Hardware Venture Launchpad



Hardware Venture Launchpad



Comprehensive program for Hardware Startups!


 April 29 – May 9, 2018


Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

The startAD Venture Launchpad is an intensive 10-day program designed to help startups rapidly mature into a scalable business within a short time span. It is open to any startups with a prototype and is free of charge to accepted teams. Startups accepted into the program will refine and improve their understanding of customer discovery validation and development methodologies, development of a go-to-market strategy, financial planning and funding.

Note: Startups accepted into the Venture Launchpad are required to attend all 10 days of the program.


Join us in Abu Dhabi to bring your startup to life!

Focus Areas:

  • Logistics
  • IoT products
  • Electronics
  • Blockchain enabled hardware solutions
  • Drone technology
  • 3D Printing solutions with industrial application
  • Robotics
  • VR
  • AI

Why Apply:


  • Access Al Warsha, our cutting-edge prototyping facility
  • Win a grant to build your prototype
  • Get introduced to the local ecosystem in China
  • Work in the startAD co-working space
  • Access our partners’ prototyping labs in China
  • Be considered for mentorship and investment by startAD

What does the program offer:

Gain an understanding in:

  • Sales plan, go to market strategy and a feasible business model
  • Financial planning including valuation and funding
  • Connections with manufacturing sources in China and elsewhere
  • Pitching for funding

Information Session Dates

Join us for our information sessions where we will be sharing more information about the program in detail, and you can find out what we are looking for when reviewing applications, there will also be a question and answer session.


April 4, 2018 @ Bakery, Warehouse 84,
Al Serkal Avenue,

Abu Dhabi

April 8, 2018 @ startAD Central, Conference Centre (A6),
New York University Abu Dhabi


Day 1

Customer Development

Day 2

Problem-Solution Fit,

Market Sizing


Day 6

Customer Validation,

Marketing Strategies,

Sales Channel Options

Day 3

Business Canvas Model,

Value Proposition,

Customer Discovery

Day 7

Customer Creation,

Growth Hacking,

Branding & PR

Day 4

MVP, Prototyping Methods,

Operational Efficiency,

Manufacturing in China

Day 8


Angel investors,

VC review & motivations

Day 5

Unit Economics,

Revenue Models,

Competitive Analysis

Day 9

How to Hire/ Fire,

Seeking Advisors,

Building a Board

Day 10

Investor Day!

Corporate partners

December 2017 Winners