• #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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Meet The Startup: SubconsciousVR, 25th Oct

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 […]

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 CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SLOT Ben Ravilious is a co-founder of audience polling startup ParticiPoll as […]

Free Cake Friday (NEW VENUE!), 28th Sept

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 […]

Connect at The Co-working Café, 27th Sept

Join the DMU Innovation Centre team 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 […]

Meet The Startup: Hike, 27th Sept

Meet The Startup: Hike (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW VENUE: 128 REGENT ROAD, LE1 7PA) Hike is a soon-to-be-launched platform for startups that guides you through the SEO actions you need to take to improve rankings for your website. Founders Andy Allen and Kieran Headley will share their story of pivoting their market from SEO agencies […]

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Next Events

August 22, 2019
Founders-Only Round Table (NEW VENUE)
Location: Fibre, 20 Deacon St, Leicester LE2 7EF
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. Please register at https://roundtable220819.eventbrite.co.uk #Community
September 19, 2019
Food Security and Resilience - Copernicus Hackathon
Location: Leicester Innovation Hub, University of Leicester, 128 Regent Rd, Leicester, LE1 7PA, UK
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. Details and registration at https://copernicushackathonleicester.eventbrite.co.uk/
September 27, 2019
Free Cake Friday
Location: Leicester Innovation Hub | University of Leicester, 128 Regent Rd, Leicester LE1 7PA, UK
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. Details and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-cake-friday-at-the-leicester-innovation-hub-tickets-49280054971