• #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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University of Leicester Start Up Cafe, 8th Dec

Talk by an expert in identifying business’ unique story and using this to create a brilliant brand. You will explore your unique business characteristics and develop a brand language where every word differentiates, persuades and pays for itself! Our Start-Up Café is an opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, including local business leaders, academic business champions […]

University of Leicester Start Up Cafe, 10th Nov

Serial Tech coFounder, and Lean Startup Practitioner, Paul Muston who will share his experience of adopting lean start-up techniques to get your business started. Paul has grown and developed six further spin-out companies and is a start-up mentor and ‘Technologist in Residence’ at local business incubator Startdoms. Our Start-Up Café is an opportunity to network […]

Cake Loughborough: Creative & Entrepreneurial Meet Up, 29th Oct

Cake is a free bimonthly meet up for creatives, designers, developers & entrepreneurs in Loughborough. Craft and design magazine editor Pete Mosley will talk about making extraordinary things happen. Qualified teacher, best-selling author, happiness expert and learning junkie Andy Cope describes himself as a qualified teacher, author, happiness expert and learning junkie.

Saturday Access to DMU Co-working Space on DMU Open Days

The Innovation Centre co-working space will open on DMU open days between 9am and 2pm on the following dates:- Saturday 14th November 2015 Saturday 9th January 2016 Our Co-working space is open to business residents, DMU staff, students, graduates and ICM’s (Innovation Centre Members). Anyone who wants to work on their start-up business ideas alongside […]

Innovation in Business – Collaboration for Success, 17-18th Nov

Join us for a fast paced two-day event to hear carefully selected local businesses and experts from the De Montfort University and Peninsula Business Services talking about essential business issues in easy to understand “real-world” bite sized presentations. Got an idea but do not know how to exploit it? – Join us to learn some […]

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Next Events

September 25, 2019
Testing your startup idea
Location: DMU Innovation Centre
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with an innovative business idea? We can help you to explore quickly whether you have customers for your product or service, by planning where to find them and how to speak to them.  Expect a friendly environment, like-minded people, help with planning how to test your market quickly and info on where to go for more help.  People from all backgrounds welcome Sign up at: https://startuptesting250919.eventbrite.co.uk  #community
September 26, 2019
Founders-Only Round Table
Location: Fibre
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://founderroundtable26sept19.eventbrite.co.uk #Community
September 27, 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/free-cake-friday-at-the-leicester-innovation-hub-tickets-49280054971
October 7, 2019
Free Startup Mentoring
Location: DMU Innovation Centre
Startup founders will be bookable all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions. Details and bookings open soon. #community
October 8, 2019
Leicester Digital Live
Location: Haymarket Theatre

Anicca Digital present Leicester’s premier digital marketing event, bringing you the latest in Ecommerce, Social Media, Paid Search & SEO from some of the UK's leading marketers and speakers. Get practical advice from some of the world’s leading marketers, brands and keynote speakers, in a one day event packed full of interesting digital content that you can take away and implement within your own business. Details and tickets at https://anicca.co.uk/leicester-digital-live/