Supporting hardware innovators from concept to commercialisation
What is Elevate
Taking Hardware from concept to commercialization
Elevate supported hardware innovators and founders who desire to design, manufacture and bring to market a hardware product by developing founder capability, reducing execution risk, fostering collaboration and building a stronger ecosytem.
An innovation education series, created by Western BACE and HardworX, funded by LaunchVic, Elevate consisted of meetups, masterclasses, bootcamps and 1-1 expert support.
With content created by hardware innovators experienced with the unique challenges of scaling a hardware company, Elevate helped startups with hardware product development, including anticipating the risks of scaling up, establishing manufacturing and their supply chain, and reducing execution risk.
ELEVATE was not an incubator or accelerator, with the program's content focusing on helping hardware innovators and founder who had progressed past this stage having validated product-market fit.
Whether it be advice from an experienced set of eyes to find a new way look at a problem or network introductions to assist with sourcing of components and suppliers, the ELEVATE program has been a great resource for Bask Aerospace.
- Christopher Wighton, Design Engineer, Bask Aerospace
The program had industry guest speakers who had gone through the hardware manufacturing process recently or is going through that right now. So the information was very current.
- Elevate participant
“The program was gold. It was time well spent for my team and I can see them starting to apply the learnings already. While I have taught them about DFM, quality control etc Vela was able to bring the content together in a complete and systematic package. The Bootcamp was a fantastic compliment to the mentoring we received.”
- Kristy Battista, CTO, Allume Energy
This bootcamp was very informative and helped to identify some of the shortcomings in our manufacturing process. It allowed us the knowledge to implement processes that will help with some of the pain that we are currently feeling.
- Andrew Bate, Co-founder & CEO, SwarmFarm Robotics
The Elevate program laid out the manufacturing process very well in an easy to understand chronological form, from request for quotes through to receiving the first units. In an early startup environment where there still are urgent problems arising each day, the team can struggle to plan properly for tomorrow. It was very helpful to spend a couple of hours each week with Vela going through and planning the next phases. Vela helped to ground the team and gave very good guidance from her vast experiences in the field, provided templates and made introductions. This reduced the confusion for newcomers entering this manufacturing space from a prototyping environment.
- Brenton Gray, Hone Ag
The Elevate team
The Elevate program was created by Western BACE and HardworX with funding from LaunchVic. Elevate was a receipt of LaunchVic's 'Grant Round X', where Western BACE, the lead applicant, was awarded follow-on funding to deliver the ELEVATE program.
ELEVATE was delivered as a not-for-profit, community-driven program.
As the hardware expert behind Elevate, my aim was to create a program which would increase founder capability, reduce execution risk, foster collaboration and build a stronger ecosytem.
- Vela Georgiev, Founder, HardworX
ELEVATE was delivered as a not-for-profit, community-driven program with content created for hardware innovators by hardware innovators experienced with the unique challenges of scaling a hardware company.
Coming into Relectrify from no experience in hardware product company before, there was a massive learning curve across a wide range of skills that were required just to get moving, on top of all the other headaches of starting a company. My input in Elevate is very much from both my own recent history on what would have been useful to me, and also what is useful for me to learn right now! The team behind Elevate is highly focused on making this as valuable as possible to those starting their hardware adventures and I couldn't help but jump on board to aid them in that endeavour.
- Daniel Crowley, Co-founder & CTO, Relectrify
Guest Speakers & Presenters
ELEVATE was supported by startups, scaleups, design houses, manufacturers and industry who came together to build a stronger hardware ecosystem by sharing their knowledge, experience and failures.
ELEVATE is important because there is no purpose-built hardware resource, accelerator and incubator in Victoria and as such the information sharing process is fragmented. Outerspace supported the ELEVATE program because we believe that by improving the capability of hardware innovators and founders we grow the innovation sector to the benefit of all parties within the ecosystem.
- David Menzies, Commercialisation Manager, Outerspace Design