As we get ready to launch the next iteration of BOOST, reacquaint yourself with what the programme consists of, how you can get involved and what those that have been involved have gone to achieve! BOOST launches in March 2019, if you’d like to express your interest prior to this, please see details below.
CRL gives a BOOST to established start-ups with its new programme
There’s no denying that the business of hardware is highly competitive and start-ups can fail without a helping hand. After the initial joy of developing the perfect product, some start-ups then struggle to scale up and grow their business. So, how do they get the much-needed business support to take them to the next level…?
Businesses that have gone through the CRL Accelerator programme will already have had the advantage of six months of product development support, mentoring and investment advice, to get them on the right road… But, where to next…?
CRL’s latest BOOST programme covers the next stage for hardware businesses that are ready to take that step. It’s aimed at established entrepreneurs, not just CRL cohort members, and focuses on the big topics that growing businesses need to get to grips with. It’s designed to support them in developing robust business strategies, securing further investment and generally improving on key business and leadership skills.
The BOOST programme is flexible and built up of training blocks, and mentoring, delivered by high-profile entrepreneurs, and industry experts, who’ve been there and successfully done that. As businesses generally have different skillsets, and time pressures, another big advantage for eligible entrepreneurs is that they can choose more than 12 hours of workshops, and training events, to suit themselves, over the 12 months. At the moment, block sessions cover: partnerships, investment, finance, HR and organisational development, product development, and sales.
BOOST is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) so it’s free for eligible businesses. Since its launch, BOOST has supported more than 40 businesses. In that time, 20 of them have finished the programme and gone on to even greater things.
If you’re an established hardware entrepreneur who wants to give your business a BOOST, and think you might be eligible for the programme, you can find out more here or contact Programme Manager, Alice Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org.