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Applications close at midnight ET, on August 2nd, 2024. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Please give yourself time before the deadline to submit so that you don't run into any last minute issues.

The Protofacturing Accelerator is open to any hardware company with a proof-of-concept prototype that is looking to advance to a manufacturable product. Accepted teams need to demonstrate progress and achieved milestones to be beyond the early prototyping stage but prior to a manufacturing stage. Both students and professionals – Cornell and non-Cornell – are able to join the accelerator.  During the program, participants refine a proof-of-concept prototype to an engineering prototype while continuing to engage in customer discovery to finalize their business model. Teams will focus on incorporating, funding strategies, cleaning up documentation and advancing their prototype to a manufacturable design.   

Ideal* candidates have a:
  • Dedicated full-time team (prefer at least two people, but one person can qualify)
  • In process of incorporating their business
  • Validated product market fit through customer discovery and/or user-testing
  • Functioning prototype that performs all basic device requirements
  • Has developed a funding strategy (non-dilutive, venture capital, crowd-funded, etc)
*You do not need to meet all above criteria in order to apply.

Our protofacturing accelerator consists of 4 
tailored tracks:
  • Classic Track: Open to innovators in any field, Rev’s classic track provides foundational training across ALL industries.
  • AgTech Track: Agriculture technology startups are immersed in specialized training and connected to experts and potential partners within the agriculture industry. Ideas can span from growing to food processing. Team's will be in proximity to the Cornell Agriculture Life Science (CALS) school resources.
  • MedTech TrackOffered in partnership with Cornell Biomedical Engineering and Weill Cornell, the new MedTech track provides innovators developing medical devices access to specialized prototyping equipment, regulatory resources, and research and medical professionals in the field.
  • ClimateTech TrackClimatetech startups are placed in a like-minded cohort, matched with clean energy and clean tech mentors, and learn from guest speakers in the field. Startups should be able to identify a reduction in Green House Gas emissions.
Companies/Teams can apply to only 1 track at a time. Apply to which track you believe is most applicable to your product. If you are interested in joining the AgTech, MedTech or ClimateTech tracks, you must explain in the application below how your product "fits" within the industry track. 

Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please reach out to Rev@RevIthaca.com.
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Team Member Information
Your team lead should be someone of standing in your company who will most directly interact with the Rev team throughout the program.





















Development Support
In addition to regular programming, teams selected for development support will gain access to Rev's shop and engineering team to help with design and development. This level of support is suited for teams who may not have full-time or contracting engineers on their team. This can include a variety of different projects that will be discussed if you are selected for development support (determined by August 9). 

In order to be considered for this level of this program, we acknowledge that in addition to regular programming, our team will be able to dedicate 1 hours/week to meet with Rev's engineering team and and additional 1-2 hours of documentation/offline communication.

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