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Central Research Laboratory

Central Research Laboratory is a co-working space and Hardware Accelerator, based at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes West London, and is open to Brunel graduates and Alumni that want to turn their product and technology ideas into a new business. 

Turn your product idea into a business at CRL

Every year the Hardware Accelerator Programme, looks to support and take the best product based ideas to market. The 6 month programme includes sessions and practical workshops on Business start-up, Market and Product development, Design for Manufacture and Investment Readiness. There are also opportunities to visit European & Chinese manufacturers.

Joining the programme will help you:

  • Understand what your customers really want and what value your product brings
  • Get your product manufactured at the right cost and set up supply chains for scale
  • Gain the hardware-specific funding you need, from grants to crowdfunding and angel investors.

In addition, you’ll receive a start-up grant of £5000, 24/7 access to CRL workshops and workspace, as well as high quality mentoring from industry professionals.

Find out more about CRL

To find out more about CRL get in touch with: or contact the CRL team:


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