Open Coffee: Techstars Accelerator, Weds 19th Nov at DMU

Sarah Cochrane: Techstars Accelerator Programme

Sarah Cochrane is a Techstars acceperator programme alumna now living in the Midlands, who co-founded vetinary healthcare startup VetCloud which was part of the Techstars London class of 2013. Sarah will describe what she learnt from the Techstars programme, and how it’s helping her in her current job. Expanding The Development Team

Leicester startup are expanding their team and are looking for world class web developers, preferably full time but would also be interested in talking to any freelancers who want to work on a 6 month project.

IBM at University of Leicester Startup Cafe, Tues 18th Nov

Here are details of the next startup cafe at University of Leicester, featuring speakers from IBM. This event welcomes non-students.

You may be interested in our upcoming Business Start-Up Café event on 18 November.  We will be joined by IBM executives speaking about developments in their business and how they can support start-ups and small businesses with their technologies.  See our invitation circular below and please feel free to send on to any other groups you know:


Hear from multinational technology and consulting company IBM how they are helping small businesses and entrepreneurs at our next Business Start-Up Cafe (18 Nov 5-7pm)


At our next Start Up Café we’ll be joined by guest speaker Neil Woodcock, Independent Software Vendor Executive (ISV) at IBM and Chief Operating Officer of Tarmin Inc.

Also joining us will be Angela Bates, IBM Global Entrepreneur and Start-up Programmes Leader and Mike Barrie, Technology Executive, ISV and Developer Relations at IBM – Banking, Smarter Cities, Cloud Computing.


This is an excellent opportunity to network with IBM executives and better understand how the company may be able to support you to grow and develop your business.


Start Up Café gives you the opportunity to make links and connect with the business and enterprise community on the University of Leicester’s campus – everyone is welcome!


Use this opportunity to:

•             Connect with fellow entrepreneurs, current students and graduates to develop your business.

•             Network with the local business community and build new partnerships.

•             Learn about how IBM’s programme Champions For Growth supports Start Ups with growth and development and specific expertise.


Visitors to the University please book your space here:

Students please sign up on MyCareers here:





Pete Hitchings

Project Officer (WISE)

Career Development Service, University of Leicester,
University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

T: 0116 229 7693

Web Scraping in Action, Tues 11th Nov at Incubate

When you are exploring web based data there isn’t always an API. You have to resort to old fashioned web scraping, often using a good old regular expression in a scripting language but there there are some new libraries and tools to help. Come learn some modern techniques for web scraping from Dhiwa Thangavelu who does it professionally.

Discuss LeanConf, Tues 9th Dec at Incubate

photoUpon their return from LeanConf Manchester 2014, the biggest event in Lean Startups in the UK, Constantina Katsari and Paul Muston will share what they learnt with the rest of the group.

New Meetup Group: Leicester Data Hacking and Visualisation

There’s a new meetup group in Leicester for people interested in Data Hacking and Visualisation.

“Leicester Data Hacking and Visualization Meetup is a community of people interested in manipulating data and visualization. We explore the full range of techniques for converting raw data into visible, shareable insights. We use techniques like scripting languages to collect and manipulate data. Representing data in databases (big or small), several of which are schema-less (NoSQL), or even in files from plain old CSV to those stored across large clusters.Feel free to participate if you are out to start learning, or a long time data miner (before it was even called data science). Your interest in data could be from open government, through business insights, to scientific computing. It could just be putting information on a timeline, showing connections or creating graphics purely for their aesthetics via very simple algorithms.”

Click here to join the group on