Connect @ the Co-working Cafe: October, 23rd Oct

Join DMU’s Innovation Centre team us 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. The event is an informal evening of motivation and inspiration from local entrepreneurs, academics, students and graduates, all sharing their knowledge and experiences through talks, Q&A’s, panel discussions and networking. Students, graduates, University staff and the local business community all atttend this regular event, which is free of charge.

Meet The Startup: SubconsciousVR, 25th Oct

Alex Ruhl

Meet The Startup: SubconsciousVR

Award-winning Leicester-based virtual reality production studio CATS are not PEAS recently announced the launch of Subconscious VR, a SaaS product to transform workplace training using adaptive & personalised virtual reality training programmes. Founder Alex Rühl (The Drum’s 50 under 30 & winner of Pioneers of Immersive Realities award 2018) will share her journey of pivoting from production to products and the challenges of working with such early-stage technology.

Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 15th Oct at UoL

Startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious are bookable all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions.

Venue: The Innovation Hub, University of Leicester, 128 Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 7PA


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 are 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)