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Here at CRL we’re proud of the incredible array of mentors and partner organisations we work with, whether that’s through our Accelerator programme, BOOST or via sessions we provide our community more generally.

Our list of mentors includes industry leaders and business heavyweights, who themselves have launched and sold businesses or are dedicated to helping start-ups to achieve their potential. Our partnerships mean we’re able to introduce our start-ups to established companies; these are the type of introductions that can help facilitate their growth.

Jey Jeyasingam - Senior Technology Executive and Entrepreneur

Accelerator and BOOST Mentor

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 - MD CRL

Accelerator and BOOST Mentor

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, then as Chief Design Officer at the UK Design Council.

Elena Birchall

Accelerator and BOOST Mentor

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. Currently, Elena works at Virgin StartUp, supporting the delivery of their successful StartUp Loan programme.

Marija Butkovic

BOOST Mentor

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.

Ben Callicott - Primo Toys

BOOST Mentor

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.

Stephen Holland - Pleasefindattached

BOOST Mentor

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.

Jim Reeves - GravityLight

Accelerator and BOOST Mentor

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.

Hayley Smith - Owner of Boxed Our PR & Accelerator Mentor

Accelerator Mentor

Boxed Out PR works creatively and strategically to provide 4th dimensional PR. Their approach to marketing is innovative and creative, and our strategies are hands on and proactive. Hayley currently works with our Accelerator cohort to help them to establish a PR strategy.

Duncan Knight

Accelerator Mentor

Duncan helps tech founders grow their businesses by sharing his experience of 25-years+ in sales and startup business creation. He spent 15-years co-founding and growing 2 technology businesses in IT Security and mental health & wellbeing.

His specialities include: sales strategy, lead generation, marketing, product development & operations.

Peter Caryotis - Head of Sales, Hitachi

Accelerator Mentor

Peter is a senior executive with both sales and general management experience, acquired whilst working for predominately US IT software organisations in UK or EMEA. IOT, Big Data, Digital Transformation. mBIT business coach and mentor, NLP practitioner.

Jonas Altman - Partner at Social Fabric

Accelerator Mentor

Jonas helps teams do their best work. He explores how businesses might tick better through the power of design and innovation. Over the past 20 years, he's worked with Google, Sony Music, BBC, Cancer Research UK, The Guardian, Comic Relief, and the Royal College of Art.

Rui De Campos - Product and Service Design, taking ideas to MVP and Scale

Accelerator Mentor

Rui sits at the intersection of Design and Technology. His focus is on digital innovation, service design and has delivered 6 products to market, in Mobile, Web, SaaS, IoT, Cloud, B2B, B2C. He's worked with big enterprises and agile startups, in retail, telco, finance, insurance and more.

Anna Matty

BOOST Mentor

Anna has 13 years of experience in Telecommunications at British Telecom, where she has held several high profile, executive leadership roles, across Marketing and Commercial management, Customer Services & Operations and Transformation. Most recently, she took leadership of the iconic Phone Book business for the BT Ventures group, and re-invented it to become part of a leading digital advertising and media business.

Partner organisations

BOOST Mentor

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.

Accelerator Mentor

Founded in London in 2014 by Kaye Symington and Richard Ling, Paved With Gold specialises in product launches and growing online communities. Putting your audience at the heart of everything we do, we build compelling content around your product and strike up creative partnerships that make sure it’s seen in all the right places.

Accessible to everyone at CRL

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets.

Roland equipment accessible to everyone at CRL

Roland DG (UK) Ltd is the UK and Irish marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG Corporation, Hamamatsu, Japan, a worldwide leader in the sign, graphic arts, commercial print, packaging, labelling, promotional gift, textile, engraving, milling and 3D modelling industries.

BOOST Mentor

Customers come to RPD for their 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.

Accelerator Mentor / support optional to everyone at CRL

Kingston Smith is a firm of Chartered Accountants & leading business advisers to entrepreneurial businesses, not-for-profit organisations & private clients.

Accelerator partner

Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform launched in 2008 that helps teams raise money for their projects and products.

Accelerator partner

Crowdcube is a leading equity crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs of start-ups and growing businesses to connect with potential investors. Dedicated to helping UK-based entrepreneurs raise finance to start or grow their business, Crowdcube gives investors real equity in the companies they fund.

Amazon Web Services offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services.

BOOST Mentor

Mathys & Squire's commercial focus and collaborative approach makes it one of the most renowned IP firms in the UK and Europe.

Accelerator partner

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world's most dynamic industries.

Accelerator partner

Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace.


United Airlines supports U.K. start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs and new businesses wanting to expand to the U.S. and help bridge the gap between U.K. and North America. They offer a free Start-up Kit with immediate perks, such as free entrance to the United Club lounge at Heathrow airport and free Economy Plus seats. They strongly believe in continuously enhancing our service to meet the requirements of our business customers. From Wi-Fi, the United mobile append in-seat power outlet, they strive to make your journey more comfortable, ensuring you stay connected throughout the flight.