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We are seeking mentors to work with us on delivering our BOOST Programme, which provides support for hardware startups that are ready to scale. Facilitators should have experience in scaling companies (preferably hardware) and selling products on a mass scale! We are currently supporting some of the most exciting hardware startups in London and we are keen to recruit mentors with significant experience to help them to get to the next stage.


Some of the areas we’re looking to provide support in include:

Scaling production and sales

  • Support for B2B & B2C companies,
  • Sales and retail strategy, working with retailers, distributors


  • Scaling marketing strategies for growth stage hardware companies
  • Entering new market segments/product market fit
  • Positioning and marketing your product to retailers

Finance and Investment –

  • Raising investment at seed, series A, and beyond
  • Finance and Risk Management


In order to apply please provide an outline of the following:

  • a proposal for business support provision (one page is sufficient, but there is no limit)
  • outline of past experience and credentials
  • a breakdown of your fees and pricing structure

Please send this to Su Weeks, Programme Manager, at by the 15th August. 


Background on Central Research Laboratory – 

The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) is London’s first accelerator and co-working space for hardware entrepreneurs. We work to support startups who want to create amazing products and grow innovative new businesses focused on hardware. CRL was awarded European Regional Development Funding to deliver a project consisting of a 6-month accelerator programme for young startups, which will be delivered alongside a business support programme for more established businesses.

The Central Research Lab is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) portfolio 2015 to 2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the fund, which was established by the European Commission. The project funding is allocated under Investment Priority 1b which calls for the following:

  • Support for the commercialisation of new products and business processes and initiatives
  • Innovation support programmes for product design and development
  • Schemes stimulating and enabling graduate start-ups and spin outs from universities, colleges and research institutions


Deliverables required –

Business support provision, in line with the ethos of CRL