best way for us to help you during this critical period of growth!

Does the HAX program provide housing?

No. However, we will be able to offer advice on finding living arrangements and put you in touch with the other teams so that you might make arrangements together. Where you live is up to you. China is fun.

How can we deal with visas?

While you will have to apply personally to get the requested temporary visas (eventually both US and China), we will provide invitation letters where necessary in order to make the process less painful.

I have been running my company for a year, can I still apply?

Yes. It’s very likely that you will already have an early prototype of your product ready to demonstrate, and many applicants have already launched early versions of their products.

What happens at the end of the HAX program, am I on my own?

No. The HAX experience doesn’t stop at the end of the initial program. We will continue to help as you move forward with your startup. There’s a lot that has to come together to turn a great idea into a great company — resources, talent, marketing, sales, partnerships, etc. We’ll be there to help as you take those important next steps. Remember, we succeed only if you succeed.

How much access will we get to the mentors?

Different mentors will be coming in and out of the HAX space at different times. Some won’t be physically present but will be available via email, phone, video chat, and forums. Some will interact once in a while, some every day. We’ll be working on setting up office hours so everyone can get some one-on-one time, and we hope to have workshops with mentors as they are available.

What’s in your workshop?
  • Laser Cutter
  • SMT Oven
  • CNC Machine
  • Pick and Place Machine
  • 3D printer
  • Basic Machine Toolbench
  • Oscilloscope
  • Multimeter
  • Spectrum Analyser
  • AC Power
Am I expected to keep my company in Shenzhen after the program ends?

No. However, you will have a strong operation basis for your business to scale, and lifetime relationships in that part of the world. You should be near your customers, ideally. But alums are always around and we have extra desks for you to use during your subsequent stays in China.

What’s expected of me during the HAX program?

We can’t tell you what to do. This is your company, after all. The only obligation is to be physically present and participate in all the sessions offered by the program.

You’re expected to work hard, and come out on the other side with something better than what you started with.

What does this mean? At the end of the program, you’ll present your ideas to investors, partners and possibly prospective customers. You should have a compelling product and presentation to deliver in hopes of acquiring additional funding.