3 Months. 7 Cities. $50,000 Grand Prize.
$3,000 + 1 year Solidworks license
PHYSICAL PRODUCT STARTUPS
The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup application is open to early-stage startups that create at least one physical product. 6 teams will be selected in each city to give a 4-minute pitch to judging teams made up of local VCs and Hardware CEOs.
$50k STARTBOT GRAND PRIZE
Startbot VC will award a $50,000 convertible-debt investment to the National Hardware Cup champions. Terms to be negotiated based on stage of winning company.
The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup will be touring: Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington DC, Chicago, and Austin.
$3K CASH + OTHER PRIZES FOR FINALISTS
Winning teams from each city will get $3,000 cash, a 1 year license to Solidworks, and other prizes
6 teams will be chosen to pitch in each city based on their online application.
4 MINUTE PITCH
Each team will get 4 minutes (strictly enforced) to pitch their company.
5 MIN Q & A
The local VC judges will get 3-5 minutes to ask questions.
Teams will be judged on: 1) Commercial Viability, 2) Team Capability, and 3) Demonstrated Commitment.
West Coast Regional
Los Angeles | 2/7/17
Congratulations to West Coast Regional Finalist VaGenie!
Pittsburgh | 2/21/17
Congratulations to Mid-Atlantic Regional Finalist Rubitection!
Mid-Atlantic Regional Judges and Panelists
Boston | 2/28/17
Congrats to our Northeast Regional Finalist, WrightGrid!
Ft. Lauderdale | 3/6/17 – 3/7/16
Congratulations to Southwest Regional Finalist PlayDate!
East Coast Regional
Washington D.C. | 3/9/17
Congratulations to East Coast Regional Finalist Iron Goat!
East Coast Regional Judges and Panelists
Chicago | 3/21/17
Congratulations to our Midwest Regional Finalist, Rover Development!
Mid-West Regional Judges and Panelists
Austin | 4/5/17
Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for a semi-finalist announcement!
Southern Regional Judges and Panelists
Canadian Female Founders Hardware Cup
Toronto | 3/28/17
MaRS | 101 College St, Toronto
Monozukuri Hardware Cup
Kansai, Japan | 2/9/17
Read more about the competition here
Congratulations to QD laser, Monozukuri Hardware Cup Finalist!
Stay tuned for more info about the Hardware Cup in South Korea!
Stay tuned for more info on the Hardware Cup in India!
Details coming soon | 3/27/17
Stay tuned for more info about the Hardware Cup in Israel!
WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?
Applications are rolling. See the above sections for the deadlines in each city.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Early stage physical product startups (at any stage from ideation, to prototype, to post-revenue)
Don’t let the term “hardware” scare you off. Any company with a physical product component is eligible to apply (Manufactured Products, Internet of Things/Connected Devices, Health/Medical, Consumer Products & Consumer Electronics, Food, Fashion, Robotics, etc).
WHAT IF MY CITY ISN’T LISTED?
We give travel stipends for teams in each region to travel to the city of their regional final.
IS THIS PUBLIC? WHAT IF I’M WAITING ON PATENTS?
Yes, the pitches are public, however they are only 4 minutes long. No detailed proprietary information need be shared.
Executive Director–AlphaLab Gear
Ilana works with the AlphaLab Gear companies on a daily basis. Her background in new product development, manufacturing, supply-chain management, and retail distribution will be indispensible to your hardware company.
Prior to joining AlphaLab Gear, Ilana served as President and CEO of Sima Products, an international consumer electronics accessory manufacturer, which she led to a successful exit. Ilana is an active angel investor and advisor in Pittsburgh’s startup community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Tie Pittsburgh. Previously, Ilana sat on the Executive Board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Program Manager–AlphaLab Gear
Chris manages the operations and programming at Alphalab Gear, as well as providing weekly office hours and mentorship to AlphaLab Gear teams.
Prior to joining AlphaLab Gear, Chris worked at 8020 select (Alphalab winter 2010), and was a co-founder of WizzyWig Inc (Y-Combinator Summer 2013). He was responsible for Digital Marketing and Communications at WizzyWig.
Chris holds a BA in English from Lewis and Clark College and is currently in the part-time MBA program at the KATZ school of business.
Operations Manager–Hardware Cup
Leah manages the operations and logistics for the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup. She also assists in the PR and operations of the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge through the Forbes Funds. Prior to joining the Hardware Cup, Leah was the Marketing Coordinator for COINED Spanish School in Santiago, Chile, and a Marketing and Management Associate at Georgetown Events in Washington, DC.
Operations Manager–Hardware Cup
Jamillia helps manage outreach and logistics for the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup as well as for the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge. Prior to joining the Hardware Cup, Jamillia was a Program Manager at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and founded Internationally Smart Is Cool, a nonprofit that works with middle school students in Wilkinsburg.
Managing Director Startbot VC
Josh McElhattan founded Startbot in 2012 to invest in and serve robotics startups. He directed technology investment for Industrial Scientific starting in 2006, where he led research and acquisition efforts in areas such as predictive analytics, advanced sensors, imaging systems, and robotics.
Previously, Josh was user experience lead at JPMorganChase’s active trading platform, BrownCo (presently Power E*TRADE). He also led a consulting team for America Online’s AIM product management group and served on business development consulting teams for Arnold Worldwide and Allied Domecq (presently Dunkin’ Brands).
Josh has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Babson College.