Meet the 4 Hottest Hardware Startups in LA Right Now

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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.




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About the author: Reza Chowdhury

Recognized as a global thought leader in the startup ecosystem, Reza Chowdhury offers more than 15 years experience in emerging technology, which he brings to AlleyWatch as CEO and Founder. Through the course of his career, Reza has had the privilege of working to drive businesses from conception to eventual exit by deploying the acumen gained in his previous roles. His latest professional endeavors have allowed him to work very closely with thriving global technology and startup ecosystem.

Reza is also the founder of New York Startup Lab, which brings technology and knowledge based solutions to the entrepreneurial community with a specific focus on early stage companies. He began his career as securities trader on Wall Street.

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Reza is also an advisor to SD Asia and Dublin Globe, two organizations that are fostering the growth of local entrepreneurial ecosystems as well as an Mentor to the Grameenphone Accelerator.

Reza holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Georgetown University and completed his bachelors in Economics at the University at Albany. Reza has also completed certification programs in Private Equity and Venture Capital at Oxford University as well as International Business at New York University.

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