Application Deadline :  27 May

Innovation Drive

15-week hardware accelerator program for everyday inventors

Turn your product ideas into a successful business in our 15-week program with the help of our amazing mentors.

Programs for sole inventors, creators and entrepreneurs as well as established teams looking to expand into new markets 

pre-seed accelerator program

For first time innovators and entrepreneurs who wants to build a hardware based business.

  • Starts 24 April 2022
  • 14-week program
  • 40+ mentors
  • 3-6 hours every Sunday

$


2,995

internationalization program

For established entrepreneurial teams who need help scaling and raising further investment.

  • Starts September 2022
  • 20-week program
  • 60+ mentors
  • 5 hours every Sunday

$


7,900

Check out video snippets from our last program

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Learn from Omar how he turned his ideas for new products into a successful business without any prior product development experience.

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Listen to Greg how to pick the right suppliers and the key questions to ask to ensure your products meet your customers expectations. 

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George Lin, the former head of Asia of Kickstarter, shares a deep-dive in the do's and don'ts of preparing for your crowdfunding campaign.

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Meet a few of our mentors

Breaking Яules | CEO / CTO @ Carbon Mobile | Inventor behind HyRECM patented technology > Electrifying Composites | MIT - Top 10 Innovators Under 35 | Award-winning innovator | Mentor

Firas Khalifeh

CEO / CTO at Carbon Mobile

Manufacturing expert in China since 2010. Focusing on contract manufacturing of high quality electronic products. Holding a global Top 10 MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Vaggelis Monogyios

Chief Executive Officer

Many businesses suffer from being forgotten after first contact - My company creates relatable, recognizable and memorable brand mascot characters that create an ongoing brand/customer relationship, resulting in more repeat sales.

Matt Wills

Floob Creative Ltd. Founder

I help entrepreneurs understand the patent process from a business perspective and prepare to work more efficiently with a legal professional to file a higher quality patent application that will actually bring value to their business.

Trevor Prentice

Founder at The IP Link

Experienced in Marketing, with a demonstrated history of working in apparel and fashion. Skilled in management and business development, with an MBA (distinction) from London Metropolitan University.

Jennifer Beverley Grant

Marketing Manager at HAIZOL

I founded YG after leaving Kickstarter where I discovered a need for better creator support in the increasingly complex digital marketing landscape.

I'm proud to say we have helped countless creators raise millions of dollars.

George Lam 林洲志 (Joris)

Founder at Yang Gao Crowdfunding Consultancy

Program content

01

Ideation session  from the invention game at TechBBQ Shenzhen

Week 1 - 5 : Ideation

We start by learning about the hardware startup landscape and help you identify the key actors who can help you realize your goals. Next we look at how to get the early supporters onboard such as your co-founders, advisors and first customers. Finally explore how your product fits into the market place looking at market research, branding, and most suitable revenue model. 

02

Pre-Seed Accelerator Program Session

Week 6 - 9 : Product development

In the second phase we learn how to match the functional utility of your product with your end users needs in an iterative process. We learn how you can work with engineers and designers to build your prototype and how to choose the right manufacturing partners. Finally we look at what certification is needed for your product and how you complete the certification process.

03

Idea-Stage Hardware Accelerator Mentors

Week 10 - 11 : Financing

In the third phase we study your best options for early-stage financing. We learn about best practices for running a successful crowdfunding campaign as well as how to execute more traditional forms of raising capital through external investors such as business angels, venture capitalists, and strategic investors.

04

Ideation session  from the invention game at TechBBQ Shenzhen

Week 12 - 14 : Launch

In the final phase we focus on how to make the transition from a product to a business. We learn how to go-to-market by understanding different pricing strategies, fulfillment best practices, and marketing. We also dive into the most important legal considerations such as agreements, liabilities, intellectual property and tariffs. In the last session you will get the chance to pitch to a live audience of friends, families, mentors, and investors.

pre-seed accelerator program application form

Designed for everyday creators

We can help you even if you have NO experience creating products or building businesses.

Comprehensive program takes you from ideation to prototyping, funding and launch!

Our mentors will help you to overcome your challenges with building a team, finding financing, creating your products and defining your business model.

Don't quit your job!

Classes are held every Sunday for 3-6 hours. You will work on assignments in your own time throughout the week. 

Tired of watching YouTube videos and reading books?

Our in-person classes invites you to ask questions and we will bring you the experts for your industry.

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Rahul H M

Rahul HM

CEO Shieldsmith PVT LTD

"My experience from Innovation Drive has been the most valuable in my entrepreneurial journey. It provided me with the tools, frameworks, and support to set the best path for my startup. It's mentors were challenging and pushed me and my team to new levels of performance."

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