• #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, 25th Jan

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 […]

Connect @ the Coworking Cafe: 29th Jan

Join the DMU Innovation Centre team at their next Connect @ the Coworking Café and hear from a group of entrepreneurs and freelancers how their journey started and lessons they have learnt, with a new year, new you theme. The event is an informal evening of motivation and inspiration from local entrepreneurs, academics, students and […]

Leicester Open Coffee Club, 10th Jan

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. The aim is to meet at least once per month in an informal and relaxed environment […]

Meet The Startup: Travamigos, 31st Jan

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 […]

Leicester Startup Weekend, 1-2 Dec

Pitch, Build & Launch a Startup in a Single Weekend Ever had a great idea for a web, app or tech startup business but not had the time, experience or connections to bring it to life? This weekend-long event is dedicated to team building, expert mentoring, networking and pitching to help you turn your business […]

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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/