• #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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Start Up Cafe at University of Leicester, 7th June

Join us for a funny and enlightening Start-up Café where we’ll explore how you can push your idea or business to the next level by maximising the potential of your networks and creativity. We’re delighted to be welcoming comedian and entrepreneur Jim Shields, owner of Twist & Shout Communications. Jim has worked with organisations from […]

Satellite Applications Competitions – Discovery Workshop, 24th June

If you have an idea on how data from satellites can be used for society or in business, or if you are thinking of a business innovation based on Sat Nav or Earth observation, come and find out how to expand your idea. We will introduce several international Challenges (ESNC Challenge, Copernicus Masters and NASA Europa Challenge), which […]

PHPem: Imposter Syndrome, 2nd June

Do you feel like you’re faking it? like you don’t feel good enough to do your job? Feeling like you’ve blagged your way through your career? Then like the speaker, PHP developer Mark Bradley and hundreds of others, you might be suffering from imposter syndrome. During his talk, Mark will discuss what imposter syndrome is and how […]

Accelerate your startup from £50 only!

A new acceleration programme from Startdoms… “We finally made it! After several months of testing prices, startups, business models, programs and… our nerves, we created the perfect, most affordable way for bootstrapers to be accelerated. We now have three online programs for early stage startups, starting at £50!…..”

Meet The Startup: Music Reading Trainer App, Thurs 26th May

Meet The Startup: Music Reading Trainer App The MRT-Guitar App is designed to train guitarists of any style of playing to read standard musical notation at sight. It is technology delivering an old skill in a new way. Founder, Julian Wright is an enthusiastic guitarist and a reluctant coder who originated a project he could not […]

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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