Application Deadline: August 31st 2020

how it works

HAX is a two-stage program that starts in Shenzhen and finishes in San Francisco. Companies that are admitted to the program will spend four to eight months in Shenzhen co-developing technology, followed by two to three months in San Francisco, where we will work with you on business development, fundraising, and growth. The program is purposely kept flexible to account for the range of technological complexity different teams have.

how to apply

Step one is to apply via our online portal. Once started, your application can be saved, edited, and revisited at any time.

Once completed, we’ll review and let you know whether we’ll move forward with an interview.

We accept teams on a rolling basis, selecting 4 to 5 per month to join us in Shenzhen. This means the application window never closes, you can apply at any time.

If selected, you will be invited to come to Stage 1 in Shenzhen at the beginning of the following month, along with the other startups in your application pool.

stage I


Teams accepted into the program will start in Shenzhen, where we’ll focus on rapid iteration of prototyping in many forms. This includes physical models, technology iterations, user interaction studies, volumetric studies, marketing messaging, business plans and launch strategies.

With the help of our full-time staff, mentors, partners, and startup community, we’ll also work with you on developing a scalable business plan.

stage II

San Francisco

After you’ve prototyped in Shenzhen and are ready to take your product to market, you’ll head to San Francisco, where we’ll work with you on business development, fundraising, and growth.

This stage emphasizes introductions to corporates, investors, partners and press. It also focuses on helping teams secure their first round of funding, as well as gain first-revenue and partnership traction.

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