• #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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Job: Start-up Leicester Co-working Project Manager

This is an exciting opportunity at University of Leicester for a passionate and entrepreneurial project manager who is keen to bring about flexible co-working space to support the entrepreneurial community, including entrepreneurs, new start-ups, existing businesses, freelancers, remote employees, academics, students and graduates. You will drive and facilitate communications, marketing and support the development of […]

LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards 2020: Nominations Close 15th Jan

The LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards 2020 will once again celebrate the very best technology, services, digital advances, and creative thinking that Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have to offer.  As well as celebrating the winners there will also be an expo featuring guests speakers sharing their expertise in innovation and technology and a chance for some of […]

New! Leicester Startups Podcast: Episode #5 featuring Alex Ruhl of Cats Are Not Peas

Alex Ruhl is the founder of Cats Are Not Peas, a virtual reality film production studio. Based in Market Harborough, she has a fascinating history which includes becoming a champion kick boxer, travelling the globe and being one of the world leaders in virtual reality technology. In this episode she discusses how she discovered VR, […]

NatWest and DMU Innovation Centre Pre Accelerator Programme

The DMU Innovation Centre is delighted to be hosting the first NatWest Pre Accelerator programme in Leicester. The programme is designed to give entrepreneurs the power to start, scale and succeed. It is a fully-funded, quick-fire, intensive eight-week course for early-stage entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are busy people. That’s why the Pre Accelerator has been designed as a […]

New! Leicester Startups Podcast: Episode #4 featuring Hamzah Malik CEO of Regent Branding

Hamzah Malik is the CEO of digital agency Regent Branding and the founder of Drench, a discount voucher app. In this episode Hamzah talks about being obsessed with CEO’s whilst his friends were idolising footballers; finding customers on train journeys; and how he manages a team dotted around the globe.  Listen to the full episode👇 […]

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Next Events

January 23, 2020
NatWest Satellite Pre-Accelerator Ignition
Location: The Innovation Centre

Pre-Accelerator is designed to give entrepreneurs the power to start, scale and succeed. Fully Funded by NatWest and De Montfort University (but open to anyone), it provides a fully-funded, quick-fire, intensive eight-week course for early-stage entrepreneurs. Details and booking here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natwest-satellite-pre-accelerator-ignition-leicester-tickets-83958499131  
January 31, 2020
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/innovation-friday-at-the-leicester-innovation-hub-tickets-49280209433