Bank of TMC Growth Grants

Details of The Bank of TMC’s new grant programme for existing businesses that deliver products or services for young people…


Grants for Established Businesses


The aim of the fund is to provide financial assistance to help to grow your business. Growth grants from £500 – £1,500 are available to improve your businesses performance.


Who can apply?

For the purposes of the project we are keen to hear from small businesses that currently deliver or are seeking to develop products and/or services to young people aged 0 -25.


Your business will be eligible for an existing business grant if it meets the criteria set out below. In order to be considered for support under this programme, you must be able to demonstrate that:


  • Your business is located or delivering products and / or services in the city of Leicester
  • You have been trading for a minimum for six months
  • You are providing or developing a product or service to children and young people aged 0 – 25 at the time of your application for support
  • Committed to increasing turnover
  • Able to contribute a minimum of 45% private investment towards the total project costs requested


More information on the Bank of TMC can be found on our website


If you have any queries or need help with the form please contact Rob Aitken, the Bank of TMC Manager on 01162616834 or


About the Bank of TMC


The Bank of TMC is a business start-up and business growth initiative that provides individuals and businesses with tailored advice and support.


The Bank of TMC offer is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is currently offered to young people in Leicester City and now open to all businesses providing a product or service to children and young people in the city.


The priority programme objectives are:

  1. To increase business turnover and/or business performance
  2. To create new jobs
  3. To improve environmental impact and sustainability

Tips for Mentoring at a Startup Weekend

Last weekend I had the pleasure of mentoring startup teams at the annual Launch48 startup weekend here in Leicester. The event gives budding tech entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch, build and launch a startup over the course of a weekend with mentoring and advice from experts.

Start Up Cafe at University of Leicester, Tues 9 Dec

University_of_Leicester_Logo_ShieldThere will be entrepreneurs, including local business leaders, academics and graduates running a business, to network with. Whether you are a university student or are from the local business community it would be great if you could join us, so please book your place. – Web Developer Leicester Job

To complement its rapid growth, a rare opportunity is available for an experienced Web Developer to join a market leader in cloud based feedback solutions. Based in Leicester City Centre, the successful Web Developer will earn £35,000 – £50,000 depending on experience and a will receive a full benefits package.

BCS Leicester: Digital Forensics and the Way Forward, Oct 15th


Andrew Jones, Visiting Professor to Cyber Security Centre at De Montfort University will look at the way in which digital forensics is currently undertaken and the changes that will have to be made to meet the demands of the future. The increasing pace of change and the advent of mobile technologies, Cloud computing, the Android operating system, solid state technologies and the increased size of random access memory and storage media all place requirements on the methods and tools that are used in digital forensic investigations.

See Inside DMU Innovation Centre’s New Co-Working Space

A substantial part of the ground floor of DMU’s Innovation Centre has been converted into an exciting new co-working space for startups with room for events and a communal kitchen.

Attendees of tomorrow’s Open Coffee (10am, Weds 19th Nov) will be the first people to use the space which will be open from 9am to 5pm weekdays starting tomorrow.

For more details about the co-working space, contact Simon Baines at

One end of the room has been configured for tomorrow’s presentation:-
DMU innovation cafe 1

Innovation Centre Manager Simon Baines shows off the main co-working area:-
DMU innovation cafe 2

The communal kitchen/cafe area:-
DMU innovation cafe 3

Code Club’s First Ever Leicester Meetup

News of another great opportunity to get kids interested in coding…

Code Club is a national not-for-profit organisation that runs and supports after-school coding clubs for children aged 9 – 11. Our unique approach is to take volunteers with programming backgrounds and put them in touch with local primary schools, so that they can use free materials from Code Club to inspire the next generation to get into coding.

We currently have Code Clubs running in 17 schools in the Leicester area and are holding a meetup to bring these schools together and also welcome new schools who are interested in running a Code Club, or potential volunteers who are would like to find out more about what is involved.

The event takes place on Thursday 27th November from 7 – 8.30pm at the Phoenix Centre in Leicester, and is completely free, with refreshments provided. More information is available here: and there’s a lot more information about Code Club at

Volunteering with Code Club is a rewarding and challenging experience. Why not come along and hear for yourself? If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at

Katharine Childs
East Midlands Regional Co-Ordinator

Open Coffee Opens DMU’s New Co-Working Space

This week’s Open Coffee, Wednesday 19th Nov at 10am, will be the inaugural event at De Montfort University Innovation Centre’s new Co-Working space. Come and have a look around the new venue and hear Sarah Cochrane share her experience of the TechStars Accelerator programme.

The Innovation Centre at De Monfort University is a beacon for innovative thinking; sharing, championing and showcasing entrepreneurial creativity from a community encompassing De Montfort University’s students, staff and graduates together with innovative local start-up businesses.

Built around an inspiring, supportive community, the Innovation Centre provides a single point of access to a broad range of specialist contacts and resources that enable enterprising people to develop, launch and grow exciting new ideas into successful commercial ventures.

Next year, The Innovation Centre at De Montfort University will officially launch its new Co-Working cafe space, which has been designed as a fully flexible space in which students, graduates, academics, staff, Innovation Centre tenants and the local start-up community can work side-by-side, free of charge.

Whilst the space won’t be officially finished and opened until 2015, it will be available for use from Wednesday, 19th November between the hours of 9am and 5pm. For more details contact Simon Baines at

Donations Wanted for CoderDojo Leicester Kids Coding Club

LeicsDojoHere is a request for donations from the organisers of CoderDojo Leicester who are looking to diversify the skills they offer to teach kids how to code…






Dear Everybody,


Our club has now been running for over a year and has grown gradually throughout. We now have an average of 15 weekly attendees with varying levels of skills. We hope that this club will continue to grow and with that we hope to diversify the level of skills.


Below are some of the skills that we have learned so far:

  • Scratch
    • Various complex programming concepts in the form of fun animations and games.
    • Learning concept to control Lego Mindstorm
  • HTML         
  • Python     
    • Worked out the python interface to the BrickPi module by experimentation and understanding the examples.
    • Writing functions to turn robot direction commands into motor speed.
  • Robotics   
    • Building and optimising a differential drive robot out of Lego Mindstorms parts.
    • Reading data from an ultrasonic range sensor and processing it to detect obstacles.
    • Combining these functions to create a robot who can escape from a simple maze.(nearly!)

So far we have been sponsored:

  • 5 x Raspberry Pis
  • The venue
  • Brick Pi (Interface between Raspberry Pi and Lego Mindstorm)
  • The Mindstorm has been provided (on loan) by Dave, one of our volunteers.


The aim of the club is to eventually be able to give the kids the opportunity to learn lots of different technical skills, that will not only benefit their future career, but also show them how fun it can be. In order to do this we need to be able to buy some kit.


Guidance Navigation Limited have allowed us to use their facilities at 2 Meridian South since the club started and are now sponsoring us £500, with the opportunity of matching donations up to another £500. Below is a plan of what we would like to do with the monies, depending on how much we raise:



  • £169 to front the purchasing of 50 wristbands for kids to keep all their work in one place
  • £200 Lego Mindstorm Kit
  • £140 Brick Pi and batteries


  • £200 2 x Electronic Kit with 300 different experiments
  • £100 5 x Raspberry Pi time lapse cameras
  • £240 3 x Arduino starter kit
  • £50 Books with Arduino projects and experiments



  • £180 Entry fee for competition
  • £220 Competition related expenses

The club is free and will remain free. This is just an email asking for donations, so that we can buy some kit to diversify the skills of all the members of our club and to take advantage of the great opportunity that was made to us by Guidance Navigation. We have until the 31st of November to raise the monies, so if you wish to make a donation, you can either give it to Ed at out next session ( or if it’s easier you can transfer into the account stated below, with CDL written as the reference.

Sort Code: 40-28-24

Account #: 81556096


We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for coming every week and for being so enthusiastic about learning.


Kind regards,

The Leicester CoderDojo team 🙂