10x founder, Altay Guvench, and myself, 10x’s brand director, have recently been serving as mentors at Highway1: PCH International’s impressive incubator for early hardware startups. The program is led by a strong leadership team and focuses on “innovation and entrepreneurship, mentoring and assisting hardware makers to build companies” and has already produced a number of successes, including RINGLY, Navdy and Drop.
Each semester, the program grants a dozen startups access to the wealth of expertise and reach of PCH’s custom manufacturing organization, which is based in Shenzhen, South China, and has US headquarters in San Francisco along with 9 other offices around the world. Launched in June 2013, the Highway1 incubator program is now accepting applications for their Winter 2015 class. The company makes a compelling offering to promising companies needing a proven roadmap for bringing products to market – granting each startup $50,000 in cash in addition to the benefits of prototyping labs, mentor network, location, and global connections. Find more info on the program and how to apply via their website.