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BOOST is a fully funded programme, part funded by European Regional Development Fund, offering support in manufacturing, marketing and investment for companies who are taking products to market and looking to scale. The programme will run from April – July 2018.

Group workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions will be offered to successful applicants, led by world-class consultants. 

Facilitators set to include: entrepreneurs and founders of hardware companies that have traded on a global scale and secured significant investment, consultants experienced in navigating manufacturing ecosystems in Asia and beyond, investors and investment experts. The programme also includes sessions led by marketing consultants with significant experience working with successful hardware companies. In addition, we are working with large private sector corporate organisations to lead sessions on business development and partnerships. 

BOOST is a bespoke programme, and successful applicants are able to select the areas of support on the programme that will help them to innovate and grow.

We are now accepting applications for a limited number of spaces on this programme. If you are a hardware company looking for investment and ready to scale, please complete the form below and email this to alice@centralresearchlaboratory.com by 19th March and we will be in touch!

Expression of interest form.
 
 
UPDATE: please see below for an overview on some of the mentors that will be delivering this programme for us. We will be announcing more mentors over the coming weeks.
 

Marija Bukovic, Women of Wearables

Marija Butkovic is a founder and CEO of Women of Wearables and co-founder of Kisha Smart Umbrella – a wearable tech startup behind the world’s smartest fashion tech umbrella. She is digital marketing and business consultant who has worked across a range of projects in different industry sectors, including legal, journalism, tech, IoT, wearable tech and fashion tech. She regularly writes and blogs on topics of wearable tech, diversity and entrepreneurship. She has been featured in major tech and business publications such as TechCrunch, The Next Web, Management Today and Huffington Post and regularly appears as a public speaker and panelist on conferences, meetups and corporate events. Marija was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in UK tech: The 2017 longlist by Computer Weekly.

 

Jim Reeves, GravityLight 

Jim is a Technical Director and Product Designer with a career spanning consultancy, social entrepreneurship and teaching.

On a foundation of 10 years in a leading product design consultancy, Jim co-founded GravityLight as Technical Director and led the venture from first concept, through international field trials, to global product launch. A journey that included a wealth of challenges, rich experiences, significant learning and success. Now working as a consultant for organisations that wish to develop effective and meaningful products, lecturing at institutions that foster the next generation of designers and innovators, and supporting product start-ups on the complex journey from concept to delivery.

For a fuller picture of his work, approach and the breadth of my experience, please visit www.jimreeves.info.

 

Mat Hunter, Central Research Laboratory 

Mat leads CRL’s team in developing our programmes and shaping long-term strategy. Alongside this, he builds external partnerships across the private, public and non-profit sector, and represents CRL in the worlds of design, technology and public policy.

Mat’s career has focused on design-led innovation across a number of fields; firstly at global innovation consultants IDEO, in both San Francisco and London, developing digital products, services and strategies, then as Chief Design Officer at the UK Design Council where he led pioneering work bringing design and startup practice to public and non-profit sectors. He also established the Design Council Spark product investment fund accelerator.

 

Jey Jeysingham

Jey is a senior technology executive and an entrepreneur who has more than 20 years of experience in bringing innovative products to enterprise and consumer space. He is a founder member and CTO of Y-cam, which is one of Europe’s leading smart home security providers.

Prior to Y-cam, he spent 6 years working in the Facilities Management sector where he was responsible for delivering mobile solutions for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

He sold his first technology start-up in the early ’00s in Asia and now backs a number of high-profile UK start-ups in Cleantech and Smart Home space.

 

Mathy’s & Squire

 

 

Ranked Tier 1 in Legal 500, Mathys & Squire is one of Europe’s most highly regarded intellectual property law firms. Founded in 1910, they have over 100 years of experience in the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property rights, leading the field with insight, innovation and quality.

The firm has more than 60 qualified attorneys, and has offices in London, Paris, Munich, Luxembourg, Manchester, Cambridge
and York. They are a full service intellectual property firm with specialists in a wide range of technical fields. Their attorneys and trainees have a mix of scientific degrees extending from chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, genetics, microbiology, plant sciences and zoology through to physics, electronics, telecommunications and engineering.

 

PWC

PwC draw on their global network to provide advice on all stages of the investment process, from governance and strategy through to specialist implementation and reporting.

Their clients include some of the world’s wealthiest companies, individuals, trusts, pension funds, family offices and sovereign wealth funds.

Their team draws on a diverse range of professionals, including investment consultants, asset managers and financial advisers. Many of their specialists hold Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Financial Planner or Chartered Accountant qualifications.