• #1 Instaprint "Best UK Cities for Millennial Start-Ups"

  • #2 Barclays’ SME Growth Factors Index "best cities in the UK in which to start a business"

  • #3 Instant Office’s "UK’s Most Entrepreneurial City 2018" Ranking

  • UK #1 for increase in digital business births 2006-16 at 568%

  • #4 Paymentsense "best UK cities to start a business in 2019"

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Open Coffee Club, 11th April

  An 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.

Free Cake Friday, 29th March

Join University of Leicester’s Innovation Hub team at their next ‘Free Cake Friday’ networking event. Free Cake Fridays provide an excellent opportunity to network with the innovation team, enterprising academics from the University of Leicester, amazing local companies, recent graduate start-ups and regional business & innovation support organisations in a friendly and informal environment….and there’ll […]

Meet The Startup: Travamigos, 28th March

Meet The Startup: Travamigos  Travamigos is an app that allows solo travellers to connect with groups of likeminded adventurers heading for the same destination. Backed by Skyscanner, Hostelworld and WeSwap, their app makes travel safer, cheaper and more social. Available from the App Store, Travamigos is the brainchild of 23 year old CEO and co-founder James […]

Open Coffee Club, 14th March

Open Coffee Club is a simple idea – have a fixed time and place where entrepreneurs, investors, developers and marketers involved and interested in startups could get together in a really informal setting to meet, chat and make connections.

UoL Start-Up Café, 19th March

Join the University of Leicester Innovation Hub team to network with entrepreneurs, local business leaders, academic business champions and graduates and undergraduates interested in start-up. Whether you have just a spark of an idea, are running a business or just aspire to be your own boss this is the place for you!

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Next Events

December 9, 2019
Mon
09
Build Your Public Speaking Confidence for Pitching
Location: Room 0.82
Speaking skills are important for leaders and mastering startup pitch is equally important for founder and for their marketing team. If you have never tried public speaking or you have but want to improve, you might want to come to the session. Details and booking at http://www.meetup.com/Angels-and-Startups/events/266396237/
December 10, 2019
Tue
10
Open Coffee Club
Location: Leicester Coffee House Company
Open Coffee Club is a simple idea - have a fixed time and place where entrepreneurs, investors, developers and marketers involved and interested in startups could get together in a really informal setting to meet, chat and make connections. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicester-open-coffee-club-12-tickets-74676392099
January 23, 2020
Thu
23
NatWest Satellite Pre-Accelerator Ignition
Location: The Innovation Centre

Pre-Accelerator is designed to give entrepreneurs the power to start, scale and succeed. Fully Funded by NatWest and De Montfort University (but open to anyone), it provides a fully-funded, quick-fire, intensive eight-week course for early-stage entrepreneurs. Details and booking here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natwest-satellite-pre-accelerator-ignition-leicester-tickets-83958499131  
January 31, 2020
Fri
31
University of Leicester Innovation Friday
Location: Leicester Innovation Hub | University of Leicester
Innovation 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. Details and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-friday-at-the-leicester-innovation-hub-tickets-49280209433