With an original crowdfund-to-production service jointly launched with crowd-funding portal Indiegogo, Arrow Electronics aims to certify the manufacturability and supply chain completeness of startups' new designs. But that's not all.
Entrepreneurs can apply for Arrow certification on the Indiegogo platform and the electronic components distributor will have its engineers analyze the design and the manufacturability of each application. Projects deemed “ready for manufacturing” will be denoted with official “Arrow Certified” badges on their Indiegogo campaign site to let potential backers know the project is ready for production.
“Arrow Certified” campaigns on Indiegogo will lock-in up to $50,000 in benefits that help entrepreneurs succeed in prototyping and manufacturing their innovative products, claims the distributor.
These benefits include direct, online access to the prototyping tools available through Arrow.com and Silicon Expert, comprehensive technical reviews of the raw materials, sub-assemblies, intermediate assemblies, sub-components, parts and the quantities of each needed to manufacture a product, professional design-for-manufacturing product reviews and certification, and up to $1,000 in materials for prototype development.
The distributor will also give free access to its Arrow Testdrive program to try out the latest innovations from leading semiconductor manufacturers with no up-front investment. In some instances, it will offer customized marketing and promotional support on its website and through its extensive technology-focused media network.
Remember that last summer, Arrow bought EE Times and EDN in North America and Asia, Embedded.com and TechOnline.