We are excited to announce that Hardware Workshop is coming to Paris on June 15th! Being our first international workshop this will be a one day event.
Hardware workshop is an event for hardware startup founders. Taught by experienced operators, it’s purpose is simple: Teach important lessons to the next generation of hardware entrepreneurs.
What makes this workshop unique is the quality of the content, the deep operational experience of the teachers, and the long term connections you will make. Hand curated, each teacher covers a unique topic that falls within the startup’s life cycle from an idea to reaching market fit.
Who Should Attend?
This is our Level 1 program for hardware startups that are between idea and successfully shipping their first product. This is a compressed, one day format so we have 6 different 60 minute sessions, taught by experienced operators, covering a variety of topics from defining your product to picking the right suppliers to successfully launching your company.
What Will I Learn?
Lots. We will have 6 different 60 minute sessions on:
- Stages of Product Development
- Customer Development and Prototyping
- Raising seed funding
- How to pick a contract manufacturer
- Hardware by the numbers: Rules of thumb when building a hardware company
Monday, June 15th. Doors open at 9:00am
Sessions run every hour (except for lunch) from 10am – 5pm.
Followed by Happy Hour
Usine 181 – 183 rue du Chevaleret, 75013 Paris
(EUR 20 for Usine.io members)
This includes breakfast, lunch, beverages, and happy hour. Being entrepreneurs we are sensitive to charging for events, but we found a minimum amount enables us to make the events better (good food, audio/video equipment, location, organizer help, etc), while ensuring you are committed to the event.
How Do I Attend?
First you have to apply. We only have 100 open spots. We are looking for startup teams who are working on a hardware product and who really want to attend. We aren’t judging what people are building, just verifying people are actually building hardware. Otherwise the lessons we’re teaching can’t be applied. If your application is accepted you will get an email to purchase a spot.
How Do I Buy A Ticket?
Once you are accepted you will be emailed a code to purchase your ticket.
If you have any other questions just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who Is Teaching?
Ben Einstein – Bolt
Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer and entrepreneur. Ben is currently the Managing Director of Bolt, a seed-stage fund that invests capital, personnel, equipment, and expertise in hardware startups. Bolt provides companies with capital, staff, shop equipment, and extensive expertise with manufacturing and commercialization. Prior to starting Bolt, Ben ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy in Massachusetts. Ben has been directly responsible for bringing a long list of products to market covering diverse sectors including consumer electronics, high-performance audio, sporting goods and green energy.@BenEinstein
Scott Miller – Dragon Innovation
Scott is the CEO of Dragon Innovation, a company whose mission is to help hardware entrepreneurs succeed in every phase of the journey from a crowdfunding to manufacturing at scale. Prior to founding Dragon, Scott spent 10 years at iRobot and was responsible for setting up and leading the team that manufactured Roomba, Scooba, Looj and ConnectR. Scott is also a General Partner at Bolt, and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Olin College and taught the Mechanical Design and the Design for Manufacture courses. @DragonInnovate
Benjamin Carlu – Usine IO
Mechanical Engineer graduated from ENSAM (FR), he launched his first cleantch startup in 2005, designing Solar systems for home application. After the sale of the company in 2007, he joined Demeter Partners, the leading European Cleantech VC firm where he followed investments in several solar, wind and waste treatment firms. In 2013, he founded Usine IO in order to bring to the inventors and innovators comunity better tools and infrastructures to bring hardware products to the market. @UsineIO
Barbara Belvisi – Hardware Club
Barbara is an expert on all things Hardware and regular speaker at tech conferences. She is a co-founder of the Hardware Club, which has helped more than 100 founders build and scale amazing hardware companies. Barbara is also co-founder of Elephants and Ventures, a venture boutique whose portfolio includes Prynt, Lima, ISKN, and Keecker. She has been in the Venture Capital industry for many years and has invested in more than 15 startups. Recently, Barbara co-authored a book on the IoT. @Hardware_Club
Benjamin Joffe – Hax
Benjamin is General Partner of HAXLR8R (“HAX”), the first accelerator building “lean hardware startups”. An expert on startup ecosystems with 14 years experience in China, Japan, Korea and USA, he has been invited to speak in over 200 events across 23 countries including at TEDx, SXSW, LeWeb, TechCrunch Disrupt, GMIC, Stanford, Berkeley and INSEAD.
Prior to HAX, Benjamin founded the consultancy Plus Eight Star Ltd., and worked with clients such as Microsoft, Tumblr and Harvard Business School to identify innovative services in Asia’s digital space. Benjamin is also an angel investor in Asia-based and hardware startups. @BenjaminJoffe