• #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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Tech Business Networking event in Loughborough, 5th Sept

Are you a business owner looking for opportunities to partnership with amazing individuals? Then why not pop along to our forthnightly Business Workshop & Networking event, where you can meet new people who may be able to help grow your business. We are a community where start ups, young entrepreneurs, creative geniuses, freelancers, and techies […]

Leicester Startup Drinks, 27th July

A no-stress chance for Leicester’s startup entrepreneurs (and friends) to come together and just chat freely. No presentations or formalities, just drinks and startup talk from 5pm. PLEASE NOTE: The venue is Hotel Maiyango, NOT the ground floor Maiyango restaurant. Head to Jubilee Square and take the smaller door to the right of Circle Cars and […]

Meet The Startup: My Teacher’s Feedback, 31st Aug

My Teacher’s Feedback lets school teachers replace handwritten marking with recorded audio feedback to cut workload, improve students’ progress and develop better relationships between home and school. Founder Mark Sutton, a senior teacher at Soar Valley College in Leicester (and former product designer) will share how he has turned his frustration with handwritten marking into […]

Colab Loughborough workshop: How to have a best business year of your life, 26th July

Business  coach Yogi Bhatt will take you on a journey to beat procrastination, get more done in less time and provide you with the opportunity to have the best year in your business life ever. Come along to our regular networking events and workshops to share your business experience and make new connections. We are a […]

Business Networking Event at Colab Loughborough, 12th July

We are a community where start ups, young entrepreneurs, creative geniuses, freelancers, and techies work & meet to co-work, co-share, co-create, and collaborate. Come along to our regular networking events and workshops to share your business experience and make new connections, which could become the key to your business.

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Next Events

October 24, 2019
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
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
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
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
Location: TBC
A celebration of social enterprise from across the region. More info coming soon...!