Highway1, the PCH accelerator program for hardware startups, today began accepting applications to its fall 2015 hardware accelerator program.
Set to start in August of this year, Highway1 is searching for up to 15 of the best hardware startups from around the world to join the fall program. Forty-five hardware startups have participated in the program to date.
“The rush of applications pouring into the program from around the world recharges us for every class. Experienced, passionate teams, who already have a working prototype and are ready to refine their technology for production thrive at Highway1. We work hands-on with the teams and we invest in their success.” Said Brady Forrest, VP of Highway1.
Highway1 benefits from PCH’s experience designing custom product solutions for the world’s best brands. Startups gain access to an extensive network of mentors, a unique classroom curriculum and new lab and office space.
The curriculum is an intense, four-month immersion into how to scale a hardware business, which includes product design and engineering support, supply chain management, manufacturing and logistics, marketing and retail.
Selected startups also embark on a 10-day trip to Shenzhen, China, to learn first-hand about building a global manufacturing and supply chain network.
Program participants work out of Highway1’s new 10,000-square-foot home. Located at the PCH Innovation Hub in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, the new facility features state-of-the-art prototyping and electrical engineering labs available 24/7, including a CNC mill, 3D printers and a spectrum analyzer, among other specialized equipment.