CRL HARDWARE ACCELERATOR
LONDON'S HARDWARE ACCELERATOR FOR STARTUPS THAT DESIGN AND MAKE PHYSICAL PRODUCTS
Every year we look for the most ambitious hardware startups to join our 9-month programme that starts in mid-September. We'll be opening up our next application round in early June 2017.
Each team receives free office space, 24/7 access to high-end prototyping labs, a £5k grant and deep commercial and product development expertise. In return, the CRL takes 6% equity in each company.
The programme has two main phases. An initial Acceleration (first 3 months) focusing on equipping the startups with the business and product development foundations. Followed by Runway (6 months) where the design for manufacture ramps up alongside preparing for investor readiness. Included in this is a trip to Shenzhen, China or visits to other potential UK and European manufacturers. The programme culminates in the CRL Hardware Showcase – a chance for all teams to present to an influential audience of buyers, investors and prospective partners.
Whether you are 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; or currently going through the process of design for manufacture - we would like to hear from you!
CRITERIA TO APPLY

· A working prototype

· Two or more founders in the team

· The desire to build a scalable physical product business

· A product or business model displaying genuine innovation

CRL is fully equipped with the latest prototyping technology, from power tools to CNC machinery and electronics equipment.
Not only that but we have skilled staff on hand to support, guide and even help to design and make your prototypes.
The workshop is available to use 24/7 and all of the materials you may need are provided during the course of the programme. We are also able to supply any equipment that you may need throughout the 9 months, within reason. Below is a selection of the equipment we have so far, but please visit the About page to download the complete equipment list.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 ARE NOW CLOSED
If you're interested in finding out more about the CRL Accelerator programme for 2017, please contact a member of the team at apply@centralresearchlaboratory.com or sign up to our newsletter for regular updates