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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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Meet our Accelerator Startups

The Leicester Startups Accelerator begins on Monday. The six-week programme will take eight startups on a journey of developing, shaping and validating their businesses. It will all culminate in the founders pitching their companies to a panel of investors on demo day. So who are our budding entrepreneurs?   Newny – Mukhtar Mohamoud Community organisations […]

Covid-born halal food delivery startup in Leicester hits milestone

A Leicester based halal food delivery startup, which was born out of the pandemic, is celebrating its 1,000th order. TheHalalFoodShop.com launched in May 2020 by former nightclub promoter Bilal Khan as a way of helping the Muslim community access their halal diet. The company sells halal certified products and aims to become the UK’s largest online […]

Leicester travel startup launches “most exciting product development” in its history

A startup in Leicester has soft launched a second version of its app which allows solo travellers to meet and book holidays. Travamigos has been redesigned to bring in more income to the business and to create a better customer experience. The company said it is the “most exciting product development in Travamigos history”. Version […]

Leicester insuretech firm smashes crowdfunding target

Leicester-based insurance startup DeadHappy has closed its online crowd funding campaign three weeks early after almost doubling its target. The firm closed on £2.7m after initially aiming to raise £1.5m. More than 1,200 people invested in the company. We recently spoke to co-founder of DeadHappy Phil Zeidler for the Leicester Startups Podcast, which you can […]

Leicester entrepreneur named best mentor to cybersecurity startup founders

A Leicester entrepreneur has been awarded for his role leading and mentoring hundreds of cybersecurity startup founders. David Chan was named the winner of the ‘Security Leader/Mentor’ category at the ‘Serious Unsung Heroes Awards’, which recognises the UK’s “Unsung Heroes in Cybersecurity”. He won after judges recognised him as someone in the industry who takes […]

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Next Events

October 26, 2020
Mon
26
Leicester Startups Accelerator
A six week intensive programme of mentoring, learning, networking building and pitching to get your startup moving faster. Full details at  https://www.leicesterstartups.com/accelerator/ or email info@leicesterstartups.com
October 29, 2020
Thu
29
Meet The Startup: Segmentum and Reignite
Location: Online
Join us for a fireside chat with Sean Duffy, a Multi award-winning, innovative eCRM specialist with over 17 years experience in email marketing & eCRM. Sean will share the story of his successful eCRM consultancy Segmentum and his new startup Reignite - a real-time email content platform that provides marketers with the tools to create personalised, real-time email content that adapts at the moment of open. Details and tickets at https://meetreignite291020.eventbrite.co.uk
October 30, 2020
Fri
30
Innovation Friday Online
Location: Online

Join the University of Leicester Innovation Hub team's next Innovation Friday, for a focus oncollaboration and business friendships in uncertain times. Details and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-friday-online-powering-innovation-together-tickets-49280471216

November 3, 2020
Tue
03
Demo at De Montfort - Innovation Technologies
Demo at De Montfort - a new event series hosted by the Innovation Centre gives businesses a platform to demonstrate their solutions to potential customers and fellow founders.


Demo 1 Innovation Technologies features demonstrations from four businesses who's technology helps businesses to innovate.

Sign up here
https://lbf2020.ticketleap.com/demo-at-de-montfort---innovation/details
November 4, 2020
Wed
04
Leicester Startups Pitch Night
A showcase of new ideas, and startups on the rise! Network with like-minded entrepreneurs and see their pitches live in action. Book your tickets to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicester-startups-pitch-night-tickets-107212126356