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Mouser partners with Central Research Laboratory

Mouser Electronics has announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with the Central Research Laboratory (CRL) that is intended to accelerate the growth and learning of product makers and start-ups in the United Kingdom.

Based in Hayes, northwest London, CRL is the UK’s first purpose-built hardware accelerator programme and is currently working with its 7th cohort of members. Applicants who are accepted into the programme are based at the CRL for an intensive, hands-on, six month programme focused on product development, commercial strategy and investor readiness.

Mouser will provide 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 provides an opportunity for applicants in each cohort to pitch and demonstrate their inventions to potential investors and partners.

CRL’s start-up incubator is intended to help people with outstanding design and engineering talent to not only benefit from entrepreneurial advice and support for their commercial product ideas but also to access the essential manufacturing machinery and product hardware needed to make those ideas physically come to life. CRL supports entrepreneurs from concept development through to prototyping and first batch production and scaling up for commercial orders.

“We are excited to be involved in this inspiring new partnership with CRL. After our first meeting with them three years ago, we knew CRL had the potential to help grow and encourage product innovation, and this is why they were selected for the partnership,” explained Mark Patrick, Technical Marketing Manager, EMEA Mouser Electronics. “As a global distribution company, we are committed to helping hardware entrepreneurs and inventors reach commercial success. 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, Managing Director of the CRL, added, “Many of our start-ups rely on Mouser for components as they develop their prototypes and products, and we’re thrilled to be working with them in this new partnership to bring even more support to the innovators and inventors we support. I can’t wait to see the exciting start-up successes that come out of this collaboration and be able to share their stories with the world.”

Neil Tyler

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