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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. 

Product Development mentors

Mat Hunter

Product Development 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, developing digital products, services and strategies, then as Chief Design Officer at the UK Design Council.

Jey Jeyasingam

Product Development 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.

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 noughties in Asia and now backs a number of high-profile UK start-ups in Cleantech and Smart Home space.

He is an active member of the London start-up ecosystem, where he regularly delivers talks and workshops.

Specialities: start-ups, technology strategy, strategic partnerships, investment, mentoring, manufacturing, new product development and market expansion initiatives

Interested in: IOT, Cleantech, Blockchain and AI

Jim Reeves

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

Marketing mentors

Marija Butkovic

Marketing 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. She regularly writes and blogs on topics of wearable tech, diversity and entrepreneurship.

Fiona Myles

Marketing mentor

Fiona has over 20 years of marketing and branding experience as a senior brand consultant at Wolff Oins and Elmwood. She is currently an Associate with Nesta, Design Thinkers Academy and the Design Council.

Founder of boutique marketing consultancy Kin, her recent clients include AstraZeneca, Bupa, Design Council, Emissions Analytics and University of the Arts, London, and the British Council, where she managed the propositioning, branding and launch for a product which is now in 100 markets, with over 16m income.

Fiona has also worked with the Design Council on the Designing Demand and Spark Programmes for the past ten years and has lectured on marketing and design management with Imperial College, Business School and the RCA.

Stephen Holland

Marketing 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.

Partnership mentors

Dan Ballin

Partnership mentor

Daniel’s career has focused on steering innovative businesses through the corridors of large multinationals to win contracts and to secure capital from angels, corporates and venture capitalists.

Daniel is the Founder and CEO of Ideas Crucible, a company allowing entrepreneurial businesses to accelerate their growth. This includes providing an advisory service, access to corporate clients, access to investment, people operations and R&D tax credits.
Over the past 10 years, Daniel’s track record is of supporting young innovative businesses to win more than £1 billion worth of profitable revenue, through contracts from customers across multiple sectors including banking and financial markets, retail, aviation, telecoms, media, mining oil and gas, defense, and pharmaceutical.

Daniel is a fund advisor for Private Wealth bank. He also sits on the board of several startup companies.

Prior to this Daniel was a Principal Consultant in the Chief Information Office in BT where he led innovations from idea through trial and into launch. He led M&A activity, and launched products and ventures in every BT market facing business. Daniel was heavily involved in the creation BT’s corporate accelerator, as well as working as a technology scout. Whilst at BT Daniel launched their pan-European mobile service.

Pierre Baisle

Partnership mentor

Pierre is a freelance consultant, supporting startups/scaleups in their strategy and growth. Because of his background, he also advises accelerators and corporates on how to best engage with SMEs.

Pierre recently worked at L Marks, an open innovation specialist, to develop and run a startup acceleration programme in partnership with intu, a UK leader in the retail sector, owning 17+ large shopping centres.

He is also a former member of the CRL team. Back in the days, he headed up the operations of the accelerator programme. Prior to that, Pierre has managed an angel investment network in Paris focusing on impact investment.

Pierre is a mentor for startups and accelerators in France and the UK, and also acts as an IOT expert for the IOT group of La French Tech London.

Finance / investment mentors

Chakshu Saharan

Finance mentor

Chakshu Saharan is the Founder of Ignius, a technology start-up based in London.
Prior to starting her company in 2015, Chakshu spent over 10 years working as a management consultant in London where she provided expertise on Change Management, Strategy and Executive Compensation. Later on, she joined Tesco as a Group Programme Manager where she was involved in their Global re-organisation programme.

Chakshu has worked with FTSE 100 clients in UK, Europe and Asia. Her clients spanned industries and have included companies such as Shell, BP, Rio Tinto, Nokia, IBM and Amazon.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Studies specializing in Finance and Human Resources and an MBA.

As a finance and strategy specialist, Chakshu focuses on helping start-ups with financial and organisation planning.

Specialities:

Supporting development of Revenue models and financial documents for funding.
Understanding start-up resource requirements and financial planning.

Tim Carrigan

Investment mentor

Tim is an entrepreneur and CEO with 20 years’ experience in digital and physical product based businesses. He now works as an advisor to start-ups, helping with business & funding strategies including accessing investors. He has started, run, raised money for and exited a number of start-ups.

In 1994 he co-founded one of London's first digital agencies – NoHo Digital. I ran NoHo as an independent for five years, before selling to WPP in 1999 and then spent 3 year running Ogilvy Interactive and doing an earn-out.

In 2004 he helped fund and then run a mobile platform start-up – Ad.IQ. They raised VC and expanded the business internationally. In 2012 Ad.IQ. spun out the technology platform in an MBO to form Cloud.IQ and the remaining business was sold.

Tim joined the Opendesk team as an advisor in 2012, helped to raise initial funding in 2014 and took over as full-time CEO from January 2015 to December 2016.

Arnold Du Toit

Investment mentor

Arnold was the founder and CEO for Drive Daddy and RolleyGolf LTD. He has spent over a decade developing smarter technologies in personal transport for future landscapes, most recently exploited by the World’s first Hop-on golf trolley.

Having lead design and opps teams during his time at RolleyGolf, he is now applying his personal IP to many other sectors. He acts as brand ambassador, advisor and investor in several start-ups, Ed Tech businesses and Hardware Accelerators in the UK.
CRL is incredibly pleased to have recently welcomed Arnold on as our Investor in Residence.

Grace Gould

Sales mentor

Grace is the founder of SODA (School of the Digital Age) a destination for new ideas and innovative technology products, which has a physical space in Selfridges and an impressive online presence. SODA's website curates the best smart products on the market, carefully sourced and reviewed, so the customer know exactly who and what they are for. In a fun, playful way.

SODA has taken a unique approach to retail: they market their tech products in a way that's fun, but more importantly that's accessible to all - they couldn't find the type of language they were looking to use anywhere in the market. That fun, playful yet informative appraoch runs through the whole business, from the 'how to' videos they make to the approch their staff in their pop-up in Selfridges have.

Sarah Yule

Director of Sales

I have built my 15 year career in International Sales & Marketing with some of Music, Audio, and Consumer Tech’s best known brands. Having run distribution, retail, marketing, sales and sales operations teams in EMEA, APAC and Americas, I posses much Global market knowledge. Currently heading up the EMEA sales division at Audio
Technica Europe, I have previously been Director of Sales for music creation startup ROLI, handling complete go-to-market strategy and Global launch into specialist channels and mainstream accounts like Apple. I am a regular panelist in talks around sound technology, innovation and music; an advocate for women in tech; a 2018 “40 under 40” award winner and graduate of Paul McCartney’s LIPA; with credits from Rutgers Business School, Bocconi School of Management and a current Exec MBA.
student at Warwick Business School.

Ingrid Bahri

Funded UK

Ingrid is a highly effective, strategic and competent professional with key focus on lead generation and top level business development and support through innovation. She has over 30 years core-front experience in business and acts as a mentor to many smaller business owners.

Specialities: Funding, Research and Development Tax Relief, HMRC Tax Incentive Schemes, Patent Box, Business funding , Innovation Grants, Motivational speaker, Coach and Business Mentor, Partnerships, Innovation, Contract Negotiation, Lead Generation, Corporate Collaborations and Account Management, "Become an Innovation Genius", Growth consultant - info@fundeduk.com

HR mentors

Kelly Swingler

HR mentor

Kelly has successfully delivered strategic change across a range of sectors, including retail, finance, legal, finTech and housing. Her work with names such as the John Lewis Partnership, leading housing association Genesis and The Sunday Times 100 Luminus Group, spans every aspect of HR, from employee engagement and leadership development to enhanced processes and culture change.

Kelly’s appointment as the UK’s youngest HR director in 2012, is evidence for her breadth of experience and proactive approach. She has particular expertise with organisations of between 2,000 and 10,000 employees on a national and global scale. Kelly is able to bring clarity to complex scenarios, where clients are dealing with several issues at once.

At this scale, Kelly draws on her extensive experience as a Coach, HR Director and Leader to design programmes which allow her clients to tackle these challenges in the right order and to a time frame that suits their budget. Kelly works with Board level and Executive teams, leadership teams and senior HR professionals. Many of the organisations Kelly has worked with through her company, Chrysalis Consulting, have accreditations such as liP Ambassador status, Best Companies, Sunday Times 100 and CIPD awards.

An awarding winning and accredited Executive Coach, member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD), and with a BSc in Psychology she’s currently completing a PhD in Organisational Change – focusing her thesis on the courage of leaders during times of change, to add to the qualifications she holds in executive c, facilitation, organisational design and development and project management.

Kelly speaks regularly on the topics of HR, resilience, change and leadership and has written for People Management, Great Health Guide, Association for Project Managers, The Times and has appeared on This Morning and Career Nuggets and the Business Transformation Network.

She has authored What’s Your Excuse For Not Overcoming Stress, Agile Human Resources and How to Manage Your Career and is featured in Walk Your Life and Career Nuggets.

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