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  • #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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Food Security and Resilience – Copernicus Hackathon, 19-20 Sept

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.

Open Coffee Club, 11th July

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.

Hack The Buyer Brain, 2nd July

Hosted by Anicca Digital, Kenda Macdonald, CEO of Automation Ninjas will be discussing how to hack the buyer brain. Understanding what your customers want puts you in a key position of knowing what to give them. Sounds easy enough right? But so many businesses aren’t putting in the legwork to lift the hood and delve […]

Meet The Founder: Suresh Patel, 30th May

Meet The Founder: Suresh Patel Suresh Patel has brushed shoulders with the PayPal founders (one slept on his floor!), he received a funding request from a young Jeff Bezos whilst working at a hedge fund and he also built and sold a £12m revenue edtech company in Leicester used by 50% of UK schools. Now […]

WWDC 2019 Keynote Live Stream Viewing Party, 3rd June

Join Swipe & Tap for free drinks and snacks at LCB Depot – Leicester, for an event centred around Apple’s WWDC19 keynote. If you’re passionate about mobile app development, UI / UX Design or all things Apple we would love to welcome you along to this free keynote viewing event.

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Next Events

October 24, 2019
Thu
24
Create Leicester 2019
Location: Curve Theatre
Create Leicester proudly presents an exclusive day event for digital creators, producers, managers and administrators. Create’s first day-long event will welcome diverse digital talent from all over the UK to learn from inspirational speakers in the heart of the UK digital scene.  Buy tickets at https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/member-events/create-leicester-2019/
October 25, 2019
Fri
25
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-aka-cake-friday-at-the-leicester-innovation-hub-tickets-49280156274
October 31, 2019
Thu
31
Leicester Business Voice: Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Location: Curve Theatre

Successful Leicestershire based entrepreneurs will provide insights on how they have/are utilising Science and Innovation to inform their business plan, secure grant funding, gain higher profile and competitive advantage to grow their business. The event is aimed at entrepreneurs, business owners (pre start-up, early stage and established businesses) and professionals (accountants, solicitors, bank managers). This event is hosted by Leicester Business Voice (LBV) and the University of Leicester Innovation Hub. Details and tickets are at https://lbf2019.ticketleap.com/science-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/details
Thu
31
Meet the Startup: Dead Happy
Location: The Innovation Centre

Phil Zeidler is a serial entrepeneur who previously set up various successful business in the insurance sector, the most recent of which reached 1m customers and £80m turnover. Phil is now taking on the ultimate taboo....death. Backed by venture capital, DeadHappy is developing its revolutionary ‘Deathwish’ platform alongside redefining the user experience of buying life insurance and (coming soon) digital wills. This event will be an opportunity to hear Phil's story and ask questions, followed by networking with other local entrepreneurs. Details and tickets at https://meetdeadhappy311019.eventbrite.co.uk #Community
November 1, 2019
Fri
01
#SocEnt2019
Location: TBC
A celebration of social enterprise from across the region. More info coming soon...!