03/08/2018

CRL Demo Day

It was a hot Thursday evening on the 19th of July at U+I's London HQ. The audience hushed which meant it was the started of the Central Research Labs' Demo Day.

CRL specialises in hardware start-ups and runs an accelerator in the old EMI Vinyl Factory in Hayes (which was also the home of EMI's Central Research Laboratory's where the accelerator took its name from).

There was an intro from Matt Hunter of CRL and then Marcus Shepherd, U+I’s Chief Finance Office and then Hadeel Ayoub of BrightSign and Andrie Danescu of Botsandus who presented their entrepreneurial journeys and vision for the future.

The 5 start-ups that went through the program and they were: -

  • Waalflower - a smart charging solution for tablets/phones presented by Arun Thangavel
  • @waalflower
  • Ignius - a device to keep women safe when leaving work, mainly for the Indian market, founded by Chakshu Saharan.
  • Animaro - a design studio led by Matt Gilbert making an 'animated' solstice clock.
  • Gilaasi - make glasses with an LCD film that can be instantly switched from clear to dark and vice versa worn by Bukki Adedapo.
  • Chip[s]board - an MDF replacement made from potato waste products and fried by Rowan Minkley & Robert Nicoll.

Some really interesting companies there and it's going to be exciting to see what happens as CRL expand to other sites across the UK.