The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) is once again open for applications to its specialist, hardware Accelerator. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the six month, London based programme supports the next generation of product-focussed entrepreneurs, helping them to develop crucial areas of their business to help ‘accelerate’ growth and production.
Businesses previously selected for the programme are some of the most exciting and diverse product-focused start-ups in the UK. They come from many sectors including ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Wearables’, to educational and leisure products, robotics and ‘cleantech’ (environmental technologies). As part of their involvement in the programme, successful entrepreneurs will receive a start-up grant, access to our specialist prototyping facilities, support from our in-house product development team, dedicated sessions with a large range of industry experts, direct connections with manufacturers and support to raise seed funding.
“We are proud to support the aspirations of successful entrepreneurs who are eager to develop their designs into into world class businesses. The UK is home to world-class design and engineering talent but it can be challenging to access the knowledge and resources required to get ideas into production. We meet an important need,” Mat Hunter, Managing Director.
Businesses that have found success through previous rounds of the CRL Accelerator programme include Aceleron, JOTO and Mimica Labs. These companies have gone on to raise substantial investment, and their founders have been recognised through entrepreneurial awards. Ventures currently on the programme include innovative charging solution Waalflower, high-end furniture designer Animaro, eco start-up Chip[s] Board as well as Ignius, a tracking device to keep women safe when walking home, and innovative smart-glasses designer Gilassi.
“We are also pleased to announce that Inty Grønneberg will be joining us to lead our Accelerator programme. A hardware entrepreneur himself, with significant experience in international manufacturing operations, Inty’s expertise in hardware accelerators will keep CRL’s programme at the cutting edge,” Mat Hunter continued.
Applications to the Accelerator will remain open until 29 July, prior to this it will be possible to experience what those on the programme can achieve first-hand, by attending our ‘Demo Day’ on 19 July where the startups will be pitching to investors.
Please share this update with any startups that you think might find it of interest. If possible, please share on your website and social media.
Startups, join CRL to #MakeHistory!