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Reducing plastic waste in skincare, making technology more accessible, improving our mental health, ensuring safe and sustainable use of space, enhancing VR with scent, and connecting people with portable 3D printing solutions are just a few of the challenges founders on the CRL Accelerator programme are tackling with their products.  

Having spent six intense months working on their physical products and deepening their knowledge on the business side of running a startup, founders Disruptor London, Feathertail, Deep Sym, Lumi Space, Scentient, and fotostax have now officially graduated. 

To recognise the progress and milestones of the 9th cohort of the CRL Accelerator in the last six months of the programme, we threw two bigger-than-ever Demo Day events this November. Missed the online Demo Day? Watch the replay below.  

Following an invigorating online event with more than 200 attendees, the founders and CRL Accelerator team unlocked the power of Interconnection at the Demo Day Gala in Central London.  

This year, we chose to embrace meaningful connections with our broad network of inventors, mentors, investors, and founders.

It was a truly magical night packed with thought-provoking conversations, product showcases, and new connections – a true reflection of the brilliant community we strive to foster across our innovation hubs. Ginny Radmall, Director at the Ivy Way, said “The atmosphere in the room was electric, which perfectly mirrored the theme of the night – Interconnected.” 

As the dust settles from the excitement, the inventors are thinking deeply on their next steps. See how you can stay in touch with Cohort 9 to see what’s next for these innovative products. 

Just before we waved farewell to our founders, we spoke to the cohort to find out what they found most useful about their time on the CRL Accelerator.

For Kira Zhigalina, Founder at Deep Sym, the community was the key highlight of her time on the programme: “CRL provides you with an opportunity for self-growth in a supportive environment with people who want to see you exceed.”  

Ivan Novikov, Co-founder at Scentient, praised our product development team, “The product development aspect exceeded any expectations we had. We were hoping to come away with essentially a box that let off smells but due to the Product Development team’s work and enthusiasm, we have come away with a works-like looks-like model!” 

Interested in our future innovation programmes? Register your interest for the next CRL Accelerator cohort now. 

CRL Accelerator is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund.  





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