Hardware startup incubator Highway1 revealed part of its first-ever class of startups today, whose work ranged from a connected ring to a circuit board meant to further cut the cost of solar power.
“We took a leap. We’re building wings on the way down, but we’re getting there,” said Liam Casey, CEO of PCH International, which backs Highway1.
Seven out of 11 of Highway1′s startups pitched their hardware to a crowd gathered at the new PCH headquarters in Potrero Hill, a San Francisco neighborhood that CEO Liam Casey dubbed the burgeoning hub of the “hardware renaissance.”
Highway1 was founded in 2013 when PCH became interested in working with startups at an even earlier stage than its existing accelerator targeted. It focuses on helping companies navigate manufacturing in China, plus prototyping and refining their hardware. Highway1 president Brady Forrest opened applications for its second class at the Gigaom Roadmap conference in November. The incubator is now selecting startups for a March 10 start date.
While several of the startups from the original class are still in stealth mode, here’s a look at the four that spoke publicly today.