International Hardware Cup competitions are run by partners and have a separate application. Please contact the competition organizer with any questions.

One finalist from each international competition will travel to Pittsburgh for the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup Finals events, held in Pittsburgh, PA on May 19, 2020.

At the International Finals event, all US and international finalists will have a chance to pitch to the audience and have a demo table. The winner will take home the $50,000 grand prize, with additional cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.

Additionally, all finalists will be invited to participate in a private Investor Day event on the following day, where they will have the chance to meet one-on-one with top hardware investors from around the country.


If you are an organization interested in partnering with AlphaLab Gear to run your own Hardware Cup competition, please contact Kayce Karlo at

See below for a listing of 2020 international competitions. Stay tuned for more competitions to be announced!

Hardware Cup: Shenzhen, China

Y&Archer via Astream

November 12, 2019

Congratulations to Shenzhen Hardware Cup finalist, BPM!

Monozukuri Hardware Cup: Kyoto, Japan

Monozukuri Entrepreneurship Promotion CouncilĀ 

February 13, 2020

Hardware Cup: West Africa

ITcore Talent Development Initiative (iTDi)

February 28, 2020

ITDI Hardware Cup

Hardware Cup: Seoul, South Korea


Date TBD