Meet the HardwareCon Pitch Contest Finalists Competing for the 24k Grand Prize Package

Pitch Contest

Over the past two months we held pitch contest qualifying rounds at our Hardware Massive chapters around the world. We heard from many promising hardware entrepreneurs all making impressive products but unfortunately we had to narrow it down to the final 5.

The HardwareCon pitch contest has been scheduled to round-up the conference on Day 2 at HardwareCon. The contest will be kick-started by veteran MC, Kym McNicholas, and attendees will be giving the privilege of viewing the finalists alongside our judges. The 5 HardwareCon pitch contest finalists will compete in front of a live audience in hopes of winnning the $24,000 grand prize-package! 

Meet the 5 Pitch Contest Finalists

  1. AXIS – AXIS Gear is the first ever retrofit smart device to motorize and automate your existing window shades.
  2. MendUX – keeping cognitively impaired seniors safe from wandering while maintaining elder care facilities bottom line through prevention
  3. BBQbot – Good barbecue is amazing to eat, but very difficult to make. BBQbot allows anyone to easily make competition quality barbecue by converting their cheap barbecue grill into a smart, automated, professional quality barbecue smoker.
  4. Lumos – The world’s safest commute backpack
  5. PhysioCue – Consumer digital health and therapy device company that empowers people with high blood pressure conditions to live healthier, happier and longer lives. PhysioCue has developed a completely new approach for hypertension management that combines the latest bio-sensor (PPG & ECG) technology.

Announcing the Judge

We are delighted to announce Krista Morgan the Co-founder of P2Binvestor as one of the judges for the pitch contest. P2BI is a platform that provides crowd sourced capital to start-ups and other established companies in diverse industries including technology.  P2Bi is a very attractive source of financing for growing hardware hardware startups as they back these loans through your receivables and inventory. Typical loans can go from anywhere to 250k to $10 million! 

She is also the brilliant co-host of Women Who Startup Radio broadcasts and an ardent mentor to other women entrepreneurs. Krista, will be bringing her vast experience to the table. Therefore, a contestant’s ability to present authentic ideas with clarity will be the major determining factor in her decision making process. She looks forward to meeting with entrepreneurs, seeing cool products and spreading awareness about all the new financing options P2Bi offers hardware startups.

Pitch Content Prize Package

The winner of HardwareCon’s pitch contest has a lot in store for their start-up. The contest prize showcases the theme of the event by providing the winning contestant with all the support needed to build a successful hardware startup.  The price package includes:

  1.   Ticket to SPRING’s retail boot camp—here, go-to-market strategies and developing a retailing channel strategy will be taught.
  2.   Intellectual Property ReviewWitkowski Law will counsel the winner on patents, trademarks and copyrights and how these can assist their business model
  3.   Financial and capital raise consulting packageP2Binvestor a financial technology company and marketplace lender will conduct a pro-forma review and analysis on your start-up followed by coaching on how to raise funds.
  4.   Product Design and Brand identity review sessionASTRO Studios will review your hardware product and share tips on getting it design ready for marketing
  5.   A fast-tracked application spot at Brinc.Io’s Remote Program—get an opportunity to learn how hardware product manufacturing is done in China through the program.
  6.   Full DFM review from Berkeley Sourcing Group—to assess the feasibility of the winners design for manufacturing. Excellent advice on product design will also be given.
  7.   Start-up Strategy Consulting Session with Transmedia SF Founder—this is a complete review of your pitch deck and go to market strategy to ensure your startup succeeds.

You can learn more about the prizes here. General admission tickets and Hardware Blvd packages are still available. 

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Published in Hardware Con Updates ON 8 March 2017

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