On Thursday 25 January CRL were pleased to host our very first Demo Day, which saw all eight of the start-ups currently on our Accelerator programme give their five minute pitches. The start-ups have been working on these pitches since they joined our programme, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, nearly six months ago and it was exciting and encouraging to see how far they’d come: how their propositions have evolved, how their products have developed, but most of all to see how their confidence has grown and for future CEOs to appear in front of us.
Thanks to all of the start-ups for their hard work, Carlton Cummins of Aceleron for his wonderful keynote speech, all of the people that support CRL that came along, and all of the partner organisations that continue to support and make our programme possible: Kingston Smith, Roland and Autodesk to name a few. The programme is part-funded by European Regional Development Fund, without which it could not happen.
The following video was screened for the first time at Demo Day, and gives a taste of what it’s like to be on the Accelerator programme, as well as the atmosphere and energy that exists at CRL on a day-to-day basis. Thanks to Family Creative for doing such a great job in putting it together for us.
For those of you that attended, see if you can spot yourself in our event highlights video below, for those that didn’t make it, this is how our Demo Day looked! Be sure to attend future CRL events.
Alex Peet, the Product Design lead for the Accelerator, said of the Accelerator cohort’s progress and the demo day itself:
“This year’s cohort has featured some drastically different technologies. Some have changed their product’s proposition to include a stronger USP, whereas others have focussed more on manufacturability. Some companies have used their prototype to understand their manufacturing requirements and plan out their supply chain, ready for when their crowdfunding campaign’s launch. It’s been a tough six months, we were all proud to see the hard work showcased at Demo Day”.
Our 6-month Accelerator programme is uniquely optimised to cater for the challenges of hardware businesses, see a full breakdown of what the programme offers here. There’s still two days before applications for our next Accelerator programme closes – why not come and #MakeHistory with us!
In order to get in touch with any of our startups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will make the relevant introductions.
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