Application Deadline: August 31st 2020

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Sean O’Sullivan

Managing General Partner, SOSV

Sean O’Sullivan got his entrepreneurial start in 1985 as a founder of MapInfo, bringing street mapping technology to personal computers. MapInfo went on to become a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees worldwide. In 1996, while at the helm of his second company, NetCentric, he created “software for inside the Internet” and is credited with co-creating the term “cloud computing” alongside George Favaloro from Compaq.

Cyril Ebersweiler

General Partner, SOSV & Managing Director, HAX SF

A hardware investor, visionary and serial entrepreneur, Cyril was SOSV’s first general partner to run an accelerator, starting Chinaccelerator, the first mentorship-driven seed-funding program in China. He then went on to found HAX.

Duncan Turner

General Partner, SOSV & Managing Director, HAX Shenzhen

Duncan Turner is General Partner at SOSV and Managing Director of the HAX Accelerator and HAX China programs in Shenzhen, China, where he has been a mentor since its inception. A designer and expert in China manufacturing, he is particularly interested in investing in and mentoring startups who have an emphasis on hardware.

Kate Whitcomb

Partner, HAX SF

As Program Director at HAX Growth, Kate is responsible for strategy and execution of the HAX Growth program with over 50 companies each year, along with Managing Partner Cyril Ebersweiler. This includes, but is not limited to, management of recruitment and due diligence, participant selection, curriculum design, program implementation, portfolio management, and actively building the HAX Growth ecosystem in San Francisco and globally. She is an acclaimed thought leader and speaker on retail for startups.

Qiyu Wu

China Program Director

With a focus on Asian markets and startups, Qiyu serves as the Operations Director at HAX and Program Director for HAX China – a HAX spin off conducted entirely in Chinese for Chinese startups.

Mike Reed

Mechatronics Lead

As Mechatronics Lead at HAX in Shenzhen, Michael works with a talented team of engineers to support the technical development of HAX teams’ products over the course of the accelerator program. With a functional level of Mandarin speaking and extensive experience in rapid prototyping manufacturing techniques as well as mechanical, electronics and software systems design, Mike actively mentors teams both during and after the program.

Ji Ke

Program Director, HAX Shenzhen

As program director at HAX, Ji Ke is responsible for driving the content and delivery of the HAX Seed accelerator program in Shenzhen. He oversees all elements of recruitment, application review and due diligence, curriculum development, mentorship development and program execution. He also provides ongoing mentorship and support for teams in-program and HAX alumni.

Ethan Haigh

Program Manager, HAX SF

As Program Coordinator at HAX Growth in San Francisco, Ethan oversees logistics and delivery for the cohort, and assists with portfolio management, recruitment and due diligence on HAX Growth companies.

Jo-An Ho

Business Development Director

Passionate about science & technology and its impact on our daily life, Jo-An is the Business Development Director at HAX Shenzhen.

Anant Raj Pathak


Anant is the Analyst for HAX, based in Shenzhen. As analyst, Anant supports the due diligence and selection process for new HAX teams, manages reporting for the HAX accelerator portfolio, and supports companies with fundraising efforts.

Anthony Marino


Anthony is an Analyst for HAX, working directly with HAX General Partner Cyril Ebersweiler. He is responsible for supporting HAX graduates, including post-accelerator communication and reporting, and working with companies to understand portfolio company fundraising needs, timelines and performance metrics. Additionally, Anthony works in the broader hardware ecosystem and hardware investor landscape across categories and geographies.

Dylan J Crow

Analyst at HAX

Dylan is an Analyst for HAX, based in Shenzhen. As Analyst, Dylan assists with portfolio management and investment strategy for Chinese investments and startups, and works closely with Chinese teams to develop marketing and communications strategy.

Alan Clayton

Startup Coach & Roaming Mentor, SOSV

Alan Clayton serves as the SOSV Business Coach. Alan works directly with teams across all SOSV accelerators. He focuses much of his time on HAX Growth companies, growing hardware distribution and sales networks globally. Alan is also the creator of the “Wholebrain Startup” methodology, which focuses on fully utilizing the intellectual resources of startup founders and teams.

Noel Joyce

Design Director

Noel is the Head of Design at HAX. He has been working at HAX from program 1 and oversees the design team in Shenzhen, actively supporting 30+ new HAX teams annually, as well as providing ongoing mentorship to the global ecosystem of HAX alumni and recruiting design mentors and staff for the program. Noel’s specialties are in design and innovation, user centered product development, design for acceleration and design orientated business.

Inder Sachdev

Lead Industrial Designer

As Industrial Design lead at HAX, Inder helps the teams humanise their technologies and products into something an everyday customer can understand. To this end, he guides the teams on in-depth user experience research and iterative form finding, as well as working with them to devise a long-term design strategy.

Ben Joffe

Partner, HAX

As a head of design and video production team at HAX, Vitaly help startups with their branding, visual identity, visual storytelling, videography, and photography.

Vitaly Vyazovsky

Creative Director

As Partner at HAX, Benjamin works with our startups on strategy, marketing, PR and fundraising. He is considered a global thought leader on hardware innovation and ecosystems, and represents HAX in many global events. He has been featured on Bloomberg TV, WSJ, The Economist, WIRED and is a contributor to Forbes and TechCrunch.

Lisa Shcheglova

Comms designer

As a member of communication design and video production team at HAX, Lisa help startups with their branding, visual identity, visual storytelling, videography, and photography.

Tim Kendoskany

Graphic & Web Designer

Sam Liao

Mechanical Engineer

Shampoo Liu

Workshop Manager & Prototyping Lead

Laura Hu

Engineering Manager

Tyler Shi

Mechanical Engineer

As a mechanical engineer at HAX, Tyler works with HAX teams on new product mechanical design, research and development, and assists with old products’ mechanical improvement. He joined HAX full-time in September 2016.

Michael Moon

Electrical Engineering Director

Bunnie Huang

Mentor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Jane Zhen

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Jane manages all logistics for HAX in Shenzhen.

Jenny Zhou

Sourcing Assistant

Jenny Zhou is Purchasing Assistant at HAX in Shenzhen. In this role, Jenny assists HAX teams to negotiate with suppliers, specifically around stock requests for product packaging and shipping.

We are a cross-disciplinary, international team who brings decades of experience in venture capital, product creation and business growth. We know the struggles of taking a hardware-based start-up to market.

leading the future of hardware

in the heart of the largest innovation hubs in the world

Founded in 2011 by Cyril Ebersweiler, HAX has become a largest early stage investor worldwide, offering a hardware startups from all over the world to take an advantage of startup ecosystems in Shenzhen and San Francisco.

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