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  • #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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RSM Research & Development Tax Credits Workshop, 16th Jan

De Montfort University in association with RSM is hosting a workshop to help local businesses and students to understand and maximise the potential of Research & Development (R&D) tax credits and obtain cash back from HMRC.

Founders-Only Round Table, 15th Nov

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. […]

Women in STEM: CODE Debugging the Gender Gap documentary and panel discussion, 6th Dec

The first in a series of events supporting women in STEM at the University of Leicester’s Innovation Hub. The Women in STEM series aims to encourage women into STEM and provide a space for women share experiences, learn, mentor and link into a supportive network. This event will showcase the documentary, ‘CODE: De-bugging the Gender […]

Christmas Connect @ The Co-working Cafe, Nov 28th

Join De Montfort University’s 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 […]

Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 26th Nov at DMU

Startup founders David Chan, Ben Ravilious & Warren Doyle 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 Centre, De Montfort University, 49 Oxford Street, Leicester,  LE1 5XY UPDATE: ADDITIONAL MENTOR SLOTS ADDED FOR LEICESTER STARTUP WEEK – BOOK NOW! CLICK HERE […]

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Next Events

October 24, 2019
Thu
24
Create Leicester 2019
Location: Curve Theatre
Create Leicester proudly presents an exclusive day event for digital creators, producers, managers and administrators. Create’s first day-long event will welcome diverse digital talent from all over the UK to learn from inspirational speakers in the heart of the UK digital scene.  Buy tickets at https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/member-events/create-leicester-2019/
October 25, 2019
Fri
25
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-aka-cake-friday-at-the-leicester-innovation-hub-tickets-49280156274
October 31, 2019
Thu
31
Leicester Business Voice: Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Location: Curve Theatre

Successful Leicestershire based entrepreneurs will provide insights on how they have/are utilising Science and Innovation to inform their business plan, secure grant funding, gain higher profile and competitive advantage to grow their business. The event is aimed at entrepreneurs, business owners (pre start-up, early stage and established businesses) and professionals (accountants, solicitors, bank managers). This event is hosted by Leicester Business Voice (LBV) and the University of Leicester Innovation Hub. Details and tickets are at https://lbf2019.ticketleap.com/science-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/details
Thu
31
Meet the Startup: Dead Happy
Location: The Innovation Centre

Phil Zeidler is a serial entrepeneur who previously set up various successful business in the insurance sector, the most recent of which reached 1m customers and £80m turnover. Phil is now taking on the ultimate taboo....death. Backed by venture capital, DeadHappy is developing its revolutionary ‘Deathwish’ platform alongside redefining the user experience of buying life insurance and (coming soon) digital wills. This event will be an opportunity to hear Phil's story and ask questions, followed by networking with other local entrepreneurs. Details and tickets at https://meetdeadhappy311019.eventbrite.co.uk #Community
November 1, 2019
Fri
01
#SocEnt2019
Location: TBC
A celebration of social enterprise from across the region. More info coming soon...!