hards factory

It is our equity-free pre-acceleration program, part of the Acceleration program investment selection process.

It’s all about team and your startup

In 7 batches, with large corporations as partners, Darwin Startups has shaped a process for selecting startups that helps to find the best ones to be part of the acceleration program. In addition, a step in the process that greatly helps the development of entrepreneurs and startups. The so-called Natural Selection was adapted for HARDS by creating the Hards Factory.

Get customers

Conversations with HARDS partners and mentors to develop first-time customer acquisition strategies.

Get funded

With the help of our partners, mentors and advisors, we intend to analyze the possibilities of raising funds for your startup through promotional notices, tax incentives or angel investors. Some possibilities may be Embrapii, Edital Senai Sesi Inovação, Lei de Informática, PPB, among others. We have experts who can help with these innovations Grants.


It is not necessary to give equity away to participate in Factory. At the end of the program you can be selected to receive investment and participate in our acceleration.

How it works

Those selected for the new HARDS Factory class are announced! After that, there will be 6-7 weeks of the program.

Take a look at each week: