• #1 Instaprint "Best UK Cities for Millennial Start-Ups"

  • #2 Barclays’ SME Growth Factors Index "best cities in the UK in which to start a business"

  • #3 Instant Office’s "UK’s Most Entrepreneurial City 2018" Ranking

  • UK #1 for increase in digital business births 2006-16 at 568%

  • #4 Paymentsense "best UK cities to start a business in 2019"

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LoyalFree Interview on BBC Radio Leicester

BBC Radio Leicester’s Rupal Rajani’s interviewed Sophie and Jason from Leicester loyalty scheme and events startup LoyalFree last week. You can stream the interview here (starts at 2h 42m 30s). You can also listen to a previous Rupal Rajani interview from with Rajen and Suresh from ParentMonitor here.

Leicester Startups is Now a Community Interest Company

We’re pleased to announce that Leicester Startups has just taken a big step towards becoming “official”! After nearly seven years of “beg borrow or steal” we’ve now incorporated as a non-profit Community Interest Company with a mission to help local entrepreneurs. This will make it possible to organise membership at the soon-to-open Fibre coworking space […]

Building Work Progressing at Fibre Coworking Space

More progress at the forthcoming ‘Fibre’ entrepreneurs’ coworking space near DMU campus and the Royal Infirmary. The building is gearing up to accept startup tenants in the next few weeks – membership will be organised through Leicester Startups. Contact us if you’re interested in taking a space at Fibre.

Business Owners Sought for Schools Speed Networking Event @LLEPnews

The LLEP is looking for local employees across a range of sectors who would like to take part to talk about their career, give industry insights and provide employability ‘top tips’.  You can see a video of last year’s event here. Details and registration are here.

New! Leicester Startups Podcast: Episode #1 featuring James Wormington of Travamigos

We’re very pleased to announce today the very first episode of the Leicester Startups Podcast. This monthly series aims to shine a light on talent from across Leicester and Leicestershire to inspire listeners, whatever stage of the entrepreneurial journey they are on. In upcoming episodes we have founders discussing their successes, like securing millions of […]

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Next Events

September 25, 2019
Testing your startup idea
Location: DMU Innovation Centre
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with an innovative business idea? We can help you to explore quickly whether you have customers for your product or service, by planning where to find them and how to speak to them.  Expect a friendly environment, like-minded people, help with planning how to test your market quickly and info on where to go for more help.  People from all backgrounds welcome Sign up at: https://startuptesting250919.eventbrite.co.uk  #community
September 26, 2019
Founders-Only Round Table
Location: Fibre
Ever feel like you're running your startup from inside an echo chamber? Would you value the thoughts and insight of other local entrepreneurs who can scrutinise you and your business from outside your bubble? If so then our round table events are a great way to quickly give you objective clarity or a helpful nudge. Please note: this event is for active startup founders only. Please register at https://founderroundtable26sept19.eventbrite.co.uk #Community
September 27, 2019
University of Leicester Innovation Friday
Location: Leicester Innovation Hub | University of Leicester
Innovation Friday is an opportunity to network with the University of Leicester Innovation Hub Team, enterprising academics from here at Leicester and other universities too, innovators from local companies, recent student/graduate start-ups, regional businesses and innovation support organisations in a friendly and informal environment. Details and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-cake-friday-at-the-leicester-innovation-hub-tickets-49280054971
October 7, 2019
Free Startup Mentoring
Location: DMU Innovation Centre
Startup founders will be bookable all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions. Details and bookings open soon. #community
October 8, 2019
Leicester Digital Live
Location: Haymarket Theatre

Anicca Digital present Leicester’s premier digital marketing event, bringing you the latest in Ecommerce, Social Media, Paid Search & SEO from some of the UK's leading marketers and speakers. Get practical advice from some of the world’s leading marketers, brands and keynote speakers, in a one day event packed full of interesting digital content that you can take away and implement within your own business. Details and tickets at https://anicca.co.uk/leicester-digital-live/