Mouser partners with Central Research Laboratory to empower British hardware innovators

02 June 2021


Electronic components distributor, Mouser has entered into a new partnership agreement with innovation incubation centre, the Central Research Laboratory (CRL) for 2021. For the second consecutive year, the distributor will support the Start-up Accelerator programme, which will enhance the growth & learning of product makers & start-ups in the UK.

Based in Hayes, northwest London, CRL is the UK’s first purpose-built hardware accelerator programme and is currently working with its eighth cohort of members. Applicants accepted into the Accelerator programme are based at the CRL for an intensive, hands-on, six-month programme focused on product development, commercial strategy and investor readiness.

This year’s programme includes an exciting calendar of live events that started with a two-day Hackathon on 24th May and concludes in November following Demo Day and Investor Day.

Mouser will play a vital role in the product development process, providing the start-ups with design tools and resources, enabling them to access the latest technology, and connecting them with an extensive network of supplier technical experts. Additionally, Mouser will also provide specific technological insights through open events and workshops, including CRL’s Demo Day in November, which offers an opportunity for applicants in each cohort to pitch and demonstrate their inventions to potential investors and partners.

CRL’s start-up incubator helps people with outstanding design and engineering talent to not only benefit from entrepreneurial advice, but also to access the essential manufacturing machinery and product hardware needed to make those ideas physically come to life. CRL supports entrepreneurs at every stage of the journey, from concept development and prototyping to scaling up for commercial orders. The incubator allows inventors to focus on growing their businesses by providing them with opportunities for mentoring and funding along the way.

We are excited to be supporting CRL again in 2021, especially after witnessing the incredibly successful programme last year. We’ve seen CRL grow and encourage some brilliant start-ups, and we’ve been able to support by offering expertise, connections, tools, and resources,” explains Mark Patrick, Technical Marketing Manager, Mouser Electronics EMEA. “As a global distribution company focused on empowering innovation, it is our mission to help makers and innovators, not only by empowering them with the widest range of component suppliers at their fingertips, but also by sharing practical expertise, tips, and advice on electronics.

Toby Kress, Programmes Director at the CRL adds, “We’re thrilled to be working with Mouser again this year, and we look forward to seeing how Mouser will support 2021’s innovators and inventors.

Many of our start-ups rely on Mouser for components as they develop their prototypes and products, but we also saw invaluable benefit from Mouser’s extensive supplier network last year as Mouser was able to put start-ups in touch with relevant suppliers for design and development support.

The original Central Research Laboratory (CRL) was founded by EMI in the 1960s as the company’s collaborative R&D division and was based in Hayes, Middlesex. Here, scientists and inventors pioneered innovations such as stereo sound and airborne radar; they also turned television into a commercial product; registered early patents and IP for finger print and retina scan technologies; undertook numerous undisclosed innovation MoD projects; and developed early LCD (liquid crystal display) technology, magnetic technology that was applied to the first commercially used credit cards and the CAT scanner.

In 2016, a private investment organisation, with the support of Brunel University London and HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England), the Central Research Laboratory was reborn in the form of an innovation incubation centre, only a stone's throw from the previous CRL site in Hayes.

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