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Closing Date: 1 December

We invest early in world-class founders

We work with early stage startups building physical products to take them from early prototype towards manufacture and commercial success.

We build the infrastructure.

If accepted, you and your team will base yourself at CRL for an
intensive, hands-on 6 month programme focused on product
development, commercial strategy and investor readiness. Plus a trip
to meet suppliers in Shenzhen, China.

Programme Details

CUSTOMER DISCOVERY

Customer interviews, testing
and pilots will insure you build the right product that people truly want.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Build hundreds of prototypes – testing, learning and refining your product until it is ready for market.

ENGINEERING SUPPORT 

Support from our in-house product dev team, led by award-winning designer and entrepreneur Jim Reeves.

COMMERCIAL STRATEGY

Put yourself on the path to success by developing your revenue model, pricing and sales strategy.

INVESTMENT READINESS 

Understand your funding options – from grants to angel investment – and meet our investor network.

£5,000 

A grant towards testing and product development costs.

MENTORSHIP

We have built an unrivalled team of mentors including entrepreneurs, business leaders and tech gurus.

TRIP TO CHINA

Meet suppliers in Shenzhen and UK to get your product manufactured and set-up your supply chains.

FACILITIES

Up to 4 free desks in our co-working space and 24/7 access to prototyping workshops.

Our Application

Criteria & Dates

Apps opened on 1st October 2019

Working prototype (it doesn’t have to be pretty)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1ST DECEMBER

Desire to build a scalable product-based business

INTERVIEW & SELECTION DAYS: 10-11TH DECEMBER 2019

A product or business model displaying genuine innovation

PROGRAMME DATES: JANUARY TO JULY 2020

Two or more team members are desirable but not essential

DEMO DAY: JULY 2020

Business registered in the UK

Testimonials

CRL has transformed our startup from a university project to an award winning business.
Carlton Cummins
Founder – Aceleron
I’m very pleased that I came to CRL. I particularly liked being able to use the community of entrepreneurs to get tips and feedback on my business. I’ve progressed a huge amount since being on the programme.
Matt Rowe 
Matr Tech Ltd
We came to CRL with a prototype and booming market, during our time here we have been to introduced to key investors in our space from the Silicon Valley and developed a much clearer product-market fit.
Eugene Nadyrshin
Co-Founder – Plexus

Our Team

Toby Kress
Toby Kress
Managing Director
Anneza Pitsialis
Anneza Pitsialis
Programme Manager
Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
Product Development Director

Standard Terms

For taking part in the CRL Accelerator there is an option agreement for 3% equity in your business. 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 selected for the programme, it is necessary to register your company in the UK.