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Central Research Laboratory (CRL) is about doing extraordinary things – making extraordinary products, starting extraordinary businesses and giving ambitious teams an extraordinary place, with everything they need to bring their innovations to the marketplace.
What makes CRL unique is that it’s designed to support entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey – from concept development, through prototyping, first batch production and beyond – with mentoring and investment provided along the way.
We also have a strong commitment to collaboration and community. Our programme of mentoring, technical advice, exhibitions and events is just as important as our prototyping labs and workspace.
We run bi-monthly networking events which are free to local businesses who have an interest in hardware, innovation, and in being part of the hardware and technology community in West London. Join our group for updates here.
Coworking: We have dedicated hot desks, fixed desks, and studios available for local businesses to rent and be an active part of the CRL community. Membership gets you 24 hr access to the space, access to four prototyping workshops (if you are a hardware business or product creator) exclusive member business development workshops and expert mentoring, socials and community events, and much more. We currently have an offer for the first 10 members in 2017, who will receive a 50% reduction in membership fees. Find out more here.
Accelerator: Every year we look for the most ambitious hardware startups to join our 9-month programme that starts in mid-September. We'll be opening up our next application round in early June 2017.
Each team receives free office space, 24/7 access to high-end prototyping labs, a £5k grant and deep commercial and product development expertise. In return, the CRL takes 6% equity in each company. Find out more about our programme here.
We are interested in working with local businesses, either to collaborate on events, or to inform and grow our business development programme, by sharing knowledge and expertise. Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved with our community and help us to support innovative entrepreneurs!
About our partners
HEFCE & Brunel University - Based in West London, Brunel University London is a leading UK university that tops league tables in both engineering and product design. It is a key strategic partner in making CRL a success and is passionate about seeing research output and the talent of graduates transformed into commercial success.U&I PLC - U+I is a property regeneration company that transforms undervalued parts of towns and cities into communities where people and enterprise can thrive. U+I has an ambitious vision for The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes and CRL is at its heart. Working in seamless partnership with universities, industry experts and investors U+I are committed to making Hayes the heart of the new industrial revolution in the UK