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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.

Leicester Coders Night, 4th Nov

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.

Meet The Startup: Watch The Hype, Thurs 27th Oct

Meet The Start-Up: Watch The Hype Watch The Hype is an electonic music magazine that specialises in promoting new up-and-coming artists through digital channels. Co-founders Matt and Oli return to DMU, the birthplace of the company, to talk about starting out in the music industry, how to run a successful online magazine, and why it’s […]

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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