Highway1 application for fall 2015 is now open


One of the most interesting hardware accelerators Highway1 is currently taking on new applications for the fall of 2015. So if you got a prototype and are looking to get your hardware startup going for real, this is for you.

This call for applications is explicitly open for companies founded outside the US, too – as an ambassador for Highway1, I’m happy to help and talk to you if you’re based in Europe (personally, I’m based in Berlin).

For a quick first glance at the program:

Highway1 is a full-spectrum, hands-on educational program that helps entrepreneurs realize their retail distribution dreams. In exchange for 4-7% equity, Highway1 offers $50,000 in cash in addition to the benefits of our prototyping labs, mentor network, location, and global connections.

It’s a program that caters specifically to early-stage companies building hardware for the long term.

It’s a great team you’d be working with, I highly recommend it.

You can find details on highway.io, or just straight to the application details here.

Joining the Highway1 Ambassador Program


Highway1 is one of the best hardware accelerators out there. Part of global producat development and supply chain PCH, Highway1 is focused on early seed stage hardware startups helping them develop their idea from prototype to manufacturable, scalable product.

I’m happy to announce that the good folks over at Highway1 kindly asked me to join as an ambassador alongside an great group of inspiring people. Needless to say, I’ll be keeping my eyes open primarily for European startups that might stand to profit from working with Highway1. It’s a great way to help hardware startups get faster from idea to market.

Full disclosure: Highway1 has in the past sponsored and otherwise supported events of mine, like ThingsCon.

Hardware and Internet of Things incubators, accelerators, etc.


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With all the incubator and accelerator programs popping up in the hardware / Internet of Things (IoT) / connected devices space, I thought it might help pulling together a quick overview of what’s out there. Consider it a snapshot for future reference.

Sources include Quora, Fancyhands, some good old research and plenty of bookmarks from the depth of my Pinboard. Some of these are more traditional incubators, others are more like coworking spaces with peer-mentoring, or investors. Some are hybrids: As the lines are blurry, I’m including all that seem like they might be relevant. Please also note that plenty of “traditional” startup incubators like YC of course also accept IoT/hardware startups, so if you’re looking for funding, don’t forget to look at these other programs (like these seed accelerators), too.





  • Techstars (Boston, Boulder, Chicago, New York City, Seattle, London, and Austin)
  • Brinc (Guangzhou, China)


There are quite a few still missing from this list, so I’ll keep adding. If you know one off the top of your head, please let me know and I’ll include it. Especially in Asia there are a number of programs, so any pointers there are welcome.

If you are looking for a list of European IoT startups/companies rather than incubators, Alex put together this neat map.

And if you’d like to set up an incubator or accelerator program backed by your company, feel free to get in touch. Give me a budget and I’ll bring in a kick-ass team to build a great program.