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Meet the 8th class of hardware startups from HAX

An accelerator called HAX held its 8th Demo Day for hardware startups in San Francisco yesterday. Best known for bringing companies in its portfolio to Shenzhen, China for about 15 weeks to get to know everything they can about manufacturing there, Hax is funded by SOS Ventures.

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Smart Cities Accelerator: Urban-X

Conventional wisdom holds that New York is the greatest city in the world, so what better place for an accelerator focused on technological innovations that will push the “smart city” forward? Urban-X, a collaboration between Hax and the car company Mini, kicked off its first batch of incubatees in NYC back in March.

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Take a closer look at Asia’s accelerators (INFOGRAPHIC)

Startup accelerators are everywhere. Started in the US by Y-Combinator a decade ago, they’ve grown almost exponentially and are now a fixture in the tech world. With little or no resources, founders turn to these accelerators for mentorship, office space, connections, and funding, hoping to transform their idea into the next multimillion-dollar company.

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Build your brand, and they will come

Your hardware startup got some buzz and you beat your crowdfunding target. You’ve lived on planes to set up production, and have even been a featured speaker at some hot tech events. At last, you’re ready for the orders to start rolling in!

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Accelerating Biotech at Startup Speed

IndieBio, a seed-stage biotech accelerator, believes we can reprogram life to solve “intractable problems.” It’s helping companies develop faster solutions to those problems with $200,000 in cash and $50,000 in resources, for which the accelerator gets 8 percent equity.

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Forget the glamour, it’s a tough life out there: one venture capitalist’s hard truths on running start-ups and doing business in China

William Bao Bean, a partner at Shanghai venture capital firm SOSV, works with more than 120 start-ups every year. Bao Bean, who is also managing director of two venture capital firms – Shanghai software-focused Chinacceleratoras well as MOX, focused on mobile technology – tells us about his businesses and the reality of starting up your […]

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State of the food entrepreneur services industry

Once fringe foods are migrating toward the middle as alternative eating goes mainstream. The recently wrapped Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco reported “record sales of the $109 billion specialty food industry” and its biggest turnout in 41 years, “a 16 percent increase above 2015 [attendance].”

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IoT is the hottest investment choice for APAC accelerators

The last four years have seen a surge in the startup accelerator space within the APAC region. According to a report on the startup accelerator sector in Asia and Oceania published by Fundacity — an investment platform connecting startups to investors — 2012 saw the launch of 22 new accelerators, the most in any year […]

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Go Global mission to China: The top five takeaways

Take 40 great British businesses to China for a three day Go Global mission and what do you get? A head full of information on how to break into the market, inspiring moments with western and Chinese entrepreneurs, and connections to last a lifetime. Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation founder, reflects on her top five takeaways from […]

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LIFE INSIDE THE FOOD-X ACCELERATOR

Do you wonder what’s it like to be a start-up tech company inside an accelerator? Maybe you’re thinking – what the hell’s an accelerator? Find out when in-studio guest Arne Pauwels, Wakati CEO, talks about his experience going through the Food-X accelerator now in New York.

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Bay Area Biotech: A Petri Dish of Innovation

The Bay Area’s biotech industry makes global waves. Considering more than $3.9 billion was invested in the industry in America (compared to $4.7 billion raised globally), it’s a sure bet that what’s happening here is having an international effect. What does this mean to organizations in Oakland and San Francisco? Let’s explore.

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Moderators at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

At the China Speakers Bureau, we mostly organize excellent experts on different fields regarding China. But our clients now and then are also looking for people who can guide an debate, host an event an act as moderators. A few of our speakers have earned their stripes in the way, and here are a few of […]

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Prototype to product: how to manage your manufacturing

Manufacturing is one of the final obstacles for hardware startups and it can be a rage-inducing affair. Flaky suppliers, the belated realization that crucial parts aren’t easily made or found, and the huge cost of a defective product run could spell the end of a small, pre-revenue company.

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HAXLR8R changes name and boosts funding for hardware startups

HAXLR8R, the Shenzhen, China and San Francisco hardware accelerator that works with startups to teach them how to manufacture their own products, has changed its name to the friendlier HAX Accelerator as of this Monday. It also now has up to $300,000 to offer participants in its program, up from $100,000, according to Benjamin Joffe, […]

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