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What are good places to go and look for very early stage hardware startups or companies ?

I am working on a solution for hardware startups that can reduce their development time and time to market from 18 months to 3 months. But the key is they are starting new design since I am not sure how many of these comopanies will be abandon their effort half-way and try my solution. So, I need some help from you folks.

Where are these early stage startups ? Most of them are probably not listed anywhere and are probably sweating in their garage.

Any pointers and suggestions are very welcome.

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Jessica Alter
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Jessica Alter Entrepreneur • Advisor
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I'm a little surprised by this question seems fairly obvious that you can go to a) accelerators b) maker spacers c) crowdfunding sites d) crowdfunding forums e) hardware meetups.
You've got to hustle to talk to potential customer
Alex Konovalov
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Alex Konovalov Entrepreneur
Systems Analyst at BitExperts.com
I would recommend to check this out - hackerdojo.com

Since you are in San Fran, it is not too far from you. That place is in Mountain View, and they have many people / early stage teams who are hacking together some hardware projects.

HTH,
Alex
Per Ljung
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Per Ljung Entrepreneur
Founder at LookSee Labs
Approach one of the hardware accelerators like Highway1. They just started their latest group of 12 startups.
Max Lamb
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Max Lamb Entrepreneur • Advisor
Operations - BD at Qualia Labs, Inc.
Accelerators at colleges and universities could be a good place to start, since they typically provide small amounts of funding at the earliest stages of a startup. You could try contacting entrepreneurship clubs at schools as well, both undergrad and MBA level. Granted, most startups that come out of schools seem to be tech oriented, but I've definitely seen a few hardware ones here and there. At the very least it's a way to spread awareness of your product.
Tav Shande
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Tav Shande Entrepreneur
Sr. Environment Artist. at Sledgehammer Games
I find your question quite interesting. I'm actually in the very early stages of starting a new hardware design. I have a working prototype and a few non-functional prototypes created. The company and product is unlisted since it's so early.

The next step is applying for a hardware accelerator or crowdfunding so that would be a great place to start. As previously stated, places like hacker Dojo would be good too. You can also check in with a few of the rapid prototype printing companies, they are always working with up an coming new hardware devs.
Aren Kaser
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Aren Kaser Advisor
Founder and CEO at Igor Institute
Sanjay, Jessica is right on her list of potential areas to reach out to.

More interesting than your initial question is your company's goal of potentially moving hardware development time to market from 18 months to 3 months. Is there any generic/non-confidential information you would be willing to share with us on how you are planning to do that? That would also inform us on who your target audience is within the startups you are trying to connect with.
Natasha Baker
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Natasha Baker Entrepreneur
Founder of SnapEDA
Hi Sanjay,

I might be able to help out as we have a healthy group of startups using SnapEDA to design electronics. Feel free to private message me
Sanjay Gupta
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Sanjay Gupta Entrepreneur
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Thanks you all !! Great points and pointers. Appreciate it.
Mark J. Ladd
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Mark J. Ladd Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO at LyteShot
Check out Catalyze Chicago in downtown Chicago
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