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 Tracey.waterfield@leicester.gov.uk


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.

Food Security and Resilience – Copernicus Hackathon, 19-20 Sept

Calling all coders, researchers, scientists, designers, storytellers, problem-solvers, and anyone enthusiastic about addressing challenges faced by us all. The Food Security and Resilience Copernicus Hackathon is coming to Leicester for the first time.

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.

Hack The Buyer Brain, 2nd July


Hosted by Anicca Digital, Kenda Macdonald, CEO of Automation Ninjas will be discussing how to hack the buyer brain. Understanding what your customers want puts you in a key position of knowing what to give them. Sounds easy enough right? But so many businesses aren’t putting in the legwork to lift the hood and delve into the customer’s journey. Hack The Buyer Brain is all about getting to grips with why customers do what they do and how to use this information to behaviourally automate for happier customers.

Meet The Founder: Suresh Patel, 30th May

Meet The Founder: Suresh Patel

Suresh Patel has brushed shoulders with the PayPal founders (one slept on his floor!), he received a funding request from a young Jeff Bezos whilst working at a hedge fund and he also built and sold a £12m revenue edtech company in Leicester used by 50% of UK schools.

Now Suresh in planning to give back to Leicester with a coworking space and tech accelerator, investing £800k of his own money plus £500k from an investor.

This event is an opportunity to hear Suresh’s incredible story and ask him questions about his future plans.