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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%

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Start Up Cafe at University of Leicester, 6th Dec

University of Leicester Start-Up Café is an opportunity 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!

Sustainable Urban Living Workshop, 22nd Nov

This workshop will look at some of the ways that the information collected by satellites can be used to improve the ecological, cultural, political, institutional, social and economic life of a city without leaving a burden on future generations. It is expected that local authorities and planners, environmental groups, business and trade organisations, and companies […]

Leicester Digital Exchange: “Using a screen reader” & “Why Coding Is Important”

Leicester Digital Exchange Xibis’ Development Director Fiona Holder will be presenting; “Using a screen reader to test the accessibility of your website” A screen reader is software that allows those with severe visual impairments to use a computer. It’s an area of accessibility that is often neglected as developers and testers don’t know how to […]

Free Startup Mentoring, 14th Nov at University of Leicester

On Monday 14th November, tech startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious will be available all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat at Attenborough Arts cafe on Lancaster Road near University of Leicester campus. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions. CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SLOT Ben Ravilious is a […]

Leicester Coders Night, 2nd Dec

Leicester Coders Night is an evening dedicated to improving old coding skills and making new ones. Participants will get the opportunity to talk to other coders and peer learners.

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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...!