Jaime Levy on UX Strategy, 25th July

UXStrategy-BookCoverJaime Levy author of UX Strategy joins UXey (formerly UX Leicester) in the heart of Leicester at The Exchange as part of her world wide book tour and conference.

User experience (UX) strategy requires a careful blend of business strategy and UX design, but until now, there hasn’t been an easy-to-apply framework for executing it. This hands-on guide introduces lightweight strategy tools and techniques to help you and your team craft innovative multi-device products that people want to use. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, UX/UI designer, product manager, or part of an intrapreneurial team, this book teaches simple-to-advanced strategies that you can use in your work right away.

Meet The Startup: Sphere, Thurs 29th June

Sphere is a transportation chat bot which uses machine learning techniques to improve the customer experience for commuters.

Ciaran Deasy developed Sphere as a final year project for his BSc Computer Science degree at University of Leicester and has since been accepted into the first cohort of the new London Midland Labs accelerator.

Ciaran has previous internship experience at Barclays Investment Bank, IBM and Barclays UK He has been nominated for the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award 2017 and is a participant in the University of Leicester LaunchPad Leicester programme.

Apple WWDC17 Live Stream Viewing Party, June 5th

Join Swipe & Tap for free drinks and pizza upstairs in the event room at Firebug Leicester, for an an event centred around Apple’s WWDC17 keynote, the one event in the tech calendar you can’t afford to miss if you want to stay ahead of the game. So if you’re passionate about all things Apple, or an iOS developer or any other tech enthusiast we would love to welcome you along to this free Keynote Viewing event so you can socialise with like minded people and discuss whats new in the world of Apple.

Leicester Coworking Space – Opening Early 2018

Plans to open a coworking space in Leicester city centre are at an advanced stage and we’re inviting you to pre-register your interest as a potential tenant or user. Coworking spaces are low-cost, low commitment shared workspaces where freelancers, startups and community groups can go to work, meet, learn and connect. Planned features include access to hot-desk workspace, evening and weekend access, personal lockers, mail boxes, meeting space, WIFI, coffee plus great community events. CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER and join the waiting list.

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Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 12th June at DMU

On Monday 12th June, 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)

Start Up Cafe: University of Leicester Networking Event, Tues 6 June

University_of_Leicester_Logo_ShieldBusiness Start-Up Café: Leicester’s Start-up Line-up

Over the past 3 months our start-up programme, Launchpad Leicester, has supported 10 innovative and ambitious student start-ups to make their ideas a reality. On the evening of Tuesday 6th June 2017 we’ll be hearing pitches from each of these start-ups, and celebrating their journey through the programme. UoL Start-Up Cafés are opportunities to network with entrepreneurs, local business leaders, academic business champions and graduates and undergraduates interested in start-up.