New Opportunities for Hardware Innovators - SXSW Interactive 2013 by SXSW published on 2013/05/06 20:23:01 +0000 In a world where VCs often shy away from funding hardware inventions, entrepreneurs are finding new ways to ensure hardware innovation makes a comeback. Start-ups were afforded new flexibility in how they raise funds when the JOBS Act was signed last year. There's now greater potential to fuel entrepreneurs inventing new devices, especially when considered with the growing power to build even the most complicated prototypes in an easy, affordable way. Not only are hardware entrepreneurs leading the maker movement, but they are also getting noticed thanks to makerspaces like TechShop workshops that provide members with affordable access to prototyping tools, classes and design software like Autodesk. Those same hardware inventions built at TechShop locations are also getting off the ground with crowd-funding support from sites like Kickstarter, proving that with the right mix of creativity, community, and tools, innovators everywhere can find new opportunities in hardware.