Britain’s most exciting young inventors who are breaking the mould

Media Release

On TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2019 Britain’s most exciting young entrepreneurs will showcase their innovative new products at the CRL Accelerator Programme Demo Day in London.

Addressing global, environmental and health challenges, the inspiring inventors break the stereotype and, having completed Central Research Laboratory’s (CRL) intensive six-month Accelerator Programme, are ready to reveal and launch their products for productive and long term business growth. 

The inspiring inventions that will be showcased by the current Accelerator programme cohort include:

  • Pet Instincts’ wellbeing monitoring service that allows pet owners to monitor and care for their pets when they are not at home. 
  • Brainpatch’s two-way brain computer interface that uses AI to deliver a range of applications for increasing productivity and happiness.
  • Vio Cosmetics’ revolutionary makeup brush cleansing system that helps reduce the risk of infections that commonly occur from improperly cleansed traditional brushes.
  • IOT Invent’s monitoring device and smart controller which will help housing associations and multi-building landlords improve indoor air quality for tenants. 
  • Sentrak’s next-generation indoor tracking system which significantly reduces costs and improves efficiency across multiple industries.  

Toby Kress, Managing Director, CRL says: “The five talented graduates of CRL’s sixth Accelerator Programme have collectively addressed significant global, environmental and health challenges which affect thousands of people today. Their enthusiasm, determination and innovation have been outstanding from the beginning to the very end of the programme. CRL is proud to have been with them on their journeys and we are excited about what is ahead of them!”  

CRL supports a select group of startups and scaleups through product development, commercial strategy, and investor readiness. The Accelerator Programme started in 2015 and is the longest running programme of its kind. Nine out of ten startups fail worldwide, however startups that join CRL’s Accelerator Programme have an 80% survival rate. The CRL is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and since its launch in 2015, CRL has helped hundreds of startups build everything from the next generation of service robots to toys that help children suffering from chronic eczema.

To continue CRL’s success, planning permission has been secured to move to a new space in Hayes called the Powerhouse. The new building will have three times more capacity than CRL currently occupies, allowing work with startups as they scale to team of 40+, and with corporate innovation teams working alongside CRL’s entrepreneurs. The Powerhouse is due to be completed by the end of 2020. 

CRL is now accepting applications for its CRL Accelerator Programme 2020. The deadline for completed applications is Sunday 1 December 2019.


More information

For press enquiries and to arrange interviews with CRL or the CRL Accelerator Programme cohort, please contact:

Gaby Jesson, Chief Marketing Officer, Plus X. Email Telephone 07768 024110

Julia Roche, Interim Marketing Manager, Central Research Laboratory. Email Telephone 07908 572470


1. CRL Accelerator Demo Day is being held on Tuesday 26 November 2019 in central London. Contact Julia Roche at or telephone 07908 572470 if you would like to attend.

2. Find out more information about the CRL Accelerator Programme here: httpss://

3. Applications to the CRL Accelerator Programme 2020 can be made here: httpss:// 

4. About CRL

Central Research Laboratory (CRL) is one of the UK’s award-winning and 24/7 co-working spaces and home to the country’s first purpose-built hardware accelerator programme with a global reputation. Since opening in 2015 we have helped entrepreneurial product markers succeed in a diversity of areas. Our cohort has been building next generation of robots, inventing toys that help children suffering from chronic eczema, creating new sustainable building materials made from potato waste, and designing luxury stationery products.

More information about CRL and the team can be found here: 

5. About European Regional Development Fund

The CRL project is receiving up to £800,000 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

For more information visit httpss:// 

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