HOW WE ACCELERATE

your startup?

It’s easy… Years of experience of our investors, partners, mentors, advisors and managers in hardware and software development, coupled with the entire acceleration experience of Darwin Startups!

Discover our features

Execution and market access are our strengths

Partners and mentors

We bring together a team of Corporate Partners and Mentors with years of experience in the software and hardware industry. From prototype, to certification and to the first batch and also from manufacturing in Southeast Asia to distribution.

Investment

Up to R$ 300K of investment in exchange of 5% to 15% stake, for pilot lot development to product-channel-fit for traction and distribution. In addition to approaching the largest VC funds in Brazil and abroad. In addition to approaching the largest VC funds in Brazil and abroad.

Prototyping labs.

In partnership with the Institute of Industry (SENAI-SC / FIESC) and PRODUZA we provide a laboratory for prototyping and hardware development supporting up to your pilot lot.

Market Access

Together with our partners we enable the products to be validated by customers in the market, within their establishments. There are several possibilities to access points of sale that enable the collection of feedbacks about the developed products!

Access to Innovation Grants

We have partners, advisors and mentors recognized for their ability to raise tens of millions of dollars in resources, they will be assisting in writing and applying the projects to funding notices.

Incentive Programs

Get details on how your company fits into municipal, state and federal tax incentive policies.

The beginning of your journey with HARDS

We start with the on-line application where we will analyze all submissions and select the ones that fit the most in the HARDS thesis for a 1 hour interview with the founders. Those selected for the next phase will participate in the face-to-face HARDS Day at our headquarters in Floripa. Those who stand out the most will be part of the HARDS Factory, also at our headquarters with mentors and experts from HARDS, partners and Darwin Startups. In the acceleration phase, the selected members receive assistance from HARDS mentors and partners in addition to capital investment to accelerate startup development!

Startups accelerated

Batch #1

Mentors

Alan Freeman

Hobie Cat Founder and Atalaia Group CEO

Aldrwin Hamad

Prof. Product Design at IFSC

Alexandre Turozi

2pra1 CEO

Carlos Alberto Fadul

Produza CEO

Cláudia Romani

Project Manager - Edital SENAI/SESI

Diego Ramos

TELTEC CEO

Edson Mackeenzy

Investment Director at TheVentureCity

Fabíola Sena Vieira

Statkraft International Affairs Director

Fabricio Hertz

Horus CEO

Felipe Gallotti

Internationalization Manager at Sebrae-SC / Figabank

Guilherme Rodrigues

CERTI New Business

Ismael Rogério Silva

Softcon CEO

Luc Pinheiro

Technical Director Sebrae SC

Marcos Lichtblau

Automatisa Advisor - VP Finance ACATE

Mauro Poy

Market Director at ACIF

Murilo Canova

CEO Ocean Drop

Norberto Dias

Director at Ahgora

Paulo Violada

Innovation Manager at SENAI

Pierre Mattei

DireCtor - ISI Embedded systems SENAI

Rodrigo Rossoni

President at ACIF

Thiago Mantovani

Manager - Cooperative Production Center at CERTI

Our perks

As part of the HARDS acceleration program, companies and entrepreneurs have access to dozens of benefits valued over R$ 500K, the famous PERKS. Cloud Service, CRMs, marketing tools, legal advice and hardware development and much more.