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Press release, February 2019


The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) is once again open for applications to its specialist, hardware Accelerator. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the 6 month, London-based programme supports the next generation of product-focused entrepreneurs, helping them to develop crucial areas of their business to help ‘accelerate’ growth and production. 

For more information, and to apply please visit:

Businesses previously selected for the programme are some of the most exciting and diverse product-focused start-ups in the UK. They come from many sectors including ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Wearables’, to educational and leisure products, robotics and ‘cleantech’ (environmental technologies). As part of their involvement in the programme, successful entrepreneurs will receive a start-up grant, access to our specialist prototyping facilities, support from our in-house product development team, dedicated sessions with a large range of industry experts, direct connections with manufacturers and support to raise seed funding.

‘We are proud to support the aspirations of successful entrepreneurs who are eager to develop their designs into into world class businesses. The UK is home to world-class design and engineering talent but it can be challenging to access the knowledge and resources required to get ideas into production. We meet an important need.’ Mat Hunter, CEO.

Businesses that have found success through previous rounds of the CRL Accelerator programme include Aceleron, JOTO and Mimica Labs. These companies have gone on to raise substantial investment, and their founders have been recognised through entrepreneurial awards.

The start-ups currently on the programme are working on a highly diverse range of products, from mindfulness aids to shoes with adaptable heels, a toy that also eases the irritation of eczema to beautiful stationery built to last a lifetime. See more on the start-ups that make up cohort 5 here.

We’ve recently welcomed additionally support to further enhance our programme offering, including Arnold du Toit joining as our Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Jim Reeves as Investor-in-Residence.


Applications to the Accelerator will remain open until 16 March – please sign up via our F6S page – prior to this it will be possible to experience what those on the programme achieve first-hand, by attending our ‘Demo Day’ on 14 March where the start-ups will be pitching to investors.


Please share this update with any start-ups that you think might find it of interest. If possible, please share on your website and social media.


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Notes for Editors

The Central Research Laboratory, located at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, West London is an accelerator, incubator and co-working space. CRL was founded by regeneration specialists U+I in collaboration with Brunel University London and is supported by HEFCE and ERDF. The team work with innovative start-ups to create high-tech jobs and economic growth.

More information about CRL and the team can be found here

The CRL project is receiving up to £800,000 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit