• #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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Sharelock: New startup that disrupts the crowdfunding market, 7th Oct

Sharelock aims to bring together people with business ideas  and people with the necessary skills (skillers) to delivery those ideas. The big idea is to remove money as a blocker to collaboration and make it a reward for collaboration. Skillers will be presented with business ideas that match their skills. They will be asked to contribute […]

New Meetup Group: East Midlands Front-End, 8th Sept (postponed to 22nd)

NOTE: This is now been postponed to 22nd September. Calling all Javascript, CSS, HTML, Ionic, Angularjs, Cordova/Phonegap devs! If you are excited about front-end design or development, are eager to learn or share your knowledge, looking for team mates, or get sometimes itchy to start coding, this meetup group may be a perfect fit for […]

Startdoms: Pitched! Sept 9th

Startdoms are holding a live and interactive pitching event. Each participant will have no more than five minute to make their startup presentation, followed by 10 minutes of questions from the panel and other attendees. The winner will be voted for by all present and the highest scorer will receive five hours of free 1-2-1 […]

Open Coffee: Meet The Startup: Graphene Sensor Solutions, Weds 26th Aug

Jamie Williams is a PhD student at the University of Leicester developing new, novel photodetector techniques using “wonder material” graphene. Jamie set up Graphic Sensor Solutions Ltd to commercialising potential graphene-based opportunities and will discuss research being done in Leicester and the potential commercialisation of graphene across the UK and Europe.

Growth Hacking for Innovative Businesses, Oct 14

Dr. Constantina Katsari has partnered up with a team of growth hackers over the past few months and will give you enough tips and tools during this meeting to last you for a whole year of growth hacking activities. The talk will be perfect for businesses who are launching innovative products or businesses that have an […]

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Next Events

September 25, 2019
Wed
25
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
Thu
26
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
Fri
27
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
Mon
07
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
Tue
08
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/