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CRL's latest hardware Accelerator cohort launches

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CRL 5th acceleratorThe Central Research Laboratory's (CRL) fifth hardware Accelerator cohort launches, with eight startups joining the 6 month hardware focused accelerator programme based in Hayes, West London, on the former site of EMI Records headquarters.

Founded in 2015, the hardware accelerator, based in Hayes, West London (on the former site of EMI Records headquarters), is an accelerator, incubator, and co-working space part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, supporting innovative startups to create high-tech jobs. The latest cohort of eight businesses bring with them exciting new products and expertise from wearable, health tech and sustainability-related fields.

Led by Inty Grønneberg, a serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in innovation and manufacture in Europe, Asia and South America, the hardware programme continues to benefit from the support of Alex Peet (Head of Product Development), Alice Johnson (Accelerator Lead) and Jim Reeves – Founder of GravityLight as Entrepreneur in Residence.

Previous notable CRL startups include BrightSign (smart glove that translates sign language to speech), Chip[s] Board (innovative MDF-like material made from potato waste) and Mimica (smart packaging to reduce food waste) and Aceleron (Re-use of Lithium Ion battery cells). 

The latest startups selected for the CRL fifth programme are:

Una by Stealthy

Una by Stealthy is the first modular UV sensor enabled jewellery collection designed to tackle Vitamin D deficiency in women. “Una” is the first collection developed under the Stealthy brand, and is designed with inclusivity, modularity and sustainability in mind. 

Moment PebbleMoment Pebbles

A pocket-sized must-have for busy people who want to experience the benefits of meditation or mindfulness. The Moment Pebble provides a focal point to help you appreciate the moment and bring mindful attention to your life.

Brahman Design

Brahman Design are made up of three designers who design beautiful stationery products which last your lifetime. With their already successful product Høvel, a new take on the pencil sharpener, they are hoping to grow their business. 


Y-Heels is an adaptable, multipurpose shoe that allows women to interchange the heel height and style to provide comfort and suit individuals unique styles.


Cosi is a business dedicated to designing for children with Eczema in mind. Cosi is a concept that aims to offer a fun and engaging alternative to Eczema symptom management. Offering a tool for parents and children to use to soothe the itching sensation and ultimately avoid being trapped within the frustrating itch-scratch cycle.

Nx Steps

Nx StepsWe are recommended to take 10,000 steps per day, in those ten thousand steps lies a wealth of information about who we are? how our body works? and when it works best? At Nxsteps they want to bring that information to your fingertips. Through foot data, they want to create a health and wellbeing ecosystem helping you walk, run and perform better than ever before.

Agile Planet 

Agile planet was founded to help solve some of the biggest challenges we are facing as a species. Their first product is Ember, a kiln forAgile Planet small scale gardeners to create a smokeless fire, burning their garden waste and producing Biochar. When Biochar is added to soil, it increases plant growth by up to 200%.

Fanatic House

Dorota Grabkowska, director of Fanatic House Ltd, is developing a range of new sports body protectors, that will offer excellent fit, comfort and unrestricted movement, while providing high safety standards for impact protection. She is currently working on a mountain bike protector vest featuring lightweight, flexible design and high impact absorption technology. Her long term goal is to create a leading body armour brand designed for riders, by riders. Dorota’s idea has been so far backed by KTN and Innovate UK through the Infocus Women in Innovation Award in 2016.


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Published on: 1st October 2018

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