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LoyalFree launch charity scheme to help tackle homelessness

Leicester startup LoyalFree have launch a new charity initiative in the city to help tackle homelessness. Sophie Hainsworth, co-founder of LoyalFree, said, “We’ve been looking for a charity partner and as a Leicester-based company we wanted to help a good cause in the city.’’ For every loyalty stamp collected around any of the 14 towns […]

Announcing Leicester Startup Week 2019

Our second annual Leicester Startup Week starts on Monday 18th November at venues across the city. There’s a packed calendar of events to help startups at all stages of their journeys, culminating in our annual startup weekend. Here are highlights of the events and activities:- How to test your idea How to scale your business […]

New! Leicester Startups Podcast: Episode #3 featuring Jim Shields, founder of Twist and Shout Communications.

Jim Shields is the founder of the video production company Twist and Shout Communications. They specialise in making corporate videos with… a twist! In this episode Jim talks about losing his house, finding fans not customers, dealing with theft and the pivot that changed his life. Oh and there’s some exclusive news from Jim in […]

Free Startup Mentoring, Weds 20th Nov at DMU

Tech Nation Entrepreneur Engagement Manager Naomi Watts and startup founder Ben Ravilious are bookable all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions. Venue: The Innovation Centre, De Montfort University, 49 Oxford Street, Leicester, LE1 5XY   CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SLOT   Naomi […]

The Creative Mill Now Home Sweet Home for Deadhappy

Leicester-based life insurance startup DeadHappy have recently joined ESL Gaming, Williams Commerce and Cloudfy in relocating to the new Creative Mill centre on Mansfield Street in the city centre. Since launching in February 2019, DeadHappy has welcomed tens of thousands of customers to create ‘deathwishes’ through its life insurance platform. These final wishes help customers […]

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Next Events

November 18, 2019
Startup Week 2019
Location: Various
Leicester Startup Week is week-long festival of events focused on supporting entrepreneurs, startups and social innovators running across Leicester from 18 to 24 November. Check out the full schedule here: http://www.leicesterstartups.com/startup-week/ #community
November 19, 2019
Build & Scale Your Business - A Founder Masterclass
Location: Leicester Innovation Hub | University of Leicester
You’ve found some customers, you’re making money and things are getting serious – where do you go from here? Transitioning from an experimental startup to a fully functioning business can be hard. Join us to hear how three serial entrepreneurs, Suresh Patel
Tackled major milestones whilst building and scaling their businesses; from first hires to finding partners and investors. Sign up here: https://buildandscale211119.eventbrite.co.uk #community #startupweek
Business Startup Cafe
Location: Leicester Innovation Hub | University of Leicester
University of Leicester Start-Up Cafés are opportunities to network with entrepreneurs, local business leaders, academic business champions and graduates and undergraduates interested in start-up.

Whether you have just a spark of an idea, are running a business or just aspire to be your own boss this is the place for you! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/business-start-up-cafe-tickets-77782510583 #community #startupweek
November 20, 2019
Free Startup Mentoring at DMU
Location: The Innovation Centre
Tech Nation Entrepreneur Engagement Manager Naomi Watts and startup founder Ben Ravilious are bookable all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions. To book a slot, visit https://www.leicesterstartups.com/startup-mentoring-201119-dmu/ #community #startupweek
Leicester a Startup City - Tech Nation UK
Location: DMU Innovation Centre
Join us to discuss how Leicester's entrepreneurial potential can be fully realised, with insights on Leicester’s startup vital statistics from Tech Nation UK. Lean more bout how Tech Nation UK can support your business and your city. https://stateoftechnation201119.eventbrite.co.uk #community #startupweek