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How can the Arrow Certification Program turn my idea into reality?

Get to a product faster with design and engineering support from the Arrow Certification Program. Access a range of benefits from Arrow & IBM – from 1:1 engineering consultation to $1M in flash funding – to help you create a working proof of concept and custom prototype. Learn more about how to deliver on time and under budget with our program offerings, Incubation and Certification.

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What is Arrow Certification?

The act of becoming an Arrow Certified entrepreneur; turning an idea into a high-quality product in less time and at a lower cost with these free benefits:

Flash Funding

A shot at a share of $1M in Flash Funding

Free 1:1 Support

1:1 support and consultation from Arrow’s expert engineers, from production troubleshooting to customized design analysis

Design Tools

Access to online design tools like OrCad Design Package, SiliconExpert and TestDrive

$1,000 Credit

Valuable savings, including up to $1,000 off your bill of materials to get your prototype started

Campaign Support

Crowdfunding campaign support and education

Manufacturing Support

Resources to get you to manufacturing, including volume pricing, and supply chain and logistics expertise


Arrow Certification Badge to earn backers’ trust

Marketing Support

Marketing support via Arrow & Indiegogo

IBM Resources

Use Watson IoT Platform at no charge to develop your prototype IoT software – NO credit card required (limitations apply).

What are the requirements of certification?

To qualify, you must have a Bill of Materials or Documented Software Development.

IBM Watson IoT™ Platform

As the Official Cloud Technology partner of the Arrow Certification Program, IBM accelerates entrepreneurs’ success with powerful IoT analytics and security services, deep technical and industry expertise, and visibility across a global network of enterprise customers and business partners.

Bring your product to market quickly

IBM Watson IoT™ Platform, delivered in IBM Bluemix®, is engineered to help entrepreneurs rapidly and cost-effectively evolve prototypes into products through an integrated suite of IoT capabilities.

Access to IBM Watson IoT Platform

Use Watson IoT Platform at no charge to develop your prototype IoT software – NO credit card required (limitations apply).

Free Training

Over 50 hours of no-charge education available to make your developers productive quickly.

Now Introducing Arrow Incubation

The first step on the path to Arrow Certification, where you receive valuable support and assistance to develop your proof of concept, including the following no-cost benefits:

10% Discount

10% savings on product components and free shipping at

Design Support

Priority access to 1:1 expert support, technology recommendations and design review

Campaign Support

Campaign support and education

Design Tools

Access to online design tools, such as enVision™, Orcad Cloud and others

Backer Trust

Official Arrow association to help gain backers

IBM Resources

Use Watson IoT Platform at no charge to develop your prototype IoT software – NO credit card required (limitations apply).

Comparing Incubation & Certification


Arrow Incubation Arrow Certification
10% off + free shipping
Engineering consultation
Access to IBM Watson IoT Platform
Design tools design tools: enVision, reference design, Orcad cloud, BOM manager Free Access to SiliconExpert ($3k), TestDrive ORCAD Package ($99 Savings)
Access to campaign support + education
$1M in flash funding
$1,000 off for Bill of Materials
Marketing support
Certification Badge Association
Supply chain and logistics support

Success Stories

“Arrow assigned a dedicated manager for our project and after several iterations, he was able to get prices for all of our components from the vendors and the final BOM price turned out to be less than we had before.”

Vera Kozyr
CEO of Atmotube

“Arrow will continue to help out with some of the key technologies in the product because they can source better parts for us."

Akram Boukai
Co-Founder & CEO, Matrix PowerWatch

“Our relationship with Arrow will open many doors for us when it comes to wholesale and retail opportunities once we begin shipping."

Justin Zastrow
CEO of Smart Armor Tech

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