We believe deeply in the power of partnership, especially when it comes to driving innovation.
We bring together startups, scaleups, universities, policy makers and corporations to tackle the big challenges we face today and make a meaningful impact on the world.
Designed to help business build a viable future
We help business scale for the future by collaborating with the startups and academics who are disrupting their industries. Working with fresh and diverse minds is the secret to igniting entrepreneurial company culture, inspiring teams and driving innovation in agile ways that are quicker, cheaper and more effective than traditional R&D.
We help the smartest minds in the world build amazing businesses
From mentorship to accelerator programmes – we provide the knowledge, guidance, connections and structure to unlock the potential of a great idea. Our teams offer a range of expertise from product design to investment, shaped to help entrepreneurs accelerate from launch to rapid growth. Our CRL Accelerator programme is supported by the ERDF.
Our current active programmes in all Plus X locations
Central Research Laboratory
The UK's first dynamic accelerator programme, supported by ERDF supporting hardware pioneers to build sustainable business.
- 6 month structured programme
- Supporting your customer needs and product fit
- Engineering & development expertise
- Funding & investment education
- Product manufacturing mentorship
- Growth marketing support
- Supported by the ERDF
Programme coming soon
Plus X Brighton will be announcing programmes at our launch in Spring 2020Read More
THE ACELERON STORY
“Our vision is to positively impact the lives of people globally. We are achieving this by continuously innovating our solutions and capabilities to provide the best lithium batteries available and the highest quality rapid testing for re-use.
CRL has transformed our startup from a university project to an award winning business”
CARLTON CUMMINS, CO-FOUNDER, ACELERON
This fast growing Company is producing lithium ion batteries for renewable energy, helping to reduce cost, waste and help developing Countries.
The CRL Accelerator team helped develop new business models for Aceleron, evolving their initial concept of re-purposing used electric car batteries to a wider proposition of energy storage as a service.
THE COSICARE STORY
“Its one thing to have an idea but its another to structure a business and have a plan to get all of the components you need to start a business”
1 in 5 children are currently suffering with Eczema in the UK.
CosiCare is a business that creates tools to mimic scratching and soothe itching. Patented technology offers a unique combination of cold and texture to soothe the skin safely and effectively.
Lauren Bell, the Founder of Cosicare joined the CRL accelerator in 2019. She has won numerous awards including Santander Entrepreneur of the Year, London Mayor’s Entrepreneur of 2019, Tata Varsity Pitch and Bosch Design Finalist.
“The team at CRL helped me re-think my original prototype which was ground-breaking for me. Using the facilities and expertise available, I was able to design a streamlined product ready for launch in 2020”.
THE MAKERS CABINET STORY
Makers Cabinet came together as a collective of artists, creatives and designers. Learning from their customers and pushing past the status quo of the industry, the team create inspiring, crafted drawing tools. Their first product launch was the Hovel pencil sharpener, raising £25,000 on Kickstarter.
“The workshops at CRL were perfect. The accelerator programme gave us space to work and mentorship with industry professionals”
The CRL workshops also enabled Makers Cabinet to explore various methods of production such as batch production versus mass production. Following the CRL programme, the team raised £250,000 through a variety of crowdfunding campaigns.
Makers Cabinet products are now sold all over the world with 50% of their customer base from the US.
THE MIMICA STORY
Solveiga Pakštaitė is the multi award winning founder of Mimica. In 2014, she conceived the concept of Mimica Touch, a temperature-sensitive indicator cap or label for food freshness, as part of her design degree at Brunel University.
Mimica Touch helps customers store food at the right temperature, and reduces food waste by showing when the food actually spoils, rather than relying on the wasteful worst-case scenario expiry date.
After graduating, Solveiga won the James Dyson Award for her freshness indicator project, attracting the attention of corporate food and drink producers and global media.
Over a 4 year period, Solveiga has gown the product development and team.
In 2015, she joined the CRL accelerator programme.
The programme helped her develop her early stage prototype and begin creating a business strategy for launching Mimica Touch.
Attracting £250k in grants and £1.35m in investment already, the Mimica team has grown to 8 people. Next steps for Solveiga and her team are to complete setting up the manufacture for launching Mimica Touch in the juice sector before expanding into other food groups.
Toby Kress has worked closely with startups for the past 10 years, designing and developing highly successful innovation programmes and accelerators for corporations, startups and scaleups. Before joining Plus X, Toby led the oldest business incubator in London, helping startups scale from launch to Series A.
“I like that tech hardware attracts a particular type of entrepreneur. They’ve got great engineering skills, deep technical knowledge and brilliant minds for problem-solving”
Mat's career began in Silicon Valley with world renowned innovation agency, IDEO. Since, he has been Chief Design Office at the Design Council and Managing Director of the Central Research Laboratory. He is recognised as a thought leader, frequently speaking at innovation and design conferences, arts and business institutions.
“Innovation is hard, but when you succeed it's magical. You imagine what is possible, you make that real and then you release it to your customers. And only then do you get to see the effect that you can have on the world.”
Penny Morgan has been managing programmes for 8 years, working on projects funded through the European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund, European Maritime Fisheries Fund and on local government programmes.
“I enjoy supporting local entrepreneurs with their innovative ideas and helping to bring their ideas to life”
For the past seven years, Anneza has worked with startups to establish international partnerships and roll out innovation programmes across the world. Anneza brings her experience from Startupbootcamp, where she managed a community of 22 accelerator programmes across 15 cities.
“I love a business success story and the reward is immense, working with our Accelerator members to help take their prototype concept to a viable business.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Jim is a product design consultant and co-founder of the phenomenally successful GravityLight. He explains, “GravityLight was designed for off-grid families living in energy poverty, who would otherwise be relying on dangerous and expensive kerosene for their home lighting. I co-founded GravityLight as a social venture, to deliver innovative solutions to off-grid, low income homes.”
“Product designers play a significant part in shaping the world around them – socially, environmentally, economically and culturally. Some products simply ought to exist. They ‘deserve’ to exist. These are the products that interest me.”