CRL Accelerator

Jan - Jul 2021

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Our internationally recognised CRL Accelerator is the UK's leading programme for product makers and hardware pioneers. The 6 month programme offers unrivalled support for early stage businesses developing hardware products.

Benefit from an intensive, hands-on programme that offers an unrivalled package of support. 

Are you:

  • Working on your product and don’t know how to turn it into a business?
  • An early stage startup looking for scalable growth and funding?
  • Currently going through the process of design for manufacture?

Since opening in 2015 we have helped hundreds of startups build everything from the next generation of service robots; to toys that help children suffering from chronic eczema; to new sustainable building materials made from potato waist; to beautifully designed and innovative stationery products. 

Apply for our next programme running January to July 2021   

Programme features

Customer discovery

Understand what your customers really want and what value your product brings.

product development

Get your product manufactured at the right cost and set-up supply chains for scale.

Commercial strategy

Put yourself on the path to a successful revenue model and strong sales strategy.

investment readiness

Gain the hardware-specific funding from grants to crowdfunding to angel investors to venture capital.

24/7 access

Benefit from 24/7 access to prototyping facilities and workshops onsite 

Desk space

Connect with our community of startups and business at CRL with two free fixeddesk

Customer discovery

Understand what your customers really want and what value your product brings.

product development

Get your product manufactured at the right cost and set-up supply chains for scale.

Commercial strategy

Put yourself on the path to a successful revenue model and strong sales strategy.

investment readiness

Gain the hardware-specific funding from grants to crowdfunding to angel investors to venture capital.

24/7 access

Benefit from 24/7 access to prototyping facilities and workshops onsite 

intensive mentorship

From our entrepreneurs, business leaders and tech gurus.

engineer support

Hands on product development from our in-house product design team.

£5,000

Grant towards testing and product development costs.

Trip to China

Dedicated trip to Shenzhen to meet with potential manufacturing partners.

Desk space

Connect with our community of startups and business at CRL with two free fixeddesk

intensive mentorship

From our entrepreneurs, business leaders and tech gurus.

engineer support

Hands on product development from our in-house product design team.

£5,000

Grant towards testing and product development costs.

Trip to China

Dedicated trip to Shenzhen to meet with potential manufacturing partners.

our PROGRAMME IN NUMBERS

Founders supported
Active
Female / Male
Investment raised
Team Grown
Prototypes developed

Criteria

  • Prototype (it doesn’t have to be pretty)
  • Technical knowledge relevant to your hardware development
  • Desire to build a scalable product-based business
  • A product or business model displaying genuine innovation
  • Two or more team members are desirable but not essential
  • Ability to attend the 6-month programme (The programme requires full-time commitment. On average you will be onsite 2-days p/week with progress being made in between)
  • Business registered in the UK
January to July 2021

Apply for our next 6-month Accelerator programme

DATES

Applications

  • Application Deadline: 13th December 2020
  • Shortlisting: w.c 14th December 2020

We are committed to equal opportunity and welcome applications from all people regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, ages, citizenship, disability, gender identity and socio-economic background and of criminal history, consistent with legal requirements.

01. Customer Discovery

20 startups will be selected to join phase one.

  • 17 December: Information and Q&A session, 2-4pm GMT (online)
  • Programme: January - February 2021
  • Pitch Day & Final selection: February 2021

02. Product development, commercial
and fundraising strategy

6 startups will be invited to continue into phase two.

  • Programme: February to July 2021
  • China/UK factory trip: May/June 2021
  • Investor day: July 2021
  • Demo day: July 2021

TERMS

If you are selected for the programme it is necessary to register your company in the UK.

For companies that are selected to take part in phase two of the CRL Accelerator there is an option agreement for 3% equity in your business. A portion of the support that we provide you is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and this is not connected with the 3% option.

LAST YEAR'S DEMO DAY

our PROGRAMME TEAM

Anneza Pitsialis

Program Manager

ANNEZA PITSIALIS

Jim Reeves

Product Development Director

Jim
Reeves

Jose Martinez

Electrical Engineer

Jose Martinez

Workshop Manager & Prototype lead

Jacob Luscombe

Connor Ray

Product Developer

Connor
Ray

Meet some of our mentors

Mark ELliott

Business Coach for Solo Business Owners, helping owners navigate change, Mentor, Lean Startup Specialist

Marija Butkovic

Founder & CEO Women of Wearables, Mentor, Top 50 Women in UK Tech by Computer Weekly

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Andy CripPS

Bridging the Gap Entrepreneur
Director at Brunel University London

Victoria Corbishley

Chief Innovation Officer at Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences

Arun
Thangavel

Designer at Founders Factory

Janet Murray

Helps coaches, consultants & entrepreneurs build online audiences

Arnold du toit

Entrepreneur, Advisor, Investor

Joan Lau

Performance Coach, Organisational Development Research Practitioner

Sarah Yule

Sales Director EMEA at Audio-Technica, Board Director at MIA, Executive MBA Grad at WBS

Dan Ballin

Investment, Corporate Clients, R&D Tax Credits, People Operations Medtech, Arts

Marjan Angoshtari

Lecturer in Industrial Design at Brunel University London

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Richard Ling

Product launch PR Community Building to show engagement to investors. B2C Crowdfunding

Mentors 2_0000_Tim Carrigan

Tim Carrigan

Entrepreneur and Business Advisor

Stephen Holland

Founder & Creative Director at pleasefindattached

Chakshu Saharan

Co-founder at Ignius, CFO at Pierian

Simon Poulter

Pitch, Investment, Corp Partnerships

Grace
Gould

Co-founder & CEO at Soda Says

Mentors 2_0003_Rui De Sousa

Rui De Sousa Campos

Aerospace & Aviation

Richard
Foggie

INvestment – innovation funds

Lloyd
Pinder

Business Mentor / Consultant

Alison
Cavey

Partner, CAG Consultants

Olaf
Swanzie

UK Director at PNO Consultants

Neil Mulkern

Director of Marketing and Business Development at Technology Investors Advisory Service

Neil
Loveday

My Financepartner at PwC

Mat
Hunter

Co-CEO at Plus X

Paul
ROSTAS

Co-CEO at Plus X

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GABRIELE JESSON

Chief Marketing Officer at Plus X

TobY
KRess

Managing Director at CRL and Programme Director at Plus X

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