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Dragon Innovation Issues Million Dollar Challenge

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dragon Innovation, the company helping hardware entrepreneurs scale from prototype to production, today announced a first-of-its-kind crowdfunding challenge. Entrepreneurs that raise $1 million or more through a Dragon crowdfunding campaign will receive $100,000 in additional funding from Dragon Innovation.

Any entrepreneur running a crowdfunding campaign on as of January 1, 2014 is eligible for the Dragon Million Dollar Challenge. The funding will come in the form of an entrepreneur-friendly convertible note. Projects currently funding on the site include Mooshim Engineering’s Mooshimeter, Relayr’s WunderBar and PulsedLight’s LIDAR-Lite.

Established in 2009, Dragon Innovation began as a manufacturing consultancy for hardware startups, working with Pebble, MakerBot, Sphero, Romotive, Sifteo and many others. Building on this foundation towards the ultimate mission of providing hardware entrepreneurs everything they need to build a successful company from idea to product in customers’ hands, Dragon launched a hardware-specific crowdfunding platform in the fall of 2013. To effectively scale companies after a successful crowdfunding campaign, it is often necessary to raise additional capital. As a next step in its mission to help companies succeed, the Dragon Million Dollar Challenge provides an injection of capital right after a campaign when it is needed most.

“We envision Dragon Innovation as the official home for hardware, providing entrepreneurs everything they need to launch products and scale their companies,” said Scott N. Miller, CEO and co-founder. “By working closely with great entrepreneurs from the very beginning, Dragon can provide a full spectrum of resources and experience to help companies succeed. It makes natural sense for us to extend this commitment in the form of funding to help hardware entrepreneurs achieve success.”

“We can say unequivocally that for the hardware revolution to succeed, companies building the next great products need a partner like Dragon Innovation committed to their success,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “Dragon’s Million Dollar Challenge demonstrates this commitment while giving companies the resources and connections to succeed.”

The structure of the note is designed to be entrepreneur-friendly with the $100,000 converting into equity upon predetermined thresholds. You can learn more and see the full note here.

About Dragon Innovation

Dragon Innovation works with visionaries to launch hardware products and scale companies. Founded by a team of hardware experts, Dragon provides a clear path from prototype through production with unmatched manufacturing expertise, trusted connections and a funding platform, all optimized for hardware. Dragon's client roster includes Pebble, Coin, MakerBot, LIFX, Scout, Romotive, Sifteo, Sphero and over 100 more companies paving the road for how new technology gets made.

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