Central Research Laboratory Hardware Accelerator Programme

Start-up grant, equity, plus access to expertise, a workspace, equipment and technical support is available to 12 UK based hardware start-ups.

Each team receives free office space, 24/7 access to high-end prototyping labs, a £5,000 grant and deep commercial and product development expertise. In return, the CRL takes 6% equity in each company.

CRL startups are provided with an unrivalled package of support. For nine months, successful applicants will receive:

  • Daily support from a team of in-house designers and manufacturing experts.
  • Access to expert mentors, dedicated to helping the applicant grow their business.
  • Regular workshops and master classes from successful designers and entrepreneurs.
  • An events programme.
  • Membership of a pioneering community of hardware entrepreneurs.
  • 24/7 access to a bespoke workspace at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, West London.
  • A wealth of prototyping equipment and technical support.
  • A chance to learn firsthand about manufacturing, supply chains and distribution during a trip to a local, European or Asian manufacturer.
  • £5,000 grant per business to support start-up costs.
  • Access to key investors and practical help with raising funding.

This is in return for a 6% equity stake.