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

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

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Dragon’s Den in the University of Leicester, 16th March

You are all invited to the Dragon’s Den of the Startdoms Informatics Accelerator at the University of Leicester. This year in the startup accelerator 20 third year Informatics students participated, developing software products that are ready to be launched. The students will pitch in front of an experienced ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel of investors, seasoned entrepreneurs […]

UoL Startup Cafe – Space Industries Accelerator Launch, 6th March

Fast Company predict that there will be 10,000 private space companies started in the next decade. Could you be one of them? We’re looking for the next generation of ‘astropreneurs’ – anyone who is innovative, creative and passionate. It could be you’re interested in starting a business in the space industry, or you want to […]

Founders-Only Mastermind Groups, 2nd March

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 Mastermind Groups are a great way to quickly give you objective clarity or a helpful nudge. Think of […]

Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 26th Feb at University of Leicester

On Monday 26th February, tech startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious will be available all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat at University of Leicester’s Innovation Hub, 7 Salisbury Road. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions. CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SLOT Ben Ravilious is a co-founder of audience polling startup […]

Meet The Startup: Reviews.co.uk, 25th Jan

Serial entrepreneurs Callum McKeefery and Nikki Albano set-up Reviews.co.uk in Leicester in 2011. They now have offices in Leicester, London & Los Angeles. Callum will share the story of how Reviews.co.uk has achieved a multi-million pound turnover, working with some of the UK’s biggest online companies.

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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...!