Free Startup Mentoring, 15th May at LCB Depot

On Monday 16th May, tech startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious will be available all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat in the cafe at LCB Depot on Rutland Street in the city centre. 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)

Co-working Space Survey – Can You Help?

Do you work independently and find it hard to work from home? Do you sometimes wish you had someone to help with a business problem or talk through ideas? Would you like more opportunities for networking and collaboration?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you are in luck!  Planning for the first independent, low cost, flexible coworking space in the heart of Leicester has begun. Nurtured by regular events, a host and good coffee, the new shared space will provide amazing opportunities for creativity, collaboration and innovation.

If you would like to be part of this exciting new community, please keep in touch and tell us what YOU would like to see in a coworking space by completing this short survey:

For more information, contact Gail.

4 New Startups: Hoohair, Workvine, University Guide & UniYap, Thurs 25th Feb 5pm

This month’s evening event will be an opportunity for four new startups to introduce themselves to the community each with brief 5 presentations followed by questions:-

Hoohair: Need a haircut? Cut the hassle! Find and book your perfect haircut. All from your phone.”

Workvine: Workvine offers employers the communication tools and solutions they need to keep their mobile, remote, dispersed and blue collar workforces engaged, agile, productive and committed, no matter where they are.

University Guide: Helping students and family members make complex decisions about where best to study in UK.

UniYap: Channel based instant communication, news and offers just for students, with their universities in mind.

Video from Open Coffee: Jadu – Startup to £5m Turnover

Video coverage of Matt Culpin’s Open Coffee talk about Jadu on 23rd September. Video production by Kinetal Media.

Launch of the Leicester Digital Exchange, Oct 7th

photoInaugural meetup of a new social and networking group for companies within Leicestershire and the surrounding area that are either suppliers or user of digital technology and/or marketing.

New Meetup Group: East Midlands Front-End, 8th Sept (postponed to 22nd)


NOTE: This is now been postponed to 22nd September.

Calling all Javascript, CSS, HTML, Ionic, Angularjs, Cordova/Phonegap devs! If you are excited about front-end design or development, are eager to learn or share your knowledge, looking for team mates, or get sometimes itchy to start coding, this meetup group may be a perfect fit for you.

Learning to Thryyve or How to Become a Startup, 30th Sept


Paul Ince, founder of social selling service Thryyve will share his experiences with other founders. Working in the technology partner space for 15 years, Paul was tired with putting forward new ideas only for someone else to reap the benefits. Leaving the rather comfortable 9-5 world to set up a business has been a risk and a challenge, particularly as he knew absolutely nothing about being an entrepreneur. In this talk, Paul tells the story of his journey, how he convinced others to be involved, and the lessons he’s still learning.

Growth Hacking for Innovative Businesses, Oct 14


Dr. Constantina Katsari has partnered up with a team of growth hackers over the past few months and will give you enough tips and tools during this meeting to last you for a whole year of growth hacking activities. The talk will be perfect for businesses who are launching innovative products or businesses that have an innovative business model. You do not have to be a techie person. Just come and be inspired!

Founder’s Dating Night, Sept 2nd

photoIf you are a founder of a startup or you are trying to build your team or you want to participate in another startup, this is your chance to meet your potential cofounders. You can come with an idea and pitch it to the participants or you can come with a set of skills that will be useful to a startup.

How to Create a Product in Less Than Two Weeks, Sept 16th

photoPaul Muston, an expert in rapid prototyping, will show you how a software product can easily be created for your business in the space of two hours . There is a false assumption that such products take months to be completed and get ready for the market. This talk is perfect for startups or for established businesses who want to create a new innovative product. So, if you have a product idea and you do not know how to move forward with it, we would suggest that you do not miss this opportunity!