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The applications for our next accelerator programme (autumn 2018) will CLOSE 29 JULY.

 

Our 6-month accelerator programme is uniquely optimised to cater for the challenges of hardware businesses. Through our curated programme and bi-monthly, 1:1 mentoring sessions, we will help you:

  • Understand what your customers really want and what value your product brings
  • Understand how to get your product manufactured at the right cost and set-up supply chains for scale
  • Understand how to gain the hardware-specific funding you need, from grants to crowdfunding and angel investors

Our goal is to help you launch your products in a way that allows you to grow a sustainable, profitable business.

 

The Accelerator programme is now open for applications, please scroll down to the apply button at the bottom of this page to download the application form. If you have any specific questions about the programme, please contact apply@centralresearchlaboratory.com.

 

The standard terms for taking part in the CRL Accelerator are for an option to take 3% equity in your business. This option is exercised should your business gain sufficient funding, revenue or sufficient traction and so will not be actioned in all cases. We should make clear that 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.

What does the programme offer

Intensive Mentorship

From Our Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders and Tech Gurus

Engineering support

Hands on product development from in-house product design team

£5,000

Startup Grant

Investment

Pitch to Our Panel of Investors

Meeting with manufacturers

Dedicated trip to Shenzhen to meet with potential manufacturing partners

What's available in the coworking space

  • Access to 4 prototyping workshops

  • 24/7 Desk Space

  • Prototyping Materials Included

  • Crowdfunding Strategy & Training

  • 100mb/s high speed internet

Our Accelerator Alumni - Case Studies

Application criteria

During the six-month programme, we will work with you to develop your product, the final result will be a product that people love and can be made at the right cost.

We bring together experts on business development, investment preparation & market development for a six-month intensive programme designed specifically for hardware products.

  • A working prototype (it doesn’t need to be pretty) or investment already raised
  • The desire to build a scalable product based business
  • A product or business model displaying genuine innovation
  • Two or more team members are desired but not essential

Please do get in contact with our Accelerator Lead (mandy@centralresearchlaboratory.com) directly if you have any questions about your eligibility. We have supported businesses at all stages.

11 days left to apply

Applications close on 29 July 2018

Apply now