Accelerator Programmes

Next week’s Open Coffee talk on 6th March will be by Simon Jenner, co-founder of Oxygen Accelerator (Birmingham) who will lift the lid on startup accelerators and tell us a bit about Oxygen which is still taking applications for their 2013 programme.

Accelerators are intensive ‘bootcamps’ for startups, typically lasting 3 months, which provide hands-on funding, mentoring, training and events in return for equity in the selected businesses.

As ever, there will be an opportunity to network freely with other attendees after the speaker.

Please register here if you are planning on attending:

Dotforge Accelerator Programme

Following on from Jag Goraya’s brief heads-up at Open Coffee on Wednesday (6th Feb), here are further details about the Dotforge Accelerator.

dot-forge_smallDotforge is a lean accelerator programme for early-stage tech startups. We help founders build commercially robust product-based businesses that can scale to reach global markets.

Dotforge combines an intensive mentorship and execution programme with investment capital to accelerate the growth of ambitious lean startups that have global potential. Participating startups can get up to £25,000 per founder in seed capital and optional entrepreneur loan plus streamlined access to over £150k of follow-on funding. This is on top of around $300k of perks and deals from the likes of Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, plus free office accommodation and 1-to-1 support from world-class mentors, investors and specialists to help accelerate your business. In return we take 6% equity.

The programme is open to startups from across the world. If you’re successful in applying you’ll embark on an intense 13-week journey that is the equivalent of running a business for a year at normal pace, culminating in pitch days in front of the international investment and tech press community.

The programme is particularly interested in startups with strong B2B or big data focus, and will also appeal to businesses looking to leverage the region’s leading e-learning, e-health and public sector supply chains and networks.

The deadline for applications (via is noon on 25 February 2013.

You can also follow Dotforge on twitter.

Virtual Roman Leicester

Registration for our next Open Coffee session on 20th Feb is now OPEN at

We’re delighted to have Dr Eric Tatham, Faculty of Technology and Nick Higgett, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University coming to talk about the Virtual Roman Leicester project which uses digital technology to visualise the known artifacts and buildings of Roman Leicester. This will include a demo of the forthcoming augmented reality iPad app for the project.

We will also have table experts available for free one-to-one drop-in sessions with experts in particular fields relating to startups. Book your slot with them on the day:-

Register now at

For more details, visit the Virtual Romans Facebook page.

Meet The Startups

Our next Open Coffee event at Phoenix Cafe Bar will give everyone the opportunity to meet Leicester’s existing tech startup talent. We will have brief intro presentations from Meethub, Rmend, Spectacle Labs, ParticiPoll, Finer Day, Cloudscience & AgendaVault plus an opportunity to ask questions.

Please visit our EventBrite page to register for this free event: