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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 consists of group workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions. Facilitators 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. Boost also offers sessions led by marketing consultants and we are working with large private sector corporate organisations to advise on business development and partnerships. 

Keep an eyes on the events page of our website for updates on our BOOST sessions.

BOOST Mentors

Jey Jeyasingam

Senior Technology Executive and Entrepreneur

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.

Mat Hunter

CRL MD

Mat leads CRL’s team in developing our programmes and shaping long-term strategy. His 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.

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

Elena Birchall

Start-up / Scale-up Coach

Elena Birchall is an established start-up/scale-up coach, with a proven track record of designing, developing and managing Start-up/Scale up and investment program activities; providing strategic and operational hands-on support for entrepreneurs; and developing a pipeline of attractive businesses for investment opportunities. Currently, Elena works at Virgin StartUp, supporting the delivery of their successful StartUp Loan programme.

Marija Butkovic

Founder and CEO of 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.

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 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.

Ben Callicott

Head of Product - Primo Toys 

A founding member of the Primo Toys team, and a multi award-winning designer, Ben heads product at Primo. He has over 10 years experience in product design & development as an entrepreneur, member of a start-up team, and within big corporates managing the supply chain from concept to consumer. Having been through two crowdfunding campaigns Ben is familiar with what's involved in getting a business off the ground.

RPD

Customers come to RPD for our efficiency in helping them bring products to market. Their processes and experience, particularly in rapid execution from prototype to market launch, is the reason why FTSE 100 companies trust them to assist their R&D operations. Recent clients include Heineken, Vodaphone, Unilever, Bosch, Landrover and GSK. Whilst working directly with brands and corporates, they also help agencies and consultancies develop product manufacturing strategies in their work with a reliable engineering core to their work.

Stephen Holland

Pleasefindattached

Stephen is the creative director at Pleasefindattached studio, which he founded in 2003. In that time he has completed projects for the likes of Logitech, Timberland, RBS, EMI and BP whilst also working closely with interesting start-ups like TAXO’D, CWS and Log-delivery helping to solve business problems visually. Whether working on branding projects, internal communications strategies, concept UX or TV animation, his approach is always ideas led.

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