Leicester Startup Weekend 2017

Ever had a great idea for a web, app or tech startup business but not had the time, experience or connections to bring it to life? This weekend-long event is dedicated to team building, expert mentoring, networking and pitching to help you turn your business idea into a ready-to-launch startup. With a mix of technical and non-technical attendees, it doesn’t matter what experience or skill set you have, as long as you have enthusiasm to try new things and work together on new ideas.


Amy Dickens: The three Ws, 2nd Feb

Amy Dickens from the Mixed Reality Lab at The University of Nottingham will be giving a talk on three important questions you should ask when designing interfaces for users. Amy’s research is in gesture controlled sound for users with complex disabilities and in her talk she will guide you through some of the expected and not so expected criteria she encounters in her work. Amy will also talk about developing communities as a GitHub Campus Expert and her work towards encouraging more women into technology roles.



Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 13th Feb at DMU

On Monday 13th February, tech startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious will be available all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat at DMU’s Innovation Centre co-working space. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions.


ben raviliousBen Ravilious is a co-founder of audience polling startup ParticiPoll as well as a co-director of web and app development agency Ultimateweb which specialises in working with startups. Ben can help with web and app development, startup idea validation, how to position your startup, content marketing, software-as-a-service (Saas) products, pricing, community building.



David Chan is founder of cybersecurity startup Aroclave as well as the Entrepreneur in Residence at CyLon Accelerator.  David founded his first tech startup while still an undergraduate at Imperial College and has co-founded/worked at multiple startups in the UK and Silicon Valley doing CRM, eCommerce and Cybersecurity. David advises/mentors students and several early stage startups and can talk about a wide range of topics.


Slots will be up to 30 mins long and will follow David Cohen’s Mentor Manifesto principles. We won’t try to boss you, sell you anything or steal your idea and you might end up mentoring us!

Email ben@ultimateweb.co.uk if you have any questions.

(hat tip to Brad Feld for the Random Days idea)

Slack Friday virtual meetup, 27th Jan from 3pm

Does my startup suck? Will I be rich? Is it home time yet? Come and ask these and other important questions with 100+ other people on our Leicester Startups Slack channel on Friday 27th Jan from 3pm!

slack friday

Slack Friday is an opportunity to give and receive help or just chat with fellow local startup folk. Start by introducing yourself or asking a question in the #general channel and then spin-off conversations in private.

Sign-in on your Slack app or here: https://leicesterstartups.slack.com. If you’re not already on our Slack team, get an invite here: http://www.leicesterstartups.com/wp-login.php?action=slack-invitation

Meet The Startup: LoyalFree, 26th Jan

LoyalFree is a mobile phone app running multiple loyalty schemes at local independent businesses. Co-founders Jason Nesbitt and Sophie Hainsworth will share their journey from the initial ideas to the current journey of growth.