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Start-Up Track

Join the Start-Up Track

The Start-Up Track supports entrepreneurs who address problems in various industries and fields by incubating early-stage ventures as they begin their journey toward commercialization.

The Start-Up Track offers structure and support to take your innovative design from concept and 3D prototype all the way to mass production and commercial success.

This track is ideal for start-ups, entrepreneurs, designers, architects, and a range of engineers, including mechanical, electrical, aerospace and robotics.

An ideal DFZ start-up is able to demonstrate the following:

  • A business dedicated to solving a compelling problem along with a desire to innovate by design
  • A driven, coachable and collaborative leadership team
  • An initial version of a product concept and a need for further prototyping and/or product development
  • A co-founder or lead collaborator dedicated to product development
  • A defined business model and some form of market validation (preferred but not required)