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The CRL’s 6-month Accelerator programme is uniquely optimised to cater for the challenges of hardware businesses. Through carefully curated programme and 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 Product Development team is focused on helping to launch your products and preparing you to grow a sustainable, profitable business.

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.

If you have any specific questions about the programme, please contact

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




Pitch to Our Panel of Investors

Meeting with manufacturers

Dedicated trip to Shenzhen to meet with potential manufacturing partners


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

Get in touch with Inty our Accelerator Programme Manager if you have any questions about your eligibility. We have supported businesses at all stages.