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West London’s new home for innovative creative businesses, and those that design and make physical products. We're a Hardware Accelerator and Creative Co-working space. Keep up to date with our latest events and business opportunities on Twitter @CRL_LDN and Instagram @centralresearchlaboratory.

CRL is supported by the 2014 to 2022 European Regional Development Fund Programme.

Upcoming events (2)

Online Boost event: Preparing for Manufacture 3-day programme

Online event

Apply via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/Boostevent

Are you:

+ An early-stage electronic/ IoT hardware startup taking your first product to manufacture?

+ A scaling product company developing your first in-house design?
Unsure exactly what to expect from manufacturers and what to look for when deciding if they’re up to the job?

+ Trying to plot a course to product launch, but unsure what the costs and timeline might look like?

If your answer to these is yes, we’re here to help!

SUMMARY

This programme is delivered through an exciting new partnership that brings together two of the UK’s leading supporters of hardware innovation for the first time.

Over 3 half-day sessions, a team of experts from Mouser, Central Research Laboratory, selected partners and suppliers from their networks, will guide you through the process of preparing for production, testing and validating your product design, finding and connecting with suppliers, communicating your requirements, formalising and managing the relationship to ensure your first batch of the product meets your commercial targets, timelines and customer expectations.

The right approach to pre-production prototyping, testing, validation and the preparation and communication of clear product design requirements will not only save your business vast amounts of time and money but also ensure the roles and responsibilities in your supply chain are clearly defined and aligned to deliver reliable and cost-effective products.

SCHEDULE

Duration: 12 hours (across 3 days)

Dates: Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th February 2022

Times: 9 - 1 pm each day (with a break in the middle)

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

In addition, selected startups will also receive a COMPLIMENTARY 2-week hot desk membership at the Central Research Laboratory immediately after the event.

HOW TO APPLY

This is an in-depth course provided to a small group of participants to ensure maximum value. Because of this, space is extremely limited and we require startups to apply for a place. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis so apply early for the best opportunity of being selected.

ELIGIBILITY

+ Founder, CEO, CTO or Product Lead
+ UK registered
+ Preparing to launch a new product within 12 months
+ Available to attend the full programme
+ Completion of forms (in-line with our funding partner requirements*), including a registration form and a daily feedback form to confirm attendance for the full 12 hours programme.

*This 12-hour programme is fully funded for eligible startups. This programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Prototyping Strategy for Innovation: 5-day course

Central Research Laboratory

Apply on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/BoostPrototyping

Are you:

+ An early-stage, innovation focussed, product hardware startup?
+ Exploring new concepts for a physical product?
+ A scaling product company developing your first in-house innovation?
+ Working on a new product idea that you need to build and test?
+ Unsure how to plan your prototyping activity to deliver maximum value?
+ Unsure which processes to use or which materials to specify?

If the answer is yes, we’re here to help!

SUMMARY

This 1-week, hands-on business support programme is fully funded* and delivered by Plus X at The Central Research Laboratory in Hayes (West London). CRL work with entrepreneurs to launch award-winning businesses and have built a global reputation in hardware-focused support.

Product companies create many forms of prototypes between concept and manufacture. The creation of prototypes can be costly and time-consuming, yet it’s an essential part of the product development and innovation process. On the flip side, a simple model or rig can save months of wasted development and the acquisition of good data can unlock funding and attract investment. Doing the wrong thing is frustrating and expensive. Doing the right thing at the right time in the right way for the right reasons is key.

Good prototypes answer questions, make ideas tangible, deliver insights from the market or future users, provide performance data, clarify requirements and validate function, safety and efficacy.

The right approach to prototyping, testing and validation will enable you to prepare and communicate clear product design and performance requirements to manufacturers, save your business time and money and shorten the lead-time from concept to commercial launch.

DETAILS

Duration: 35 hours (across 5 days)
Location: Central Research Laboratory, Hayes
Dates: Monday 28th February to Friday 4th March 2022
Times: 10 - 5 pm each day (with a break in the middle)

ACROSS THE WEEK YOU WILL:

+ Receive hands-on training tailored to your company’s needs
+ Explore prototyping strategy in 1:1 sessions
+ Work closely with CRL’s in-house product development team to define your prototyping requirements and create design data
+ Receive training on the selection and use of prototyping equipment
+ Explore and use CRL’s state of the art workshops and prototyping facilities
+ Participate in workshops with a small cohort of product hardware startups and grow your network
+ Make prototypes!

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

In addition, selected startups will receive a COMPLIMENTARY 2-week membership with access to our workshop facilities at the Central Research Laboratory to further develop their prototype. The membership will take place immediately after the event.

Participants to this BOOST programme will also have access to 12 additional hours of support delivered by Brunel University London, free of charge. This will consist of a set of workshops with the overall purpose to help with the growth of your business.

HOW TO APPLY

This is an in-depth course provided to a small group of participants to ensure maximum value. Because of this, space is extremely limited and we require startups to apply for a place. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis so apply early for the best opportunity of being selected.

ELIGIBILITY

- Founder, CEO, CTO or Product Lead
- UK registered
- Developing a new hardware product
- Available to attend the full programme
- Completion of forms (in-line with our funding partner requirements*), including a registration form and a daily feedback form to confirm attendance for the full programme.

*This 35-hour programme is fully funded for eligible startups. This programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

To track the impact of this programme, CRL will contact participants in the future to capture updates on company growth and investment, or regarding further support available.
Spaces are limited to one per startup.

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