H.A.R.D. (Hardware Advisory and Resource Development) Clinic

Tech-Up Accelerator - REI Foundation


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Service description

The HARD Clinic aims to promote an integrated, theoretical-practical service in the form of an intensive development workshop, covering both the strategic sphere and the engineering development/refinement of an hardware product, addressed to startups, corporate/academic spinoffs and products outside the core-business of established companies. Delivered to manufacturing companies, with a special focus on agritech, mechanical, mechatronics, cleantech and mobility verticals, as they are trending sectors of the Motor Valley and the Food Valley in which Fondazione REI operates. To this, Fondazione REI will leverage the expertise of its "divisions," Tech-Up Accelerator and Digital Automation Lab (DAL). The first will work with the client to identify a need and validate its target market response, refine business and profit models and the best go-to-market and fundraising strategy. In parallel, the DAL will support with the technical implementation of the product and testing within its pilot line focused on the enabling technologies and solutions for the “factory of the future”, considering both technical knowledge and industrial-relevant instruments (Cobots, automatic vehicles (AGV, AMR), AI enabled Vision Systems, AI applications, automated warehouse, 2D bin picking and others). Furthermore, Fondazione REI will support in the identification of potential target customers and corporates of the area to validate the solution with, to implement a proper technology transfer and development.

Sector agnostic
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Disclaimer related to service

The service is particularly fitted for projects related to our areas of specialization (namely automation and robotics, mechatronics & advanced manufacturing; industrial iot; automotive; agri-tech; electrification, hydrogen/biogas applications & cleantech, AI application).

Financial requirements

Basic support (24 hours coaching)- €3000; extended support (48 hours coaching)- €6000.