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Press release, November 2017 – 

On 13th November 2017, the Central Research Laboratory (CRL) is once again open for applications to our much anticipated, sought-after Accelerator programme. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the programme supports the next generation of product-focused entrepreneurs, helping them to develop crucial areas of their business to help ‘accelerate’ growth and production.

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The candidates previously selected for the programme represent some of the most exciting and diverse product-focused entrepreneurs in the UK. Companies come from many sectors including ‘Internet of Things’ and wearable technology to educational toys to robotics. As part of their involvement in the programme, the successful entrepreneurs will receive a start up grant, access to our specialist prototyping workshops, support from in-house experts, dedicated sessions with a large range of industry experts and support to raise seed funding.

‘We are proud to be focused on supporting the aspirations of product-focused entrepreneurs who are eager to scale their designs into credible businesses. The CRL prides itself on being at the heart of innovation and we are looking forward to helping grow and develop some of the most exciting new hardware-focused companies in the UK’ Mandy Nyarko, Accelerator Programme Lead.

Businesses that have found success through previous rounds of the CRL Accelerator programme include Aceleron, JOTO, Do It Kits, Mimica Labs, among many other. These companies have gone on to raise substantial investment, and the founders recognised through winning entrepreneurial awards. Ventures currently on the programme include Bright Sign, Third Skin, Odd Ball and ULTRA IoT.

‘We are thrilled to have produced some real success stories and to have been a valuable part of the journey for the people that we have worked with. Many entrepreneurs have great ideas, but can find it difficult to gain knowledge, experience and contacts in product, marketing and business development. The Accelerator programme helps bridge that gap and fast forward their business.’ Mandy continues.

The launch will coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week and the Accelerator team are looking forward to seeing the new cohort #MakeHistory.

CRL share that they are looking forward to seeing the new cohort #MakeHistory.




Notes for Editors

The Central Research Laboratory, located at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, West London is an accelerator, incubator and co-working space. CRL was founded by regeneration specialists U+I in collaboration with Brunel University London and is supported by HEFCE and ERDF. The team work with innovative start-ups to create high-tech jobs and economic growth.

More information about CRL and the team can be found here

The CRL project is receiving up to £800,000 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit