CRL Accelerator

May - November 2022

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Our internationally recognised CRL Accelerator is the UK's leading programme for product makers and hardware pioneers. This 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:

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 waste; to beautifully designed and innovative stationery products. 

Recruitment for the next cohort will begin in January, 2022   

SEE WHAT OUR LATEST COHORT HAS BEEN UP TO

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

FEBRUARY 2022

Apply for our next Accelerator programme

Applications for our next Accelerator programme will open in January 2022

DATES

Applications

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.

02. Product development, commercial and fundraising strategy

6 startups will be invited to continue into phase two.

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.

our PROGRAMME TEAM

Programme Manager

ANNEZA
PITSIALIS

Product Development Director

Jim
Reeves

Programme Coordinator

kristine
tjarve

Workshop Manager & Prototype lead

Jacob
Luscombe

Head of Programmes Marketing

Claudia
Rosen

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Aiste
Kurkulyte

Industrial Designer

Pablo
perez

Industrial Designer

billy
hill

Electronics Engineer

Simon
Biggs

Product Developer

julita napieralska

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

Mentors 2_0017_CRL2_0413

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

Marjan Angoshtari

Lecturer in Industrial Design at Brunel University London

Mentors 2_0003_Richard ling

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

Mentors 2_0003_Rui De Sousa

Rui De Sousa Campos

Aerospace & Aviation

Grace
Gould

Co-founder & CEO at Soda Says

Richard
Foggie

INvestment – innovation funds

Alison
Cavey

Partner, CAG Consultants

Lloyd
Pinder

Business Mentor / Consultant

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

TobY
KRess

Managing Director at CRL and Programme Director at Plus X

Mat
Hunter

Co-CEO at Plus X

Paul
ROSTAS

Co-CEO at Plus X

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