Connect @ The Co-working Café, 20th March

Join the DMU IC team at their next Connect @ the Co-working Café and hear from a group of entrepreneurs and freelancers how their journey started and lessons they have learnt:-

Kwoklyn Wan, martial arts expert and restaurateur.

Jane Hearst, social entrepreneur and winner of the most recent DMU Pitch2Win student enterprise competition.

Simon Baines, founder of a number of successful, national entertainment and lifestyle websites as well as the current manager of DMU’s Innovation Centre

This event is free but pre-booking is essential.


GDPR – A free workshop for businesses, 12th April

Join the DMU IC team in the Co-working Café for a free workshop on forthcoming GDPR legalisation.  Adam will take guests through the new legislation and will outline the actions businesses will need to take to ensure they are GDPR compliant. The new legislation comes into force in May 2018. This event is free of charge, however pre-registration is essential.

Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 16th April at DMU

On Monday 16th April, tech startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious will be bookable 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 if you have any questions.

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

Meet The SaaS Founder: Mark Seemann, 29th March

Meet The SaaS Founder: Mark Seemann

Serial tech founder Mark Seemann will talk about about building and exiting and £40m Software-as-a-Service businesses in Leicester – and also about his newest startup StaffCircle

There will be an opportunity to network freely with mark and the other attendees after the presentation.

Create Leicester, 5th April

0EFYK7hu_400x400Create aims to brings together the digital design community in Leicester and Leicestershire. The events are open to all with an interest in improving the digital design environment in our city.

Paul Robert Lloyd: Fantasies of the Future
Drawing inspiration from architectural practice, its successes and failures, Paul Robert Lloyd will question the role of design in a world being eaten by software.

Paul Moran – Speed up your team with a service blueprint
When people from different parts of a business get together to solve a problem, progress can be slower than anticipated. Why? And what can they do about it? Paul will speak about his experiences working with cross-functional teams to address a range of service design challenges.

Dragon’s Den in the University of Leicester, 16th March


You are all invited to the Dragon’s Den of the Startdoms Informatics Accelerator at the University of Leicester. This year in the startup accelerator 20 third year Informatics students participated, developing software products that are ready to be launched. The students will pitch in front of an experienced ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel of investors, seasoned entrepreneurs and mentors who will provide feedback and hopefully funding for their ventures. The event will finish with food and drinks in order to celebrate entrepreneurship in the University of Leicester.