• #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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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.

Start-Up Cafe at University of Leicester – Tues 23 Jan

University of Leicester Start-Up Café is opportunities 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! At this event hear from inspiring […]

Create Leicester, 18th Jan

Create aims to brings together the digital design community in Leicester and Leicestershire.  The events are open to all with an interest in improving the digital design environment in our city.  Speakers at this session are:- Linh Nguyen Slater – Every collaboration helps you grow Linh will outline how design firms and consultancies can work […]

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Next Events

December 9, 2019
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
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
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
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