As well as product development workshops and business seminars, the Accelerator programme (applications open now!) includes one-to-one mentoring sessions with entrepreneurs in the relevant field. To up the levels of support, we’ve added an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to our growing team of ‘experts-in-residence’. Jim Reeves is already well-known, by the CRL community, as one of our programme mentors and he joined us as Entrepreneur-in-Residence, towards the end of last year.
Jim is a product design consultant and co-founder of the phenomenally successful GravityLight. He explains, “GravityLight was designed for off-grid families living in energy poverty, who would otherwise be relying on dangerous and expensive kerosene for their home lighting. I co-founded GravityLight as a social venture, to deliver innovative solutions to off-grid, low income homes.”
As Technical Director, for GravityLight, he led the venture from first concept, through international field trials, to global product launch. (You can read more about Jim’s inspirational journey on his website.) He’s keen to share what he’s learnt on the journey so far and to keep learning from those around him. With a career spanning consultancy, social entrepreneurship and teaching, he brings a lot of experience, and passion, to the Accelerator programme and the CRL community.
Jim plans to be around at least one day a week and is looking forward to working closely with cohort members, on a more regular basis, to help them with their individual challenges. Part of the challenge, he says, is in helping product innovators to see the world in enterprise terms. He adds, “The cohort members all have the potential to be disruptors in their chosen markets, and it’s interesting to support them through the process… to recognise the nature of their particular challenge and to be supportive in their journey”.
According to Jim, “Product designers play a significant part in shaping the world around them – socially, environmentally, economically and culturally. Some products simply ought to exist. They ‘deserve’ to exist. These are the products that interest me.” We like to think that, at CRL, he’s in the perfect place to find the kind of innovative and changemaking talent he likes to support.
We are incredibly pleased to have welcomed Jim as our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, as know how valuable our current Accelerator cohort find his support, which will also extend to our next cohort. Please remember, applications for our next Accelerator programme are now open, apply via our F6S page.