Resources

Here are some links and books worth checking out. Contact us to suggest other resources.
Community Groups and Meetups
Open Coffee – Our original talk+meet-up event. Contact us to be added to the invite list.

Leicester Co-working – a community of startups & freelancers who organise regular co-working meetups.

Startup Cafe – Popular University of Leicester event for both students and non-students held once a term. Contact Peter Hitchings at enterpriselearning@leicester.ac.uk to join the invite list.

Angels & Startups – Bringing together Business Angels and Startups from the Midlands to network, find common ground and collaborate in innovative projects.

Leicester Lean Startups – A meetup group dedicated to learning and practising Lean Startup methodology (quickly building products and customer bases though fast build-measure-learn iteration loops)

Startup-up DMU – De Montfort University’s is a technology focused business society at the Leicester Business School.

Digital Startups – Regular evening meetups for startup entrepreneurs.

Creative Coffee Leicester – A fortnightly meet-up for creative people and those looking to meet creatives.

 

Venues

Incubate Leicester – Leicester’s first dedicated incubator, accelerator and co-working space for startups.

Dock – Leicester’s new hub for high tech, low carbon and innovative businesses.

DMU Innovation Centre – A launch-pad for student, graduate and staff businesses which are either innovative by nature of their products or services or can demonstrate innovative working practises.

LCB Depot – Creative hub at the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. A place where creative businesses can flourish.

Phoenix – Houses workspaces, an independent cinema, cafe bar, gallery and apartments. The LCB Depot team manage 29 creative workspaces, a business lounge and postal address service at Phoenix.

 

Funding, Mentoring & Advice

Startdoms – Leicester’s first accelerator programme.

Enterprise Inc – Startup funding for recent graduates of a number of East Midlands universities.

NBV – A provider of advice, information and resources which pre-start individuals and small businesses require to be successful.

LLEP Business Gateway – A one stop shop for information about and access to available business support throughout Leicester and Leicestershire.

The Bank of TMC – An initiative that provides bespoke business start-up support to creative young people aged 16 to 25 years old.

Sir Thomas White Loan Charity – Interest free startup loans for 18-35 year olds in Leicestershire and Rutland

Harry James Riddleston Charity – Interest free business loans for 21-35 year olds in Leicestershire an Rutland

Technology Strategy Board – UK government innovation agency providing funding and support to innovators.

 

Investors

Tech Finance – Tech Finance specialises in working with technology company entrepreneurs to achieve high growth in shareholder value.

 

Business Services

Howes Percival – Solictors firm with specialisms in intellectual property and corporate law.

Serjeants – Leicester-based patent and trademark attorneys

Ekonomia – Consultants helping startups build using lean methodology.

Voice Brand Design – Branding, marketing communications, graphic design, digital and web agency. Designers of Leicester Tech Startups website!

Ultimateweb – Web and mobile app development agency specialising in partnerships and joint ventures with startups and graphic design agencies.

DS-Cubed – Student-led software development agency at De Montfort University

 

Blogs and Sites Worth Following

Brad Feld – Venture capitalist and startup communities evangelist.

Eric Reis – Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author recognized for pioneering the Lean Startup movement.

Steve Blank – Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician who is recognized for developing the customer development methodology which launched the Lean Startup movement.

Seth Godin – Marketing and leadership egghead.

Traction Stack – Curated directory of marketing resources from the authors of the Traction book.