• #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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Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 12th June at DMU

On Monday 12th June, tech startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious will be available all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat at DMU’s Innovation Centre co-working space. 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 ParticiPoll as […]

Leicester Coworking Space – Opening Early 2018

Plans to open a coworking space in Leicester city centre are at an advanced stage and we’re inviting you to pre-register your interest as a potential tenant or user. Coworking spaces are low-cost, low commitment shared workspaces where freelancers, startups and community groups can go to work, meet, learn and connect. Planned features include access to hot-desk workspace, […]

Start Up Cafe: University of Leicester Networking Event, Tues 6 June

Business Start-Up Café: Leicester’s Start-up Line-up Over the past 3 months our start-up programme, Launchpad Leicester, has supported 10 innovative and ambitious student start-ups to make their ideas a reality. On the evening of Tuesday 6th June 2017 we’ll be hearing pitches from each of these start-ups, and celebrating their journey through the programme. UoL […]

Meet The Startup: Fluxible, Thurs 25th May

Meet The Start-Up: Fluxible Fluxible is a mobile app and software connecting freelance contractors to jobs at companies directly. Co-Founders Bill and Callum Blair will share their journey from the initial idea stage, working in their old business, right through to their recent launch and current growth stage.

Innovation in a Material World, 21st April

This event will explore the tensions and complementarities between the intangible aspects of innovation and its realization in physical form. The event will include insights from three international keynote contributors, a creative participatory exercise and plenty of opportunity for group discussion to explore the future challenges involved in managing the innovation process.

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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