The WERCBench Labs Early-Stage Start-Up (ESS) Program is a 12-week mentor-supported, technology-immersive, seed accelerator. This innovative and intense program works with and trains teams in best practices to find a repeatable and scalable business model. The program provides a $10,000 grant and a $10,000 Royalty Based Financing investment to each business that participates in the program. WERCBench Labs seeks early stage ventures (Series A Round or less) that are building technology-based, hardware-oriented products in support of the Energy, Power, and Controls sector. Teams leading this year’s program hail from The Commons, UW-Milwaukee, Center for Technology Commercialization.