Last Thursday the CRL was excited to host our Home of the Hardware Revolution, official launch event, bringing together our partners — U+I, Brunel University London and Hefce. Alongside this many other sector experts, startups and investors, as well as probably the most important, the support network for our startups, their friends and family.

It was a chance to celebrate and showcase the 11 CRL startups progress so far as part of the ever emerging Hardware sector and its developing ecosystem in London.

CRL Strategy Director Mat Hunter, shared the background and vision of the CRL, alongside the history of the place itself to the more than 150 guests who took the short train journey from Paddington to visit us. This heritage and vision was further reiterated and developed upon by Vice Chancellor and President at Brunel University London, Professor Julia Buckingham, Finance Director at U+I, Marcus Shepherd and Andrew Ward, Director of Corporate Relations at Brunel University London. reconnecting the important elements of opportunity, place, resources and investment.

“Sustainability and ‘making the world a better place’ are at the heart of the CRL”

The rest of the event was focused on sharing expert insights, experiences and discussion from those embedded in the London Hardware Ecosystem — from investors to entrepreneurs to startup businesses.

We’d like to extend our thanks to all the excellent panelists — Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, Simon Menashy, Investment Director MMC Ventures, Olivier Huez Partner C4 Ventures, Tim Stone Breed Reply, Jonathan Keeling Crowdcube, Colin Richardson, Co-founder & CM, Cocoon, Bethany Koby, co-founder and CEO of Technology Will Save Us, John Gahagan, Regional Director, Northern Europe of SONOS and Joachim Horn, Founder, Sam Labs

“Walking aids, high-tech gloves, vehicle data, among the CRL portfolio of young companies”

Finally It was also a chance to showcase the startups at the CRL with them sharing their products with the audience in fast paced sessions — really exciting to see how far they’ve come and when you see the variety and scope all together.

To read more and get a feel for the event check out our storify and keep an eye out for footage coming soon! We look forward to many more Hardware related discussions, debates and networking events.

06/04/2016 written by CRL