BBC Radio Leicester Coverage of Leicester Startup Week


Student entrepreneur Domingo Armengol Arcas and Leicester Startups CIC founder Ben Ravilious discussed entrepreneurship and Leicester Startup Week with Ben Jackson on BBC Radio Leicester on Tuesday 19th Nov. You can listen to the interview again here: (starts 38 minutes in)


Announcing Leicester Startup Week 2019

Our second annual Leicester Startup Week starts on Monday 18th November at venues across the city. There’s a packed calendar of events to help startups at all stages of their journeys, culminating in our annual startup weekend. Here are highlights of the events and activities:-

  • How to test your idea
  • How to scale your business
  • Free mentoring
  • Tech Nation insights into Leicester’s startup scene
  • Female Founders Club launch
  • Sports startup networking
  • Snap Travel CEO talk
  • Investor masterclass
  • Founders social
  • Leicester Startup Weekend

For full details of all the events and to book tickets, click here.

Calling all Leicester Female Founders!

During Leicester Start Up week, the Female Founder’s Club is launching their first networking event in Leicester on Wednesday 20th November 2019.

The Female Founder’s club connect, support and elevate women in business in the local region. They currently offer networking opportunities and are launching workshops and masterclasses, in the new year, to provide female entrepreneurs with business and personal development support.

This evening is for people to connect with business owners in the local area, start a conversation about how the local region should be supporting female entrepreneurship and how female entrepreneurs can help elevate each other. Men are also encouraged to attended the event as to make a real impact everyone need to be involved.

Sukhveer, Director of Female Founders says, “a strong network is one of the key factors when starting out a business so, I launched these events to encourage more women to connect with each other. Female entrepreneurs are on average 5 times less likely to scale their business and we believe that by connecting we can change this narrative.”

You can connect with the Female Founder’s Club on Twitter and Instagram @_femalefounder and if you would like to hear more about the launch of their workshops and future events you can subscribe on

TEDxLeicester 2019 talks by Leicester startup founders

ICYMI, here are two local startup founders presenting at the recent TEDxLeicester Conference on 7th September 2019.

Sophie Hainsworth is the CEO & Co-Founder of multi award winning app LoyalFree.


Alex Rühl (The Drum’s 50 under 30 women in digital) is an award-winning virtual reality filmmaker and founder of CATS are not PEAS, a production studio that specialises in creating immersive experiences that impact people’s lives.

Teen Tech Science and Technology Festival comes to Leicester

An exciting science and technology festival is being organised at the Morningside Arena on Thursday 24th October 2019. Leicester Employment Hub is collaborating with Maggie Philbin (ex – BBC science presenter) and her team at Teen Tech in organising an exciting interactive event, showcasing science and technology of the future.

30 local and national employers are being given the opportunity to inspire over 200 local pupils from years 8/9 by delivering interactive activities. The event is organised into zoned activities of 15 and 30 minutes, with groups of pupils getting hands on with new technologies and ideas. The range of employers already signed up to attend include Leicester University, DeMontfort University, Loughborough University, CITB, Leicester Space Centre, NHS, HS2, BBC and Leicester City Council.

Over 100 year 6 students will also get to present their project ideas of The City of Tomorrow, this follows on from curriculum activity being delivered in schools which aims to inspire creative ideas and to get pupils thinking ‘outside the box’ about the future

If you want to be a part of this event please get in touch, we have spaces available for you to show off  your great ideas, they don’t have to include lots of whizzy kit, we just want people who are passionate about what they do. (think Blue Peter – bottle tops and sticky tape )  email


Free Cake Friday, Sept 27th

Free Cake Friday is an opportunity to network with the University of Leicester Innovation Hub Team, enterprising academics from here at Leicester and other universities too, innovators from local companies, recent student/graduate start-ups, regional businesses and innovation support organisations in a friendly and informal environment.

Free Cake Friday, 26th July

This month’s Free Cake Friday will be discussing food security, and use this theme to showcase the more general effect and impact of open data and open software on commercial opportunities and business growth. Free Cake Friday is an opportunity to network with the University of Leicester Innovation Hub Team, innovative regional businesses, enterprising academics and innovation support organisations in a friendly and informal environment.

Founders-Only Round Table, 27th June

Ever feel like you’re running your startup from inside an echo chamber? Would you value the thoughts and insight of other local entrepreneurs who can scrutinise you and your business from outside your bubble? If so then our round table events are a great way to quickly give you objective clarity or a helpful nudge.


Please note: this event is for active startup founders only. Sorry employees, freelancers, consultants and agency people but this event is not for you unless you’ve got a potentially scalable startup side project on the go. Would-be founders who aren’t properly active yet might find our monthly free startup mentoring sessions more suitable.

CREATE Leicester Workshop, 1st Aug

Create Leicester welcome Alex Woolley-Allen from Sainsbury’s who will be hosting their first workshop at LCB Depot. ‘Insight into action’ covers practical strategies for increasing the organisational impact of insight on design & innovation. This workshop will be perfect for those actively involved in creating and delivering digital products and experiences.

Open Coffee Club, 11th July

photoAn opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, developers and marketers involved and interested in startups to get together in a really informal setting to meet, chat and make connections.