MVP Accelerator 2020 Application
Program Outline:

This full-time 12-week program is designed for early stage-hardware startups that have identified a market need, have a functional prototype and would benefit from access to advanced prototyping equipment and know-how to develop an MVP and secure industry/customer trials.

Program Outcomes:

By completing this program, participants will be best prepared to undertake industry trials and start collecting accurate data on the benefits and scope of use of their products. This program is designed to address the gaps present within existing industry-specific accelerator programs that are not able to adequately assist startups throughout their product development stages.

The program provides the ideal platform to make the transition from an early-stage project to a full-scale business opportunity. Participating startups that arrive with a product with potential, limited market testing, some expertise and a lot of energy, will leave with a validated MVP and a more targeted and clear market strategy as well as high quality material to assist with pitching the product for industry trials.

Investment opportunity:

Startups accepted into the MVP Accelerator Program focusing on clean energy technologies (energy efficiency technologies, low emission technologies and renewable energy technologies) and agtech may be offered seed capital investment from Artesian Venture Capital firm, in return for equity.

Startups developing hardware technologies in other sectors may also have opportunities for investment in return for equity.

We are looking for:

For this cohort, we are prioritising scalable innovative startups developing solutions (with a hardware component) in the clean energy, agtech and water innovation spaces.

Applications are open to anyone, who is working towards products in the following fields:

energy efficiency technologies
low emission technologies
renewable energy technologies
technology to accelerate agri-food R&D
on farm efficiency
food processing technology
new food products
water innovation

There is also scope for startups that specialise in different areas but that still contributes to clean energy. This includes fields like transport, energy generation, waste management, etc.

While we are prioritising the aforementioned categories, applications are open to all hardware startups that have an initial working prototype.

Why are we different from other Accelerator Programs?

We have 6 dedicated staff members that actively help startups progress in the areas of mechatronics, design and commercialisation as well as the usual mentor workshops
You have access to state of the art prototyping equipment at one location
We have a partnership with Artesian Venture Capital and other investors specifically for Hardware startups
We offer access to our wide range of national and international manufacturing networks

Key dates:

15 March Application close
7 April MVP Accelerator starts
26 June MVP Accelerator ends
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