We're here to democratize manufacturing by giving startups access to the same tools and expertise used by major hardware companies, like a facility with experienced designers and engineers who know hardware, and can grow products from prototype to full-scale manufacturing. A partner with advanced technology that "gets" manufacturing and mass scaling.
Lab IX gives you access to a network with connections in the heart of the Silicon Valley and around the world, that can deliver you the right channels for manufacturing and distribution with the fastest time to market.
Flextronics Lab IX has the scale, scope and speed to accelerate your product from concept to market. We can build anything and deliver it anywhere. And we're looking for innovations that will change the world.
At Lab IX you'll gain access to our global end-to-end supply chain solutions, experience in hardware design, manufacturing and logistics across most markets. You'll also benefit from our specialized partners at an unprecedented scale.
We impact nearly every industry and help the world's best brands take their products to market all over the world, with incredible speed.
We can help yours too!
You need a beta or functional prototype to demonstrate your product, seed-funding, and a well developed business plan.
Unlike most programs, our application process is always open and we have rolling admissions. This way, we can make investment decisions continuously while speeding your time to market once you're accepted.
To see what Lab IX can do for you, check out how Flextronics partnered with ICEdot to breathe life into its Crash Sensor.
Once accepted into the program, the following IX resources will be available:
We offer a customized investment package based on your needs that may include funding and engineering services.
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Head of Lab IX
Lior has a successful history investing in startups and corporate M&A, focused on high tech companies working with cross-functional and international founding teams. Before joining Lab IX as the Program Director, he created excellence in sales, business development and strategic partnerships for a variety of hardware and software companies. He serves on the board of Boardwalktech and Amiigo, and holds a degree from the Ruppin Academy in Israel. An avid athlete, Lior is currently training for a triathlon.
Principal, Director of Investments
Oshri is an experienced investor with a passion for disruptive and breakthrough technologies. Prior to joining Lab IX to lead the investment team, he led the internal innovation team at Deloitte, developing close ties to the Israeli VC community. Oshri holds degrees in business and law from IDC Herzliya, Israel and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas. A relentless tech hobbyist and passionate gamer, Oshri is always up for a challenge. He also enjoys the pro-amateur poker scene.
Principal, Director of Development
Winnie is a manufacturing and product development expert who champions entrepreneurship. Prior to Lab IX, she worked in R&D and product development in the semiconductor and data storage sectors, as a critical contributor to several startups in the hardware and big data space. Winnie holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A true adventurer, Winnie enjoys hiking, skiing and travel.
Portfolio Manager, Lab IX
Joshua has taken the long way to the tech industry and brings a broad, diverse and professional background to his business development role. In his former life, Joshua identified, evaluated and managed real estate and financial investment transactions in the US, Israel, Thailand, Germany, Russia, Vietnam and various countries in Latin America. Joshua graduated from Georgetown University and obtained his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has no spare time but when he finds some, he enjoys yoga, hiking, and exploring the local food scene.
As Sr. Director of Strategic Investments at Flextronics, James couples his passion for entrepreneurship with a strong background in corporate finance to drive growth. After financial leadership roles at Caterpillar, telecom equipment maker GENBAND, and Dell, James founded a 3-time Inc. 500 e-commerce company. With a unique perspective as both investor and founder, James is an invaluable resource as startups begin to scale their operations. James holds a B.S. in Finance from Purdue University.
Rob is an experienced, dedicated legal resource for the Lab IX program and works with the team to provide creative and efficient solutions for a wide assortment of issues. Prior to joining Lab IX, Rob served as general counsel for an e-commerce start-up, and as an associate in a large Silicon Valley law firm servicing various technology clients.
Ruvi is President of Strategic Partnerships at Flextronics, in charge of building and developing strategic business relationships with technology companies, both domestically and internationally. With nearly thirty years in engineering and business development, he founded Uniscor, a leader in electronic manufacturing services, which was acquired by Flextronics in 2000. Ruvi holds a BS in electrical engineering from the Technion in Israel.
Dr. Erik H. Volkerink is the chief technology officer (CTO) at Flextronics and manages the company's global technology portfolio. Erik develops and grows global design and engineering business, helping customers create competitive products efficiently by leveraging Flextronics scale of capabilities, components and platforms worldwide. Before Flextronics, Erik served as CTO and VP of global technology, research and innovation at Advantest Americas. As a consulting professor at Stanford University he led research in design-for-manufacturability techniques in collaboration with industry partners. He is chair of the Cost of Test section of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) and the IEEE International Test Conference. He also founded ATE Vision, the premier conference in the area of automated test equipment sponsored by IEEE and SEMI and is a two-time winner of the most successful IEEE/TTTC event award. Dr. Volkerink holds a Doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and Masters degrees in business administration from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and control engineering from the University of Twente in The Netherlands.
Murad is the VP of the Advanced Engineering Group at Flextronics. With over 29 years of industry experience in the electronics, semiconductor and material sciences fields, Murad has spent the last 17 years in leadership roles in engineering, product development, testing and operations management. Prior to joining Flextronics in 1998, he worked for MSL, Micromodule Systems, Matheson Semi-Gas, Raychem and Firestone Development Center. Murad holds a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from University of Cincinnati, and has been published in over 20 industry and scholarly journals.
John is VP Engineering & Technology Development for Flextronics High Velocity Solutions (HVS). HVS and customers range from global multinational corporations to cutting edge technology startups. John has held various leadership roles within Flextronics over the last 13 years and has 25 years industry experience in operations, manufacturing technologies, and product development with companies such as Honeywell, Motorola, and Newell-Rubbermaid. John holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University and a BS Industrial Engineering from Millikin University.
Anita is the VP of Global Technology, Products and Markets in charge of driving Flextronics' global technology roadmap and various breakthrough innovation initiatives in our design centers globally and specifically in our Silicon Valley Shared Innovation Labs. She has a proven track record of identifying emerging technology trends, building strong teams, running large engineering operations, and growing successful product lines and divisions while consistently delivering innovative products to markets. Prior to joining Flextronics in 2013, Anita was the General Manager and Business Unit head of the Precision Signal Path Division at Texas instruments where she built and led a team of Product Line Managers, and engineering teams, including Design, Applications, Product Definition, Test and Quality Assurance, across multiple geographical locations, including 7 design and application centers in the USA, Europe, India and China. Prior to Texas Instruments, Anita held various business and technology leadership roles, at National Semiconductor and Maxim integrated. Anita has a BSEE from VJTI Mumbai, MSEE from Virginia Tech and an Executive MBA from Stanford University.
Kenji is the VP of Product and Technology Management for Flextronics Connectivity. He has extensive experience with connected home and digital multimedia product design and development and prior to joining Flextronics, as an entrepreneur, Kenji founded and successfully exited high tech startup companies. He has worked for leading technology companies like Cisco/Scientific-Atlanta, Nagravision, and Iomega. Kenji holds a Bachelor degree from Georgia Tech and a Masters in Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.
As Sr. Director of Product Technologies at Flextronics, Lenny leads an engineering team responsible for developing product technologies and manufacturing processes for consumer electronics. With over 20 years of experience in the design and manufacture of consumer products in Engineering Management, Product Management, R & D Engineering and Product Design, Lenny has held positions at Pentair Inc. and Eastman Kodak Company. An inventor with 13 patents, Lenny has a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Lab IX provides a world class level of service and knowledge. We take the extra effort to understand your customer and your brand. Our team brings together Flextronics experts in multiple industries with the technical knowhow as well as leaders from Lab IX's network of partners to create a comprehensive ecosystem to assure you're prepared for success.
An innovative team needs a work environment to match.
Our laboratory enables rapid product prototyping and provides close proximity to both your Lab IX office space and technical experts at the Flextronics Product Innovation Center (PIC).
Your team will have private areas, self-contained workshops, prototyping tables and easy access to the tools and capabilities you need. You'll also have community spaces to relax, refuel, and connect with other startups to share ideas and solve problems.
Draw from our 44 years of expertise in design for manufacturing.
Flextronics has produced thousands of products for the world's most valuable brands, with a wide range of complexity across nearly every industry.
Lab IX maximizes the economies of scale of Flextronics' centralized core services, such as manufacturing, procurement, logistics, IT and industry-specific design, engineering and original design and manufacturing (ODM) services. We have over 3,000 design engineers focused on assembly and microelectronics packaging, automation, DFx services, reliability testing and failure analysis, test development, and value engineering to deliver an unparalleled product design and manufacturing experience.
Our partner IDEO provides you access to industrial design services. Through early involvement in concept generation and evaluation, we help with the development of complex designs and systems, ensuring that your creative vision can become a cost competitive manufactured product.
Disruptive, cutting-edge products require the most advanced technology equipment available.
Flextronics invests millions in manufacturing, prototyping and test equipment to ensure we have the best technology available to create the next generation of products.
Lab IX is located within our Silicon Valley PIC and has access to the best new product introduction technology and services available. The PIC provides the most advanced 3D plastic and metal printers, Surface Mount Technology (SMT), X-ray and test equipment, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, anodizing, advanced automation, microelectronics packaging, RF technologies and completely confidential work spaces to support rapid innovation-to-market.
Disruptive products draw ideas from more than one industry.
Flextronics is a global leader with vast experience in nearly every market. We understand product convergence. Our smart eco-system of shared design components, platforms and global operations harness the power of intelligence across industries to optimize product design, lower supply chain and manufacturing costs, increase flexibility to change directions on a dime and reduce time-to-market.
Flextronics markets include data networking, telecom, enterprise computing and storage, industrial, capital equipment, appliances, automation, medical, automotive, aerospace and defense, energy, mobile, computing and other electronic product categories.
You can count on the global reach and flexibility of Flextronics scale of over a 100 design, manufacturing and services operations in 30 countries on four continents.
You'll benefit from our ability to scale up rapidly and transition your product to any of our facilities around the world to achieve optimal costs, results, and speed to market.
Our global physical infrastructure and simulation process are designed to extend beyond the design and product into actually looking at how the factory line layout will come together for mass production. This enables Lab IX to take your product rapidly into new regions and markets.
Flextronics knows how to optimize supply chains and build quality vendor relationships.
Your startup will benefit from our 44 years of supply chain management and manufacturing experience as you grow from a small team to a global company.
Our complete suite of planning, optimization, execution, visibility and risk management services provide end-to-end visibility into inventories, order progress and real time information for speed of decision making.
Once your product is retail ready, we'll help you get it on the shelf.
Flextronics' customer base in a broad variety of markets has the potential to become yours. Flextronics and Lab IX partner market presence spans from early adopters to massive corporations.
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Our dynamic acceleration program offers rolling acceptance for dedicated hardware startups with working prototypes.
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