Avnet, Kickstarter & Dragon team up to support hardware creators

Creators, inventors, startups, makers … whatever you call them, they’re our kind of people. Never content with the status quo, they’ve been a part of the Avnet story from the beginning. Earlier this year, we took our commitment to hardware creators one step further by announcing our partnership with Kickstarter and Dragon to help guide independent hardware creators in mastering the challenges of design and manufacturing.

Together, we’ve launching a program to offer the resources and support to guide the hardware community as they design a product, develop a plan and manufacture within the world of Kickstarter. Creators can benefit from our well-known expertise in helping customers design, make, supply and deliver their ideas to market, backed by Dragon’s expertise in helping hardware teams navigate the tricky path from a prototype to high-volume factory production. 

“Together with Kickstarter and Dragon Innovation, this initiative provides creators with the tools, expertise, advice, and resources required to make their inventions a reality. This collaboration is uniquely structured to guide today’s ideas into tomorrow’s technology,” said Avnet CEO William Amelio.

Launched in September, Hardware Studio, our collaboration with Kickstarter and Dragon Innovation, has two offerings uniquely built to help creators get their product into the hands of customers:

Hardware Studio Toolkit is a new community site where anyone with an idea for a hardware project can learn from Dragon and Avnet engineers, Kickstarter staff, experienced creators, and industry experts. It hosts a series of tutorials, live webinars, and powerful tools to help creators get ready for production.

Hardware Studio Connection connects creators of more advanced projects with Avnet and Dragon, which offer design, prototyping, and manufacturing services. Creators will receive strategic advice and feedback from Dragon and Avnet engineers, discounts on components and services, and access to Dragon’s Product Planner tool, which helps hardware builders select parts and develop cost estimates. Creators can apply for this program through a simple application, and participating projects may be highlighted on Kickstarter.


Technology and design projects have raised more than $1 billion on Kickstarter, helping to spawn a global ecosystem of independent hardware creators and the companies that serve them. Both Avnet and Dragon have guided dozens of Kickstarter Creators through the manufacturing process. The collaboration opens up access to information about that process and helps more creators get through it smoothly.

“At Kickstarter, our mission is to help bring creative projects to life,” said Yancey Strickler, the company’s cofounder and chief executive. “We’ve found that for hardware creators, lots of planning before a Kickstarter launch can make a big difference when it’s time for manufacturing. Through this collaboration with Avnet and Dragon, many more independent creators will be able to get some help as they work to make their ideas real.”

To learn more about how Avnet, Kickstarter and Dragon can help bring your inventions to reality, tour the Hardware Studio today.