Los Angeles is now officially a maker town as the city is now home to its first hardware accelerator – Make in LA. Housed in Chatsworth, the accelerator has recently inducted its first class of four startups which came from near and far – from Shanghai, Bangalore, New York, and of course Los Angeles.
The 4 month program program offers up to $150K in financing to each of the startups, in addition to workspace that features a prototype workshop, warehousing and logistics, and even a full-sized fire truck! The program was cofounded by Shaun Arora and Noramay Cadena and is backed by contract manufacturer NEO Tech. The group hopes to leverage their expertise and resources to allow hardware entrepreneurs to rapidly prototype, deploy to market, and ultimately manufacture at scale – something that hasn’t been easy to do given the capital intensive requirements typically associated with hardware.
Let’s take a look at the four startups that are in the initial batch from Make it in LA.