• #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 Cake Friday – Sustainability and Innovation, 26th April

Join University of Leicester’s Innovation Hub team at their next ‘Free Cake Friday’ networking event. Free Cake Fridays provide an excellent opportunity to network with the innovation team, enterprising academics from the University of Leicester, amazing local companies, recent graduate start-ups and regional business & innovation support organisations in a friendly and informal environment….and there’ll […]

Founders-Only Round Table, 25th April (NEW VENUE)

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. […]

Open Coffee Club, 9th May

An opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, developers and marketers involved and interested in startups to get together in a really informal setting to meet, chat and make connections.  

Open Coffee Club, 11th April

  An opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, developers and marketers involved and interested in startups to get together in a really informal setting to meet, chat and make connections.

Free Cake Friday, 29th March

Join University of Leicester’s Innovation Hub team at their next ‘Free Cake Friday’ networking event. Free Cake Fridays provide an excellent opportunity to network with the innovation team, enterprising academics from the University of Leicester, amazing local companies, recent graduate start-ups and regional business & innovation support organisations in a friendly and informal environment….and there’ll […]

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Next Events

August 22, 2019
Thu
22
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
Thu
19
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
Fri
27
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