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This Company Helps Create Fundable Prototypes Fast An L.A. accelerator focuses on hardware prototyping.

By Brittany Shoot

This story appears in the December 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Chris DeLorenzo
Aid for inventors: Noramay Cadena of Make in LA.

Make in LA has an ambitious goal: enabling hardware-focused entrepreneurs to develop fundable prototypes in just four months. In its first year, the accelerator received nearly 100 applicants, all vying for a spot in the maker space, plus $150,000 distributed in two rounds of funding. In January, the program graduates its inaugural class of four teams, whose creations include a biosignal- tracking wristband; an impact-monitorinwg mouthguard that can help athletes avoid aggravating head injuries; a tracking device for skateboards; and a robotic toy that teaches kids as young as 4 to code. Applications are being accepted for 2016.

We sat down with co-founder and general manager Noramay Cadena to learn how inventors can get their big break with Make in LA.

Why is Los Angeles a natural home for a hardware hub?

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