Hardware Venture Launchpad



Hardware Venture Launchpad



Comprehensive program for Hardware Startups!

 April 30 – May 9, 2018

Applications Open March 2018

The startAD Hardware 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 early-stage hardware startup and is free of charge to accepted teams. Startups accepted into the program will gain a foundational understanding of design thinking methodologies, development of a go-to-market strategy, financial planning including valuation 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 hardware startup to life!

Focus Areas:


  • Cleantech – Energy, Renewable energy, Water
  • Electronics
  • Machinery
  • Logistics / Aviation / Construction
  • Connected Cars
  • Medtech
  • IoT products
  • Blockchain enabled hardware solutions
  • Drone technology with a focus on the Logistics, Power, and Oil & Gas industries
  • 3D Printing solutions with industrial application
  • Robotics

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 a foundational understanding in:

  • Design Thinking methodologies and their application
  • Development of a sales plan and go to market strategy
  • Basic financial planning including valuation and funding
  • Connections with manufacturing sources in China and elsewhere
  • Building and presenting a pitch deck for funding


Day 1

Customer Development,

Principles of Ideation

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!

December 2017 Winners

Corporate partners