What is the AlphaLab Gear (ALG) Hardware Cup?

The AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup is an international pitch competition for early-stage hardware startups.

Who can apply?

Any early-stage company with at least one physical product component can apply. This can include but is not limited to: manufactured products, IoT/connected devices, health/medical, consumer products, consumer electronics, food, fashion, robotics, etc.

If you are chosen as a semi-finalist and not located in one of the cities where the competitions are being held, the Hardware Cup provides a travel stipend. That means that no matter where you are in the US, you can apply! Just choose the region that’s closest to you on the application.

When does the application cycle begin?

Applications for the 2019 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup US Regionals are closed.

Several other countries hold their own Hardware Cup competitions, and will send their finalist to attend the Hardware Cup Finals in Pittsburgh in May 2019. These competitions are run by international partners and have a separate application process. See more details on our International Competitions page.

What is the application deadline?

The application for the 2019 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup is closed. Check out our International Finals on May 15, 2019! See our Competitions page for more details.


When will the Hardware Cup Finals be held?

The AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup Finals will be held on May 15, 2019 at the Union Project in Pittsburgh, PA.

How can I get updates about the ALG Hardware Cup

There are many ways to get updates:

  • Sign up for our email list here
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
  • Check our Competitions page to register to attend regional and international events and find out who was chosen as a finalist at each competition