BRISSKit Health Research Software Event & Hack, Feb 23-24th

brisskit-logo-plain-100-0.2A conference and hack sponsored by the BRISSKit project to encourage collaboration in the provision and use of open source software tooling for health research data management.

Click here for full details: https://www.brisskit.le.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=9

BCS Leicester: Video Coding: principles and recent advances, Thurs 15th Jan

photoProf Raouf Hamzaoui, Head of Research in Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University, will be doing a talk on: Video Coding: principles and recent advances.

Open Coffee: Launch48 Team Pitches, Weds 17th Dec at DMU

This year’s Launch48 was bigger an better with five teams taking part and loads of really interesting startup ideas pitched. Come and hear from the teams describe their startup ideas at this final Open Coffee of the year.

New Venue: DMU Innovation Centre, 49 Oxford Street, Leicester, LE1 5XY

Startup Class for University of Leicester Maths Students

For the second year in a row I have been coaching entrepreneurially-minded students with Professor Jeremy Levesley from the Department of Mathemathics at University of Leicester. Like all universities, Leicester is keen to give students vocational experience as well as academic knowledge. However, many universities tend to focus on employability, assuming that their graduates will want to work for someone else rather than start their own businesses immediately.

How to Start a Startup: all the Y Combinator backed course videos and notes

Here are all the videos and notes from the Y Combinator ‘How To Start A Startup’ course…

Lean Startups Christmas Party, Mon 15th Dec at Incubate

photoTo celebrate the end of an eventful and exciting year, Incubate decided to organise a Christmas Party! You are all welcome!

Leicester is bursting with opportunities for tech start-ups – here’s why…

Interview about how the tech scene in Leicester started and how it is flourishing: http://www.ardent-software.com/leicester-bursting-opportunities-tech-start-ups-heres/

New EU VAT Regs on Digital Products are Madder than a UKIP Eurovision Party

ultimateweb 2014The EU are trying to stop multinational companies like Amazon and Google avoiding VAT by locating in low-VAT countries like Luxembourg. New regulations which take effect on 1st Jan 2015 require firms selling digital products to charge VAT in the country of sale rather than their own local country but the sting in this policy is that it applies not only to the massive firms but also to the microcompanies, sole traders and startups which often drive innovation.