• #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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Meet The Startup: Travamigos, 28th March

Meet The Startup: Travamigos  Travamigos is an app that allows solo travellers to connect with groups of likeminded adventurers heading for the same destination. Backed by Skyscanner, Hostelworld and WeSwap, their app makes travel safer, cheaper and more social. Available from the App Store, Travamigos is the brainchild of 23 year old CEO and co-founder James […]

Open Coffee Club, 14th March

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.

UoL Start-Up Café, 19th March

Join the University of Leicester Innovation Hub team to network with entrepreneurs, local business leaders, academic business champions and graduates and undergraduates interested in start-up. Whether you have just a spark of an idea, are running a business or just aspire to be your own boss this is the place for you!

Open Coffee Club, 14th Feb

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.

Start-Up Cafe,12th Feb

Join the University of Leicester Innovation Hub team to network with entrepreneurs, local business leaders, academic business champions and graduates and undergraduates interested in start-up. Whether you have just a spark of an idea, are running a business or just aspire to be your own boss this is the place for you!

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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