A program designed by hardware innovators for hardware innovators
What is Elevate
Creating a hardware startup is easier than ever. The democratisation of hardware has made hardware accessible to non-technical people. Yet, scaling remains the single biggest challenge facing hardware startups and SMEs. Moving from design to mass production remains very challenging.
ELEVATE, created by Western BACE and HardworX, will support Victorian Founders who have a desire to design, create, bring to market and mass manufacture a hardware product.
ELEVATE will be a twelve month hardware focused program that will consist of meetups, masterclasses, bootcamps, 1-1 expert support and an in depth innovation tour of the Melbourne hardware ecosystem. ELEVATE will focus on demystifying product design, manufacturing and supply chain.
ELEVATE will be delivered as a not-for-profit, community-driven program with content created by hardware innovators for hardware innovators.
Curated, immersive experiences of the local hardware ecosystem
Master Classes & Meetups
Hardware speciﬁc content by hardware innovators for hardware innovators
Boot Camps & Showcases
Opportunities for in-depth learning and access to investors
To support diversity and equity within the innovation ecosystem
Expert In Residence
1:1 mentoring by hardware experts to start-ups and scaling SMEs
By demystifying the hardware product design, manufacturing and supply chain, Elevate participants will come away with the confidence to anticipate and address the risks of scaling up, understanding the range of quality and cost options for manufacturing, exposure to expert knowledge and potential suppliers, design and manufacturing partners which all leads to reduced execution risk.